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Margaret Nevin

“When I was a freshman in high school, Mr. O was gone quite a bit due to his father being sick. That whole winter… he just wasn’t himself. When we played at Districts, we were playing our final song of the set, “Bill Bailey” and that was the first time in weeks that I had seen him become himself again. He was so into the song, and super proud of how hard we had worked.”

Current Student – George Stevens Academy – Class of 2021

Instrument: Alto Saxophone

Describe how music has impacted your life.
Music has been something I’ve loved my whole life. I was 10 when I first started playing Sax. Both of my sisters played music, they both played Tenor Sax and I decided to play Alto.

Describe your connection to Mr. O
I have known Mr. O since I was 7, which was when my older sister joined the Jazz Band. When I was in the 6th grade I decided to play at the Middle School District Honors Festival, and the only reason I decided to was because Mr. O was the director. He has taught both of my sisters at GSA and both of them were in Jazz Band.

Describe Mr. O in three words.
Supportive, energetic, talented

What is your most memorable story involving Mr. O?
When I was a freshman in high school, Mr. O was gone quite a bit due to his father being sick. That whole winter during Jazz Band practices he was always more angry than usual, his mind was elsewhere and he just wasn’t himself. When we played at Districts, we were playing our final song of the set, “Bill Bailey” and that was the first time in weeks that I had seen him become himself again. He was so into the song, and super proud of how hard we had worked.

If you could ask Mr. O any question, what would it be?
Did you have a favorite music teacher?

Favorite Mr. O quote or phrase?
“Eat your heart out Mick Jagger”

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