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Addison Quinn Maye-Saxon has been ACCEPTED to The Juilliard School to study classical trombone, the most prestigious music school in the world with the most prestigious trombonist in the world, Joe Alessi! Support his education. Join his scholarship team!

Getting accepted is not the only hurdle. 

For some of the music students, it may be nothing, but for others, the opportunity is impossible without taking on enormous debt. But with your support, you can help make music Addison's focus. Support this accomplished musician through his career at Juilliard. Every dollar you give is a dollar he won't have in student loans. Become part of his scholarship team! 

Here's what Addison has to say:

In my first year of middle school I experienced something that was a path-setter, a simple piece of music. In beginning band, we had finally received our first piece of music called “Krazy Klock.”, not your standard etude. While most of the students in the class were enthralled by the unexpected wood block solo, I was captivated by the genius of the whole piece. Though simplistic, the concept of the musicality in general hit me all at once, and I was blown back at the immediate realization of how incredible and endless the possibilities were in creating music.

Since then, I have dreamed of becoming a professional trombone musician.

My involvement with music started when my father gave me a guitar for my 10th birthday and showed me a couple chords and how to sing in key.

I enjoyed playing a lot. My aunt and uncle got me a Fender, kid's electric guitar. My uncle "motivated" me when he said that in college, I could either be playing gigs on weekends for spare cash, or asking the question "Do you want fries with that?" 

My first public performance was my 5th grade talent show. I was the closing solo act playing "Time of Your Life" by Green Day.

It was great! So I kept going. I got another guitar and started learning to play by ear. In 6th grade, I was again the closing act playing Good Charlotte's "Anthem".

For the summer, I went to Rockstar Camp, where we formed our own band "Iron Serenity", wrote a song, and recorded a CD, and had a rock concert!

I went to Rockstar camp again and we played Crazy Train. I really wanted to play the drums, so I did. It came in really handy for when later in my high school percussion ensemble and then again when I was the drummer for our Jazz concert.

At Valley View Middle School, after learning many instruments, Mr. Mitch Schuster handed me the trombone, and it resonated with me, as did the amazingness of getting to play with a whole band. And so my road to Juilliard began.

I was honored me both years in Middle School both years with the Directors Award.

John, my guitar and piano tutor gave me a solid foundation for all my musical understanding and performing. With his students we formed bands and performed some awesome rock concerts in Simi.

I took advantage of the band room in middle school by borrowing instruments, playing drums, and filling my schedule full of music classes.

I've done festivals and solo concerts.

My sister got married in 2010. I played at the church while the guests arrived and was proud to play her entrance and processional as she walked down the aisle. And then I played her and her new husband a song I wrote called "Wedding Day". And she cried.

In the Simi Valley High School Jazz Band I did a gig as drummer:

Over the years, I've been in percussion ensembles, choirs, bands, orchestras, and the Simi Valley High School Pioneer Marching Band. My senior year I was assistant drum major.

In the Simi Valley High School choir I've done many performances, and solos, including winning best instrumental accompanist (trombone) at a festival. I performed a piano and vocal solo of "A Drop in the Ocean". 

In my last year at the Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra with the energetic Bill Benson, I performed in the Brass Quintet. and was principle trombone.

I have met amazing musicians who are now friends up and down the state of California while performing first in festivals, and youth orchestras, and then honor groups including All Southern California and All California State Orchestras.

Here's the 2013 Southern California State Bands and Orchestras Association's (SCSBOA) All Southern California Orchestra playing a Leonard Berstein's West Side Story arrangement. I was principal trombone. It was awesome to perform it.

Some of those people have been wonderful mentors and have helped me pursue my dream:

  • Mr. Mitch Schuster, Music Director Valley View Middle School
  • Mr. Michael Dody, Former ... Guest Conductor of the Ventura County Honor Band
  • Ms. Debbie Boltinghouse, trombone tutor, ...
  • Mr. Bill Benson, Conductor, Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra,
  • Mr. Michael Goode, trombone coach, trumpeter, formerly of the Chicago Symphony
  • Ms. Amy Bowers, Trombonist, USC Thornton School of Music
  • Mr. John B, guitar and music tutor, performer, studio guitarist.

By the way, I have also been accepted to USC Thornton School of Music, and Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.

I am really looking forward to becoming part of the brilliant tradition of Juilliard graduates, making an impact on the world through my music. But I can only do this with the support of others.

Getting a new guitar, or going to camp for a couple of weeks over the summers were affordable things. Those tools and experiences were just enough to get me to this point in my career.

But private music school in New York is just not something that can be done with a little extra work by my parents. It just doesn't happen that way.

Everybody says without a doubt this is an opportunity that a person does not pass up.

I am so eager to learn from and grow under the teaching of Joe Alessi of the New York Philharmonic. 

Trying to come up with the $55,000 might as well be a million to me. But, for some of you, perhaps some who love the orchestra and the arts, it might not be so insane.

For such an amazing opportunity, I reach out to you who have read all the way to the bottom of my letter to ask you if you will make an investment in me?

You can be a part of my journey. 

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