This past football season, brothers Israel, Isaiah and Adarian Harris spent much of the season on the field, doing what they love best.
Adarian, a Denton High School senior wide receiver, demonstrated his love for the game by playing on the field. Twin brothers Israel and Isaiah, both freshmen, showed off their musical abilities by performing with the marching band.
“It felt pretty good [watching my brother play every game],” Israel said. “When I was in eighth grade, we always went to his games, but we didn’t get to go to all of them because some were away. Now, I get to go to all of them, and I have fun cheering and playing tunes in the stands. It’s really fun.”
In addition to participating in band at school, Israel and Isaiah also have their own band.
“It’s a gospel and Christian band,” Isaiah said. “We’ve had four concerts already. We once won a trophy in seventh grade for the talent show at Navo [Middle School].”
“We play a lot of different types of music, too, but we mostly play gospel,” Israel said.
Although Israel plays the alto and baritone sax and Isaiah plays the sousaphone in the school band, in their own band, they switch it up, with Israel playing the keyboards and Isaiah the drums.
The twins agree that while school band is fun, they prefer to play music with just each other.
“I like playing with my brother more, but it’s fun in band,” Isaiah said. “When we have concerts, we play in front of larger crowds, but there’s more people that you’re playing with [in band].”
Israel agrees, saying that it is easier for them to give each other input when they are playing together.
“I like playing individually, because when I’m with him, we both give each other constructive criticism,” he said. “We both take [the criticism] and use it and it’ll make our songs better. I’ll tell him he’ll need to add more of this and he’ll be like, ‘If you do that, the song will sound better.’ In school, it’s more of like you’re getting criticized by your teacher, and we don’t have the power to tell [the teacher] what he needs to work on. When I’m with my brother, we can give each other feedback.”
Just like Israel and Isaiah enjoy watching their brother play sports, Adarian enjoys listening to his younger brothers perform.
“I like it,” he said. “When we’re at home, they’re always playing and practicing and stuff, and I enjoy it. They’re actually very good.”
In addition to playing football, Adarian plays on the basketball team, where his strengths are scoring and rebounding as well as generally leading his team.
“[Basketball] is pretty fun,” Adarian said. “We’re off to a good start in district and we’re trying to make playoffs like we did last year. I really want to show [my teammates] what playoffs are like, and leave knowing that I left it all on the court and just have a really good season.”
Adarian said that he would like to play football and basketball for the University of North Texas and hopes to someday become a coach.
“I plan to play sports in college, but really, it’s more about my education,” he said.
Adarian, who has been a first-team, all-district football player two years in a row and offensive MVP for basketball, will miss the achievements he has experienced in high school. Most of all, however, he will miss the memories he has made with friends.
“[I will miss] just hanging out with friends in the hallways, really,” Adarian said. “After high school’s done, we’re all probably going our separate ways, and that’ll be one thing I miss.”
Their mother, April Harris, is proud of her sons.
“I am normally the loudest mom in the stands,” Harris said. “I always try to be their biggest supporter. It hurts when I can’t show them support.”
Harris said she has brought them up to be humble and persevering.
“All three of the young men have accomplished many great things in their lives,” she said. “My proudest moment has been seeing the boys grow into balanced individual young Christian men.”
No matter what the future holds for the Harris brothers, they are the first to agree that they support one another and generally get along with each other.
Adarian, however, admits to sometimes exercising his rights as the older sibling.
“Sometimes I play around with them,” he said. “That’s what I’m supposed to do as a big brother.”
Emily Fu is a senior at Denton High School and a participant in the Denton Record-Chronicle’s “Speak Out Loud” program for student journalists.