Watch: Justin Vernon Perform with His 9-Piece High School Band Mount Vernon

Bon Iver circa 1998

Before erupting as Bon Iver in the late 2000’s, Justin Vernon helmed a nine-piece band in high school called Mount Vernon.

Vernon managed to captain his school’s football team while leading his reggae-folk-pop group, even releasing a debut LP in 1998 We Can Look Up.

This week, rare footage of the band’s showcase at his high school’s battle of the bands made it’s way online, confirming the what we already knew: Justin Vernon is a spewing well of creative talent.

He later went on to perform under different aliases such as JD Vernon and DeYarmond Edison before breaking through as Bon Iver in 2007.

Check out the footage in the player above.