FAME Jazz Band Program Student Spotlight
Background: Julian Wilson is an up-and-coming keyboardist and producer. He currently attends Oxon Hill High School, where he maintains a 3.85 cumulative GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society. He is a member of the FAME Jazz Band Program, FAME Jazz Ensemble, and the Oxon Hill High School Choir. He has performed with artists such as Tiffany Lloyd, Rev. Dr. Emory Andrews, and Kim Jordan his musical mentor. Julian also serves as the worship leader at his home church, Crossover Church, directing and guiding the Young Adult Worship team known as “Divine Praise”. This Fall, Julian will pursue a degree in Music Production and Technology at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Julian also received offers from Belmont University, Full Sail University, Hofstra University, Middle Tennessee State University and The University of Hartford.
Key accomplishments: Julian has performed at the White House twice in their “Holidays at the White House” concert series, the Ithaca College Gospel Music Invitational, under the direction of Pastor Chantel Wright, Dr. Baruch Whitehead, and Dr. Janet Galvan. He has also produced several singles in the last year, including “Shouldn’t Be” by artist Channing Alexis. Academically, Julian has earned several awards, including the District 27 Citizenship Award, the Walt Disney World Choral Festival Outstanding Student Accompanist award, and was inducted into the National Honor Society.
Hobbies: Singing, Working on Computers, Barbering, Napping
Why FAME? Music has always been my strongest suit, and I’ve been fortunate to receive a number of opportunities that helped cultivate and expose my talents. Performing with FAME allowed me to showcase my skills, as well as expose me to aspects of business, professionalism and overall preparedness that I hadn’t experienced in any other organization. Being able to connect with musicians on a peer level who were much more advanced than me provided that push I needed to really take my musicianship to the next level. Without FAME, I wouldn’t be nearly as advanced in my skills as a soloist, band member, and Music Director. Without FAME, I wouldn’t have been afforded the opportunity to perform at the Berklee College of Music’s High School Jazz Festival, an event which would ultimately connect and expose me to new opportunities and musicians that helped lead to my decision to attend my top school, Berklee. Additional support included college and career advising, and exposure to major performance venues and organizations. FAME has a knack for extracting the hidden talent in people, and I’m grateful that they would think highly enough of me to adopt me as a part of their family.