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    Ashburn teen to appear on NBC’s “The Voice”


    For years Ashburn resident Brandon Diaz has best expressed himself through music. The Briar Woods sophomore's Internet footprint is filled with song: a YouTube channel chronicling vocal performances that begins with “The Star-Spangled Banner” at age 11, Twitter pictures of him poised in front of a piano.

    Now, after auditioning for NBC's "The Voice," Diaz is making his mark on the television world.

    Though Diaz has auditioned for "The Voice," the episode featuring the 16-year-old has yet to air, leaving Diaz to reassure his 760 Twitter followers.

    "I promise it is not an April Fools joke," Diaz tweeted. "I will be on! You just have to keep watching!"

    Diaz has been performing for much of his life, both as a singer and an avid pianist. After only a year and a half at Briar Woods, Diaz has already made quite a splash in the schools' performing arts department.

    As a freshman, Diaz snagged the lead role in Briar Woods' production of "High School Musical," a feat rarely bestowed upon an underclassman.

    “We do auditions very fairly. We have a judging panel,” said Marilyn Gilligan, director of the Briar Woods drama program. “He earned his lead in "High School Musical" and he was outstanding in it.”

    Then, in November, Diaz once again was placed in the forefront of a dramatic production, securing the lead male role of Prince Erik in Briar Woods' version of "The Little Mermaid." He will once again take the lead in Briar Woods next musical, "Live It Up," which opens April 11. Diaz will showcase not only his singing, but dancing as well.

    “He is just an incredible talent. He's outstanding as a vocalist,” Gilligan said. “We're working with him from the acting point of view but he is the most eager student. He goes above and beyond what you ask of him.”

    Diaz will take to the stage as a musician, rather than a musical actor this summer, when he performers at the Loudoun Youth Inc.'s Youth Fest on June 15 at the Brambleton Town Center. Diaz is one of seven local youth performers selected to open for the headlining Mayday Parade.

    In the meantime, fans of Diaz will have to patiently wait to see which star's team on "The Voice" – if any – Diaz joins.

    "The Voice" airs at 8 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays on NBC.
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