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Maya Sealander

“Mr. O was my band teacher, as well as my jazz combo and jazz band director for 4 years. He helped me grow not only as a trombonist, but through all the instruments I chose to take up during my time in high school.”

Former Student – George Stevens Academy – Class of 2016

Instrument: Trombone, Bass, Percussion

Describe how music has impacted your life.
Music has allowed me to connect to people that I wouldn’t have met otherwise. I began playing piano when I was in elementary school, and I’ve been playing anything I can get my hands on since then. When I chose to go to college, I made my decision to attend one with a dedicated School of Music – not so I could study music formally, but because I wanted the opportunity to be around people who had been impacted by music in the same way that I had been.

Describe your connection to Mr. O
Mr. O was my band teacher, as well as my jazz combo and jazz band director for 4 years. He helped me grow not only as a trombonist, but through all the instruments I chose to take up during my time in high school.

Describe Mr. O in three words.
Hilarious, Energetic, Impactful

What is your most memorable story involving Mr. O?
If I could only choose one, it would have to be the day Mr. O asked me if I wanted to play bass in a jazz combo. I had never played before, but I could read bass clef, and Mr. O had heard through the grapevine that I could play the guitar (poorly, I might add). Over the next few weeks, I spent my study hall period in the band room, learning bass in time for the quickly approaching jazz combo auditions. Bass has been one of my favorite instruments to play, and I’m so happy that Mr. O encouraged me to take that leap and try something new.

If you could ask Mr. O any question, what would it be?
What keeps you motivated after all these years?

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