“Aseem Mishra, from Hymers College in west Hull, won the senior age group title at the Young Engineer of Great Britain Competition.
The jeans allow wearers to tap out a tune on their thighs by hitting sensors woven into the fabric.
Aseem won a trophy and a prize of £1,000 for his invention.
He received the award at the Big Bang Science Fair, held earlier this month in London.
‘Lot of interest’
Aseem said that the invention was a fusion of his twin passions of drumming and electronics. The final product was designed as a practical solution to a problem he found as a musician.
He explained: “There’s always been a problem with drum kits being so heavy.
“I have a band and we gig. Every time we go to a place we have to take the drum kit in the car first and then come back with everybody else – so it’s a bit of a hassle.
“I think at the time I might have been tapping on my legs, and I thought, I know why don’t I see if I can put a drum kit in my trousers.”
He will now go on to represent the UK at a science and engineering fair in Los Angeles in May.
Adam Young, head of design technology at Hymers College, said: “I think he is going to go very far with this design.
“It’s very commercial and it’s got a lot of interest. I think he could take it further,” he said.
It is the second time the Year 13 student has won a prize at the event for one of his inventions.
Last year, Aseem won the intermediate title at the same competition with a set of drums that light up when hit.
Emily Bentley, a Year 12 pupil at the school, also won three prizes for designing a rucksack alarm system that plays a tune when a young child wanders too far from their parents.”