Congratulations FAME Jazz Band Program High School Graduates!

William Porter Jr., Tenor Sax

William started playing the alto saxophone in the fourth grade and continued to play throughout the middle school where he participated in both school’s jazz bands and performed multiple solos and sang in the Gwynn Park Middle School’s After School Chorus. William auditioned to attend Benjamin Foulois Creative and Performing Arts and Suitland High School Performing Arts Schools. He participated in Suitland’s Advanced band and Jazz bands. He was accepted into the Prince George’s County Honor’s Band program several times and advanced to the Solo and Ensemble Competitions for saxophone duets. William has a strong desire to play the saxophone at a high level.

William is an inaugural member of FAME Jazz Band Program. Although he auditioned with FAME as an alto sax player, he started playing the tenor saxophone for FAME in the tenth grade to fill a void in the band.  Each year William’s playing has grown by leaps and bounds. Today he is a professional musician – commanding his instrument!   William says that “it was the participation in FAME’s many music programs that ignited my passion for jazz and helped me to pursue jazz instead of classical music”.  William has recently graduated from Suitland high school. During his time there he participated in multiple programs such as AP courses, IB courses, and the CVPA band program. He was accepted into Berklee College of Music and will be attending The New School in New York, NY.  William plans to receive a bachelor’s in jazz studies; then he plans to focus on writing, arranging, and performing music with his talented sister.