FAME Jazz Band Member Spotlight

Musician: William Porter

William Porter, Jr.

Instrument: Alto & Tenor saxophones

Current School: Suitland High School, (CVPA) 10th Grade

Background: William Porter started playing the saxophone in the fourth grade at Rosaryville Elementary School. HeI continued to play throughout middle school at Gwynn Park and Benjamin D. Foulois Creative and Performing Arts middle school. He participated in both school’s jazz bands and performed multiple solos throughout those years. He also sang in 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 participates in Suitland’s Advanced band and Jazz bands. He has been accepted into the Prince Georges County Honor’s Band program two times; and advanced to the Solo and Ensemble Competitions for saxophone duets. In spite of challenges, he has persevered because he has a strong desire to play the saxophone at a high level.

William gives credit for his music success to his dedicated and supportive parents, William and Linda. He is also thankful for the training and support received in school. He says that his elementary teacher Ms. Simmerer taught him techniques and strategies that he still applies to his playing today; and his seventh grade teacher Mr. Waller is a no nonsense teacher who encouraged him to strive to be the best.

In addition to his outstanding musical achievements, William excels academically!

Personal Statement: I was trained from a very young age to play the saxophone. I have always had a strong desire to play the saxophone and I try my best at any competition or audition. I have yet to reach my limit and want to learn more about the saxophone. I believe the FAME Jazz Band is a good opportunity for me to grow in my saxophone playing, learn new things, and face new challenges.