Music has always been a part of who Columbia High School student Brendan Schaper is.
“It has been a lifelong deal for me,” he said. “I was in a car seat when I was 3 years old and I would be beating the drums on it. So (my parents) decided to get me drum lessons at about age 5.”
At 14, Schaper decided to turn his passion into a business and invested in disc jockey equipment. Now, as a junior, this 16-year-old has his own business he calls “B the DJ.”
His business slogan is “You ‘B’ the DJ” to emphasize Schaper’s constant interaction with the crowd.
Schaper uses Apple’s Remote application, which allows people in the crowd to request songs through their cell phones. He also records video of the events along with a camera he can set up at his DJ booth for people to make a video memory of the event, much like a photo booth.
Some recent events Schaper has worked include his sister’s wedding and the Columbia High School homecoming dance.
“Everyone was talking about it (the homecoming dance) on Twitter,” Schaper said. “The seniors said it was a great way to end their last homecoming.”
Schaper says being a DJ is more than just about the music.
“I really like the fact that I can do something for people that they enjoy and I can see smiles afterwards,” he said. “I enjoy making an experience for people.”
Creating that experience is something Schaper hopes to continue to do after high school. His current plans are to attend a college and earn a degree in arts and entertainment management, hoping someday to travel to concert venues and work on sound and lighting for bands and musicians.
Until then, Schaper will continue to work and make his business grow, while still fulfilling his duties as Kaskaskia District Student Council President, web director for the St. Louis Softball Hall of Fame website, member of the CHS golf team, and organizer of the school’s “Columbia’s Got Talent” competition — all while doing his homework.
To learn more about Schaper’s business or book him for your next event, visit his website, BtheDJ.webs.com.