Justice Michael has had a passion for music throughout his life. He started by playing on pots and pans as a baby.
Justice has now been playing the drums for 14 years and has been playing the piano for two. Along with his brother and friends, he formed a funk/fusion band called Anonymous Da Band when Justice was only 9.
Anonymous Da Band has won attention locally. The band played an 80-minute show at the Atlanta Jazz Festival, an annual festival celebrating jazz musicians. Anonymous Da Band played the festival last summer, and released their premier album, “The Odyssey.”
They’ve also opened shows at the Mablehouse Amphitheatre for performers such as Chrisette Michele, Najee, Brian Simpson, and Pieces of a Dream, Justice said.
“The special thing about this band is the overwhelming humble spirit that surrounds them – hence the name Anonymous,” the Atlanta Jazz Festival said. “Each member is a master of his own instrument and they come together in perfection to share their awesome talents.”
Beyond the success of his band, Justice has also performed individually in iconic venues. He competed in 2010 at the Amateur Night at the historic Apollo Theater in New York, where he took first place in the child star division, according to his web page, and he has provided half-time entertainment at an Atlanta Hawks game.
In addition to his achievements outside of school, he continually contributes talent and service to the band program at North Springs Charter High School. He helps with the new music technology class and recording studio, lending his expertise and time to the music program.
This summer, Justice attended Berklee College of Music’s Five Week Performance program in Boston, where he was awarded a scholarship for next fall. Justice also sees himself composing and producing music for other artists in the future.
Along with his passion for drumming and music, Justice also enjoys gourmet cooking, ping pong, and deep sea fishing.
Justice plans to continue studying music next fall at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He plans to study drums and performance and pursue his dreams of touring as a professional musician.
This article was reported and rewritten by Olivia Koenig, a student at Riverwood International Charter School.