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Send Saudy to Berklee College of Music- Fall 2014

Organized by: JANELLE FOSTER

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THE STORY:

Saudy Familia, 17, is a drummer and Latin percussionist from Washington Heights. Currently he is a high school senior at the Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School (WHEELS) and will attend the Berklee College of Music this fall. He intends to major in Music Education and Music Performance.

Saudy’s passion for music started when he was young and has continued to grow throughout high school. He wants to use that passion and become a teacher to educate others about music. He comes from a low-income family of immigrants who immigrated to New York on 2003 from the Dominican Republic. He does not have the same opportunities that other kids have and he takes that lifestyle to help others in need.

One of his music teachers, Graham Johnson, speaks highly of Saudy’s service to his community: “Saudy has served his school community by mentoring and coaching other band students, performing music at rest homes and other schools, translating Spanish and English for teachers and families, and organizing and maintaining school equipment and classrooms. These actions and his goal to pursue teaching as a career show a profound understanding of how he can help the communities in which he has developed continue to thrive. He wants to help others because he deeply appreciates the help others have given him.” Outside of the music world, Saudy is a first class scout and has served his community by cleaning parks and running clothing drives. Saudy has helped his school community by being a student docent, a translator and a mentor to younger students which deeply shows his love for teaching.

Saudy has been part of Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School’s Latin and jazz ensembles for seven years. He also works as a teaching assistant, helping other students succeed on their instruments with band instructors Graham Johnson and Gian Tornatore. He has received instruction from notable musicians such as Alex Brown, Eric Doob, Dustin Kaufman, Martin Urbach and Paulo Stagnaro to broaden his understanding in Gospel, Jazz and Latin Jazz.

Saudy has been selected to play percussion on full scholarships in multiple competitive music programs, including Camp MSM (two summers), Music Improv Camp with Dr. Bert Konowitz (six summers) and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra, a prestigious program led by Wynton Marsalis. As part of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra, Saudy performed a concert of Duke Ellington's sacred music at Carnegie Hall on March 24th with conductor David Berger, a 250-person youth choir, professional lead singers and legendary jazz musicians Vincent Gardner, Sean Jones, and Jimmy Heath.

Outside of the music world, Saudy is a first class scout and has served his community by cleaning parks and running clothing drives. Saudy has helped his school community by being a student docent, a translator and a mentor to younger students which deeply shows his love for teaching.

After graduating college, Saudy plans to return to his home town of New York City and become a music teacher. He plans to provide music education to children that would not otherwise have the access to music education in New York.

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