Music has been a part of Freedom Alternative High School senior Brennon Overton’s life since he was little.
His dad had a band with “a bunch of dudes” and Overton has been playing the guitar since he was eight years old. It is only natural for him to want to be a rock star like his favorite band Tool.
“Playing music is one of the most uplifting things,” Overton said.
He isn’t sure of his exact plans after graduation, but he does know that music will definitely play a big role in his life and hopes to one day have his own band.
Overton will be graduating from Freedom Alternative High School on May 26.
Even with his heart set on a music career and is unsure of which path he wants to take to get there, he is positive that he wants to go to college despite the lack of education of most rock stars.
“I want to go to college and learn,” Overton said. “I want to get an education.”
He has a couple of different options waiting for him, but he hasn’t decided which path to take yet.
One of his options is to join the military after graduation to help him pay for college.
Or he could go straight to college and enroll at Modesto Junior College or California State University, Stanislaus. Or he could move to Arizona with some of his family for “new hopes.”
He is also thinking about learning how to make wine like his idol Maynard James Keenan who is the lead singer of the band Tool.
The sky is the limit and like most teens, it is normal to not know what path to take when the world is at their finger tips. But whatever path he chooses to take, he will be jamming to his own music on the way there.
He has the multi-instrumentalist gene where he can play the bass, the guitar, drums, write his own music and sing. But playing the guitar is his favorite musical activity.
To keep practicing his musical talents, Overton has tried to follow in the footsteps of Keenan who is his idol and hero.
“He is a huge inspiration and I want to be like him,” he said.
Overton knows where he wants to end up in life, but the adventure to get there is still unknown.
One thing he does know is that he loves music and he is going “to go to college and play music and keep doing what I do and it will all play out,” he said.
“Music makes me feel good and it feels right,” Overton said.
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