FAME Jazz Band Member Spotlight
Musician: Donovan Speight
Current School: Holy Trinity Episcopal School, 8th Grade
Background: Donovan Speight has been a student trumpeter for just over 3 years. His experience in using the trumpet has been as a part of the Holy Trinity Episcopal School’s band program, since 2013 and with the FAME Jazz Band starting with the 2015-2016 season. In the 5th grade, Donovan was a part of the Cadet Band at Holy Trinity, where he excelled to the first chair and was selected to compete in the Prince George’s County Middle School solo fest. In the 6th grade at Holy Trinity, Donovan played in the Concert Band and the Symphonic band. In the 7th grade, he played in the Wind Ensemble and the Jazz band. In addition to playing for his Middle School music program, in 2015, Donovan participated in Prince George’s County Honor Band. During the Inaugural Year of the FAME Jazz band, was recognized as one of its Most Improved Players.
As an avid sports enthusiast, Donovan plays youth baseball and football. In his spare time, he also enjoys playing the guitar.
Personal Statement: Participation in the FAME Jazz Band helps me to learn how to properly play the trumpet, exposes me to jazz music and musicians, and encourages me to achieve a higher level of playing. My goal is to learn enough about music to qualify for high school and college bands; and to excel far enough, to qualify for scholarships towards my education.
In terms of a career, I plan to be an attorney or an engineer. While I may not play full-time, I plan to learn as much as I can about the trumpet and music in general, for personal enjoyment and, hopefully, to also participate in a band part-time.