Luc Esformes beamed while directing Long Beach High School's marching band as they performed during halftime of the school's homecoming game on Friday night.

Besides being a drum major, Esformes is also captain of the boys volleyball team and a seasoned saxophonist who was recently selected to perform in the New York State School Music Association's All-State Wind Ensemble in December.

Esformes credit his extracurricular activities for helping him come out of his shell, and gain confidence.

"Music and sports have really helped me overcome my shyness," the 17-year-old senior said.

"When you really focus on what you have to do like performing or playing in a game, everything else dissolves."

Julia Lang-Shapiro, the Long Beach school district’s director of media, visual and performing arts, spoke very highly of Enformes.

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"I think Luc is one of our shining stars," she said. "He is a leader, he provides a lot of support to his classmates and he just a fantastic student and human being."

Esformes is looking forward to the future. He hopes to attend John Hopkins University next year and plans to major in biomedical engineering and minor in music.

Regardless, he’s certain that his high school passions, music and sports, will always be a part of his life.

"They both make me very happy," he said with a smile.