Swainsboro band students selected for musical achievement

by | August 14, 2018 3:28 pm

   Four outstanding Swainsboro Middle School (SMS) band students and 11 Swainsboro High School (SHS) band students were awarded tuition scholarships worth more than $14,000 to attend the Fine Arts Summer Academy (FASA), sponsored by the Annie Moses Band in Nashville, Tennessee. Students were selected based on musical achievement through a rigorous audition process, and 15 of 21 wind players selected for this event were from Swainsboro.

   These students received private as well as group instruction from some of the most respected people in the industry. They studied the principles of jazz improvisation, theory, composition, big band styles, and techniques on primary instrument. They were featured in three different performances throughout the week. Bill Wolaver wrote a Nashville-style show for the entire group, which performed at the world-famous factory in Franklin, Tennessee, where Arham Shah and Ja’monte Bostic were both featured soloists in the jazz showcase. 

   Attending were: Gage Futrill, Stephanie Youngblood, Hollan Coleman, Savannah Reynolds, John White, Samuel White, Bostic, Shah, Josie Drake, Josie Peebles, Kimberly Rios, William Hutcheson, Paul Warren, Isiah Hall, and Andrew Lamb.    

   Mill Creek Foundation’s financial contributions assisted with student’ room and board.

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