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Zachary Swanson of Noblesville High School is an accomplished alto saxophonist, recently participating in the Jazz Band of America (JBOA).

“JBOA is a four-day camp in Indianapolis,” he explains, “Twenty or so players from across the country are chosen to participate in a big band, directed by a famous guest artist. It’s determined through a recorded audition and I got selected.”

Swanson said it was an honor to be selected for JBOA and to be able to meet other fellow musicians. Swanson said he began lessons during his freshman year.

When he is not playing the sax, Swanson is involved with Project “Lead the Way,” which promotes STEM classes in schools. His focus is on biomedical science.

Swanson finds inspiration from many classic jazz musicians. “Johnny Hodges, Charlie Parker, Sonny Stitt, Antonio Hart and Vincent Herring inspire me a lot, and they are what influence my playing the most,” Swanson said.

Swanson has advice for younger students. “JBOA is the real deal just like any other jazz camp/workshop that takes people from around the nation,” Swanson said. “It will be humbling, but in a good way, and there is never enough to your playing. Always practice and play to learn more and be better, because there is no limit.

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