This just in: Bruno Mars and the Hooligans are big. Last year Mars hit the big six. Six number one singles on Billboard's chart and now he will be on the sports world's biggest stage. Super Bowl XLVIII coming up Sunday on FOX.
Right next to Bruno Mars are the guys that complete the sound; his band called the Hooligans.
On the Big Brass Trombone and helping with choreography - 24-year-old Overton High, New Olivet Baptist Memphian, Kameron T. Whalum.
Whether it's American Idol with Bruno Mars and the Hooligans or on the X-Factor; they take fans around the world musically. They are soulful, sultry Latin, crazy Doo Wop, cool rhythm and blues, moving like Elvis and The Temptations.
That's why Memphian Kameron Timothy Whalum got the call. The trombone player, whose dad is preacher and mom is a counselor, has music in his blood.
Overton High School music instructor Jeffery Huddleston is one of guys credited with Whalum's music success. Mr. "Hutt" says he always knew Kameron would be a star. "Some people don't have a nice trombone sound but he had a golden trombone sound from the start," said Hutt.
I asked if he was a sweet young man back then like he is now. "Long as he was playing he was sweet. But when he wasn't playing he kept up so much consternation in this room." Kameron recalls, "I was clowning ..I was clowning...he snuck up behind me and grabbed my ear and pulled it so hard my whole face was red. That's what I can remember. I talk about that all the time."
It's been ten years since "Killa" Kameron took this class photo or shot hoops as point guard on the basketball court. Now his mind is on football - Super Bowl halftime.
Kameron used to cheer his Wolverines to victory but the Super Bowl is a lot different; much colder and 100 million times more people in the crowd cheering.
FOX 13 is the official place to see the Super Bowl and as one of the unofficial choreographers for Bruno Mars you know he knows what the half time show will look like!
Kameron hints, "So if you like to dance around with us, if you like to sing along, it's going to be what people fell in love with watching us do...that's what it's going to be with a little more pizzazz with a little more excitement."
As exciting as Saturday Night Live next to Tom Hanks, performing on stage with Lenny Kravitz or partying with fellow Tennesseans like Miley Cyrus and dancing next to Bruno Mars; he's over the jitters.
"I love playing with Bruno, I love where I'm at now but he's made it. He knows we all got dreams so ... right now I'm good. But in the back of everybody's mind, everybody's got dreams. Me personally, I want Grammys … sell out my own FedExForum ... that's on down the line."
The Whalum baby boy won't have mom and dad at half time in person, but for a good reason.
"The Sunday of the Super Bowl, that's my mom's birthday so she'll be watching it somewhere here and they say if you go to the game it's not the same. It's really for TV," said Kameron. "It's a110 million people, lot of people ... watching … freezing cold but it's gong to be good. I'm going to make you proud."
After the Super Bowl, Kameron will be jamming back at home at Hard Rock Cafe on Beale Street on Friday, Feb. 7th., and then he is going back to Overton to perform with a jazz group.