Celtics star enjoys jam session with Boston students

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November 14, 2013, 10:58 pm
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(NECN: Josh Brogadir) - The NBA season is a busy time for basketball stars, but Celtics' Brandon Bass took some time out of his schedule to hang out with kids for a little music appreciation.

Bass, a Celtics forward, is known for grabbing boards and dishing the rock, but he cramped his 6'8" frame into what seemed like a 6'9" music rehearsal room.

Thursday, he scored some points with some young musicians, teenagers from the Berklee City Music high school program.

And man, can these kids play!

The 28 year old was in awe of the keys, the sax, the drums, the guitar, the bass and the vocals.

"You know, they're impressed by me because I'm a basketball player. But I'm more impressed by seeing them able to play an instrument and even sing or even rap. I look up to all people who have some type of ability and passion for it," Bass said.

"It's not something anyone can do. You have to have heart for it just like you have to have heart for basketball like Brandon. And it's exciting to be able to do this and see Brandon play and have him watch me play. I play for Brandon Bass, it's crazy," said Elijah Fontimus.

He is among the kids from Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan taking advantage of private lessons, music theory and ensemble classes - a program free for them and their families thanks in part to the Celtics Shamrock Foundation.

"This program for me is like another home because I feel like everybody else here is just like me. So we all share something in common which is music. And we can all express ourselves by using the instrument that we have," said 15-year-old vocalist Tabitha Fontimus.

"The best musician on the Celtics? I would have to say myself. I don't know anybody else on the team that can rap," Bass said.

Though he didn’t lay down tracks for us or the kids, he had nothing to worry about with his own rap recording.

"We could have dropped a beat for him. If he needed one, we could have had him. But it just wasn't meant to be, maybe next time," said 17-year-old vocalist Ashley Jean-Baptiste.

Listening to music as a kid growing up in Louisiana, Bass would fit right in, well kind of, at a program he is helping out.

Bass says he wants to learn how to play an instrument next, maybe the piano.

Tags: celtics, Boston, Boston Celtics, Brandon Bass, Josh Brogaidr, Berklee City Music high school program
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