One day, Allan Wright walked into his kitchen and informed his mom that he was a drummer. He had never played the drums before, but his mom, Karen Wright, took him to the Dance Center & School of Performing Arts to try it out. After two lessons, the school told her Allan was a natural drummer, and they even invited him to join their performing band. Allan, now 16, hasn’t stopped drumming since that day.
Allan recently joined School of Rock of Baton Rouge and is a member of their performance band, which had its first show at Baton Rouge Parents Magazine’s The Cover Kid Event. Drums aren’t the only instrument Allan can play. Allan also plays acoustic piano, electric keyboard, synthesizer, and is taking up the trumpet.
Making music isn’t Allan’s only passion, though. He is also a competitive ballroom dancer and has participated in competitions including Gumbo Ballroom and Saturday Night Ballroom in Baton Rouge and Dance Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
“Allan has been able to join the dance community and the music community and get the most out of both of them,” Karen says. “I don’t think any other city could have offered Allan what Baton Rouge has.”
Allan is also a stellar student in science and math and was a chess champion in an East Baton Rouge Parish Library tournament. He hopes to receive a scholarship to study engineering and one day go to law school.
Allan has certainly found his rhythm, which is why he is, and will continue to be, one amazing kid.
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