JACK Keily picked up a set of drumsticks when he was five years old, and hasn't put them down since.
"My older brother plays the guitar and my mum's into music too, so I decided I'd play the drums," the 15-year-old said.
"Mum wanted her own little rock band."
With 10 years of playing the instrument under his belt, The Cathedral College student was recently recognised for his skills.
At Queensland's Catholic Schools' and Colleges' Music Festival last month, Jack was presented with an Excellence Award for his performance in the Jazz Ensemble.
"It was really exciting to win. I ran to the front of the stage when I heard my name," Jack said.
The percussionist joined more than 100 students from TCC to perform at the festival, which had them take out a string of awards.
The Choir, Girls' Vocal Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and Contemporary Band were just a few of the winning groups from the Rockhampton school.
Jack, who's in Year 11, has attended the festival annually since Year 8 and said that while it was about the music, it was about making new friends and meeting new musicians as well.
TCC instrumental director Michael Jones said it was great to see the students take away so many awards.
"It's great for the kids to be rewarded for their effort," Mr Jones said.
"It's a confirmation for them that they are learning and improving."
The Cathedral College took out several awards at the Queensland Catholic Schools' and Colleges' Music Festival
Gold: Choir, Girls' Vocal Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Contemporary Band
Silver: Concert Band, Guitar Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Men's Vocal Ensemble, String Orchestra and String Chamber Group
Bronze: Stage Band and Percussion Band