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Miami High Schoolers Have the Blues

Trio of teens show their soul through music



    A trio of South Florida teens play blues in a band of adults. (Published Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010)

    Blues music is full of raw emotion and is often inspired by sadness. So, how can a 16-year-old boy from Palmetto Bay have the blues?

    "I'm too happy to have the blues," said Julian Harris. But that doesn't mean the high school junior can't feel the blues.

    Every week, Harris gets on stage at The Fish House and performs with a professional blues band. And he's not the only high-school kid who takes advantage of this rare opportunity.

    Two 14-year-olds play with the band as well. Ben Stocker on the saxophone and Fernando Ferrarone on the trumpet.

    For most people that age, having the blues means getting a "C" in Geometry, or worse, like getting unfriended on Facebook.

    "You don't have to have problems," says Stocker. "When you want to express yourself through music, blues is a great way to do it."

    Ben and Fernando might be short on experience and Julian might look more like Justin Beiber than B.B. King, but at The Fish House, their talent proves they belong with the big boys.