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Hornets defensive lineman Devon White balances football season with playing the saxophone for the band.

SAN ANTONIO — For East Central's Devon White, he feels sound when stepping on the football field. 

"The cheering in the stands when you're on Friday nights...the clash of the helmets, the clash of the pads. It's something different about it," White said with a smile.

It is a place where he can let loose a bit. "The tough Devon comes out," he said.

Because when he is off the field, he lets loose in a totally different way. "I'm kinda like a lone wolf--band and football, splitting it up," the senior saxophone player said.

White is allowed to show the other side of his personality representing the Hornets in band.

"In here, it's more of a relaxed chill vibe because we're just playing music and having fun with it," he said.

Up until his senior season, his first with varsity football, White spent more time on the turf during halftime. He finds similarities in both worlds.

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Devon White preparing for a concert.

"With marching band, you have to stay together, and with football, you also have to stay together," he said. "The rhythm with football is, you get used to the steps. Then, with the rhythm in band, you pick up on it fast. Hearing from the drums, it's like 'OK, keep the beat up.'"

Football and band is a lot to juggle at the same time, but head coach Joe Hubbard knows his defensive lineman doesn't miss a beat.

"Just seeing a kid be able to do multiple things and...be balanced in his life, you know, is a really neat deal," Hubbard said. "He worked really hard with band and then he comes out here with football and works his tail off for us."

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White practicing at East Central High School.

White might split time between his two passions, but both parts of his personality travel with him wherever he goes.

"I love seeing the jock and the band geek mixed together," White said. "That's kinda what makes me, me."

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