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Memphis' Own Kameron Whalum Returns from Grammy Performance

Kameron Whalum was born into a well known music family. He has performed at the Grammys twice, and he's only 23 years old.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - "All of my family does music so that's all I pretty much wanted to do all my life," said musician Kameron Whalum.

Memphis' own Kameron Whalum comes from a well known musically talented family. His brother, Kenneth Whalum III, plays saxophone for R&B singer Maxwell. Another brother, Kourtland Whalum, is a singer. Kameron plays the trombone for pop artist Bruno Mars.

The 23-year-old recently played at the Grammys.

"I got to perform with Sting, Rihanna, and the Marleys, so it was like a different type vibe almost. The crowd was with us. It was crazy," he said.

Kameron is a former student of Overton High. His band director, Chris Piecuch, is very pleased. "I am immensely proud of him. The fact that he's not only gone on and done well but the fact that he is doing it in music. I mean he's hit the big time," said Piecuch.

Kameron gives credit to Overton High. "Everything. From how to practice, how to approach things, how to pay attention to certain details in music, and how to read music. All that has helped me to get where I am now."

"There are a lot of Kameron's walking the halls here," said Piecuch.

Whalum said he loves playing his horn at the New Olivet Baptist Church, where his dad, Kenneth T. Whalum, Jr., is the pastor.

As for his biggest accomplishment, "The Grammys two years in a row. Because when I was in 12th grade I was on a billboard. It was a Memphis City School billboard. 'Everyday Every Child College Bound,' and mine was Grammy bound with my trombone and that's 2007. So 2012 I'm at the Grammys and 2013 I'm at the Grammy's again. It was supposed to happen."
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