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Dix Hills guitar prodigy Brandon Niederauer rocks 'Ellen DeGeneres Show'
At only 10 years old, Brandon Niederauer already has played his electric guitar at Citi Field before a Mets game, at the House of Blues in New Orleans, and with members of the Allman Brothers Band at a music camp in the Catskills. And Wednesday, the Dix Hills boy rocked "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."
The fifth-grader at Paumanok Elementary School in Dix Hills was a guest on the show with actors Ben Stiller and Steve Coogan, and the UK band Bastille.
He played a few riffs from Lenny Kravitz's "Are You Gonna Go My Way" and The Allman Brothers' "Jessica," and then, performed an original song.
"Oh my God. That was amazing!" exclaimed DeGeneres afterward. "When I was 10 years old, I used to take Scotch tape and see how much I could stretch my face."
She then surprised Brandon with a teal Gibson Les Paul guitar and a new Vox amp bearing his name and DeGeneres' face.
"I was so happy my jaw just dropped," said Brandon on Wednesday while waiting to board a plane home at Los Angeles International Airport. "It was amazing."
Brandon was billed as a "guitar prodigy" and he says it's not the first time he's heard people use this term to describe his talent.
"It means you're really good at something and you're really little," said Brandon, who grew up listening to the music of Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn and other artists his father, Gary Niederauer, 54, likes.