Justin Heideman aka Vanilla Funk is 17 years old and from Montgomery, Alabama. He is a drum major from Jefferson Davis High School and joined the band as a trumpet player before becoming one of the band’s four majors.
He is also known as “Vanilla Funk” and rose to fame for his unique moves have gained him millions of views online. On Wednesday, Jefferson Davis High School’s Justin Heideman was profiled by the local ABC affiliate for his impressive dance moves with the school’s band. Called “Vanilla Funk.”
The clip of Justin dancing initially went viral in October after an account called Pubby Longway posted it to Instagram with humorous overdub. When asked about the virality of his video, Justin shared with local news that he had 800 followers that morning and by the time he got off of work, he had 10,000.
According to TeenVogue, Justin also used his moment to make an important point about the overwhelming attention he’s received. “Without this band, I wouldn’t be a viral sensation … Like, finally, people catch the hard work we do.” Adding, “I just see it as I’m somebody that just happens to be a different race doing what other people have done.” Yet the news report closes the segment by saying, “The viral video sensation proving, it’s not how you look but what you can do that truly sets you apart.”
In February 2019, he and his band were invited to perform at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City. His Instagram Bio reads “Justin “Vanilla Funk” Heideman
Trumpet Screaming 🎺 Future Dreaming 😴 Wheeling Dealing Son of a Gun…
JD Marching Vols Trumpet/Head Drum Major
Currently, he has 106k plus followers on Instagram. In an Interview with Rogers Brothers, Justin told that counts rapper Nelly is his followers.
How old is Justin Heideman? He was born in 2002 and from Montgomery, Alabama and he is 17 years old as of 2019. However, there is not much information about his father, mother, and siblings.