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Thank you for celebrating FAME’s 13th Anniversary and the esteemed 2017 awardees who make significant contributions to improving the lives of our youth and communities.

FAME is a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt non-profit, serving the Greater Washington Region, with the mission to positively impact the lives of youth through access to quality music, education programs and experiences.

Board of Directors

CHAIRMAN Harry Staley Anna D. Foods, Inc. McDonalds

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MEMBER A. Toni Lewis Founder/CEO

MEMBER Karen S. Jackson

MEMBER Sam E. Hutchinson ES International

MEMBER John Ray Government Consultant

MEMBER Reginald Weaver Education Consultant

MEMBER Gregory K. Wells Shadoan, Michael & Wells, LLP

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AWARDEES Government Leadership Award (State)

to reduce domestic and family violence, hosting conferences for children and families and developing training programs for clergy and others who counsel couples and families in crisis.


After completing her public policy degree at Duke University, and earning her law degree from the University of Maryland, Ms. Alsobrooks served as the county’s first full-time Assistant State’s Attorney dedicated to prosecuting perpetrators of domestic violence. She tried scores of cases and successfully prosecuted violent offenders. She has extensive District Court and Circuit Court trial experience. Before she was a prosecutor, she clerked for two law firms DLA Piper and DeCaro, Doran; and for Judge William Quarles and Judge Donna Hill Staton.

Erek L. Barron, Esq.

rek L. Barron (Delegate) proudly proudly represents Prince George’s County in the Maryland General Assembly where he works with a focus on transparent and accountable government, economic development, healthcare and criminal justice issues. As a former state and federal prosecutor, he brings a valuable perspective to the legislature’s work. Mr. Barron works as an attorney in private practice and is recognized annually as a “super lawyer” in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Currently, he is a litigator and counselor at the law firm of Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP where he practices general litigation and counsels small businesses and nonprofits. Prior to his private law practice Mr. Barron had a distinguished career in government as a prosecutor in Prince George’s County. He was honored by the Maryland State’s Attorneys’ Association, the Maryland General Assembly, and the Governor for his exemplary service. Later, as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice, he prosecuted criminal conspiracies and gang cases. Mr. Barron served as policy advisor to then-Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. He was counsel to the Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs and was responsible for a wide portfolio of domestic and international law enforcement issues. Finally, Mr. Barron capped his government service as an appointee to President Obama’s Transition Team where he worked with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and advised the President’s administration on justice and civil rights issues. In his spare time, Mr. Barron serves the public through various national and local bar organizations and nonprofit boards. Currently, he is a board member and Immediate Past President of the J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association. Mr. Barron is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park, The George Washington University Law School and received a Master of Laws from the Georgetown University Law School. He lives in Mitchellville, Maryland with his wife, Taria Barron, and their daughter, Bryce.

Government Leadership Award (Local) Angela Alsobrooks, Esq.


ngela Alsobrooks was elected in 2010 to serve as Prince George’s County’s State’s Attorney. This is her first elected office and she is the first woman to be elected to the office in Prince George’s County. She is a life-long county resident. Ms. Alsobrooks leads a staff of 90 attorneys and 100 professional administrative staff. She plays a key role in public safety and strives to carry out her responsibilities as the county’s top prosecutor in a firm, fair and consistent manner. Under her leadership, prosecution rates have risen across the board and remained steady over the last 5 five years. Ms. Alsobrooks and her office have been a major factor in the record crime reduction the county has seen over the last four years. Ms. Alsobrooks has also taken the lead in the fight

Prior to her election, Ms. Alsobrooks served the county as an education liaison in the Office of the County Executive and then as executive director of the Prince George’s County Revenue Authority. That agency is responsible for facilitating economic development, financing capital improvement programs in the county and collecting revenues generated from public parking facilities. Ms. Alsobrooks resides in Upper Marlboro with her daughter. She is a member of the First Baptist Church of Glenarden and the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She is involved in the effort to raise breast cancer awareness in her community.

Corporate Leadership Award Dennis Brownlee


ennis Brownlee is the Senior Vice President of the Property Management division, NAI Michael which manages over Five (5) million square feet of commercial properties throughout the Greater Washington DC Market.

Mr. Brownlee has a diverse background and significant experience in the Property and Facilities Management fields. Mr. Brownlee joined NAI Michael in 1995 after serving as the Director of Central Services and Real Estate for Prince George’s County, Maryland. Currently responsible for the day-to-day management and operations of Property Management, Mr. Brownlee supervises a staff that includes Property Managers, Licensed Building Engineers; Lease Administration and Property Accounting. Prior to joining NAI Michael, Mr. Brownlee managed a staff of more than 200 engineers, property managers, maintenance staff and leasing agents responsible for the operation, acquisition and disposition of over 150 properties totaling Five (5) million square feet. Mr. Brownlee ia a graduate of Bowie State University (Public Administration) and Morgan State University (Business Administration).

Education Leadership Award Theresa Mitchell Dudley, President, Prince George’s County Educators’ Association


heresa Mitchell has been an advocate for the children in Prince Georges County. Her consistent activist voice has challenged the rapid residential growth without adequate public facilities for public safety,



AWARDEES transportation, and schools. As a parent of two children, Joyce and Alfred, Theresa was involved with their schools PTAs. Her love of children led to her calling to be a classroom educator. For the past 20 years, Theresa has taught elementary and middle school students for Prince Georges’ County Public Schools (PGCPS). She has always kept in her heart her childhood educators who inspired her as a student. She honors those educators purpose by tranferring that legacy and purpose to her students. Her service to public education expanded from community activist to union leader when she was elected to be the building representative at Rogers Heights Elementary School. She found purpose advocating for the educators and the children in PGCPS and her path included serving on the Board of Directors for the Prince Georges’s County Educators Association (PGCEA) and the Maryland State Education Association. After 15 years of service Dudley was elected PGCEA President in 2015. Instead of having two children to love, she now has over 130,000 students that deserve equitable quality public education. Her passion and purpose is the mission of 10,000 plus members she advocates for and empowers. In her first two years in office, TEAM PGCEA engaged PGCEA, PGCPS and elected officials to implement Restorative Practices in PGCPS help address systemic suspensions and to address the School to Prison Pipeline. Dudley believes access to equitable public education is the social justice issue. Theresa Mitchell Dudley is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and resides in the Kentland Community in Landover.

Community & Nonprofit Champion Award Manuel (Manny) Geraldo, Esq.


anuel R. Geraldo, Esq. is an accomplished legal professional and principal in the law firm of Robinson & Geraldo, which he organized in 1979. Currently, he is a Commissioner on the Prince George’s County Planning Board. His prior professional positions include Director and General Counsel for the District of Columbia Private Industry Council, litigation and legislative Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, membership on the Newark Commission on Human Rights, and Executive Director for the Congress of Portuguese Speaking People. He also previously served as a Commissioner and as Chair of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission and as Chair of the Maryland Board of Airport Zoning Appeals from 2010 until 2016.

Outstanding Community Partner Award Wells Fargo Bank


ells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, communitybased financial services company with $2.0 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,500 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet ( and mobile banking, and has offices in 42 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 273,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 25 on Fortune’s 2017 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo is a proud supporter of FAME and the FAME Jazz Band Program (

FAME Award of Honor Judith Hawkins,


udith Hawkins is a Prince George’s County native, and was a member of one of the first Honors Choruses. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Westminster Choir College and her Masters of Education in Administration and Supervision from Bowie State University. Ms. Hawkins has taught and written curriculum for the vocal and general music department for twenty years. She has presented at music workshops at the local and state levels. She also served as a cooperating teacher with Catholic University. Prior to becoming the Supervisor, Judith was the Assistant Principal at Valley View Elementary School. Ms. Hawkins is also an ordained minister with BOLD Deliverance Ministries Inc. of Temple Hills, Maryland. She has been the adult class church-school teacher and presently is the teacher for Yielding to the Word Biblical Studies.

Mr. Geraldo has received numerous awards and recognition as a longtime, committed community activist and volunteer and serves as a Director on the Board of the Prince George’s County Community Foundation, Treasurer of the Prince George’s County Bar Association where he Chairs the Public Service Grants Committee, and a Director for the Portuguese American Leadership Council. He currently serves as a Director on the Board of the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Seton Hall University, a juris doctorate from Rutgers School of Law, and a master’s degree in International and Comparative Law from Georgetown University. He and his wife Ingrid reside in Fort Washington, MD. They have three children.



AWARDEES Unsung Hero Award Nell Johnson


ellvenia ‘Nell’ Johnson has delivered outstanding service to Prince George’s Government and its residents for nearly 25 years, including five years as agency personnel and 20 years as County Council staff, spanning the tenures of now 4 Council Members. Today, Nell serves as the senior aide on the Prince George’s County Council, and holds the record for longest serving Legislative Aide, since its charter in 1970. She played pivotal roles in the development of some of the County’s greatest economic development and quality-of-life assets, such as the Largo Town Center Metro Station, the expansion of Walker Mill Regional Park and 6 Flags America, the Cameron Grove Senior Resort Community, the South Bowie Library, the evolving regulation of common ownership communities in Prince George’s County, and the forthcoming Regional Medical Center at Largo. She began her career as Merchandise Manager at John Sexton & Co in 1972, and served as Department Head of the multi-million dollar supplychain enterprise. Nell began her County public service in 1989, when she was a manager at the Commission for Persons with Disabilities. That year, she became a substitute teacher in Prince George’s County Public Schools. In 1994, Nell began serving then-Council Member Ronald Russell, representing District 6, as Administrative Aide. Through her diligent work, she now serves as Chief-of-Staff to Council Member Derrick Leon Davis. Nell remains fiercely committed to her community and maintains several philanthropic endeavors, from gathering clothing, food and school supplies for the poor to serving in church ministries at Contee AME Zion Church. Her primary ministry remains Christian Education, where she has directed children ministries and served as a Cub Scout den mother for close to a decade now. Nell has directed the church’s outreach vacation bible school, coordinated children and youth academic recognition observances and accompanied children and youth to various denomination conferences held throughout the United States. She serves as Director of Christian Education at Contee AME Zion Church where children, youth and adult ministries have flourished. Currently, she supervises, unifies and promotes the Christian Education ministry working closely with the directors, superintendents and ministry leaders to provide a comprehensive Christian education program to her fellow congregation members. Ms. Johnson is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Prince George’s (Class 27), and a recipient of the 2014 Candle of Service Award for the Outstanding Service to Underserved Community Members, presented by Mission of Love Charities, Inc.

Educator Award Precious D. Carter


recious Carter is a native of Richmond Virginia. She graduated from Richmond

City Public Schools with the class of 1990 as the Senior Class President. After graduation Ms. Carter’s love for music directed her to Virginia State University in Petersburg,

Virginia where she received her Bachelors in Vocal Music Education. Upon graduation Ms. Carter worked as a Kindergarten, 2nd, and 3rd grade teacher before returning to her first love, “music” here in Prince George’s County. In November of 1997, Ms. Carter made Thomas S. Stone in Mt. Rainier MD her school of choice. Ms. Carter served 18 wonderful years as the Vocal General Music Education teacher at Thomas Stone. During her tenure at Thomas Stone Ms. Carter served in several leadership roles. These opportunities led to her desire to complete her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction and gain her Administrative Certification from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD in 2009. Currently Ms. Carter serves as the Creative and Performing Arts Coordinator at Hyattsville Middle School and is working towards completing her Doctoral Degree in Organizational Leadership. In addition to singing, she enjoys acting and is preparing for her first stage play “Hands Made to Hold” which will be coming soon to a stage near you. Precious is a bubbly, outgoing, charismatic musician who loves seeing students develop their gifts through the arts. She spends her quality time loving her amazingly talented 11-year-old son Evan and resides in Laurel, MD.

Educator Award Brian Hollar


rian Hollar began his teaching career at Holy Trinity: An Episcopal School, in Prince George’s County, MD, in 2003. He is currently in his 15th year as the 7th and 8th grade instrumental music teacher. Mr. Hollar directs the Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, and Jazz Band. In addition to teaching these ensembles, he also teaches a full class schedule of smaller band sectionals during the school day. Mr. Hollar received his Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from West Chester University in 2002, with tuba being his primary instrument. He is a brother of the Rho Sigma chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, as well as a member of the Maryland Music Educators Association (MMEA) and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). Over the past 15 years under Mr. Hollar’s direction, Holy Trinity’s bands have gained a reputation as one of the premier middle school music programs in Prince George’s County. His ensembles have earned recognition and numerous awards through concert performances. His Wind Ensemble consistently receives superior ratings at the Dixie Classic Band Festival in Richmond, VA and in 2016 earned the high honor award for the entire festival. In 2012, the Wind Ensemble was nominated for the John Philip Sousa Sudler Silver Cup Award, which is meant to recognize and honor middle school bands that demonstrate a particularly high standard of excellence in concert activities. In 2017, his Jazz Band was selected to play at the NAIS Conference at the Baltimore Convention Center. Mr. Hollar’s students participate in many extracurricular music activities, and have gone on to study at some of the most prestigious music education and performance schools in the country, such as Eastman School of Music, Carnegie Mellon, and Peabody Conservatory of Music. Mr. Hollar also serves as a guest adjudicator and clinician for regional solo and ensemble festivals and honor bands. Brian Hollar and his wife, Erin, have been married since 2004 and have a six-year-old son, Daniel. 13TH ANNIVERSARY & AWARDs CELEBRATION


13th Anniversary & Awards Celebration


Tony Richards

Event Co-Chairs

Dr. Bonnie Thornton Dill Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities University of Maryland College Park

Dr. Chelsey Green Recording Artist, Violinist & Violist


Spur of the Moment Band



FAME Jazz Band & Nat Adderley, Jr.

P rogram VIP Reception

Music by Brandon Felder & Reginald Payne

General Reception Samuel Bolduc, Orchestra Director & Hyattsville Middle School CPA Students Divine Dance Institute, Capitol Heights, MD

HOST Tony Richards

GREETINGS BY EVENT CO-CHAIRS Dr. Bonnie Thornton Dill Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities University of Maryland College Park Dr. Chelsey Green Recording Artist, Violinist & Violist

WELCOME Harry Staley, FAME Board Chairman Wayne Ferguson, FAME Vice Board Chairman A. Toni Lewis, FAME Founder & CEO

PERFORMANCE FAME Jazz Band Nat Adderley Jr., Artistic Director Recognition of FAME Jazz Band Graduates

INTERMISSION AWARD PRESENTATIONS Music by FAME Instructors Roderick Johnson, Drums; Reginald Payne, Bass & Keyboard; Rudy Spruill, Bass; Brandon Felder, Keyboard

PERFORMANCE Spur of the Moment Band



2017 Darryl Bryant Jr. – Tenor Sax


arryl graduated from Suitland High School in Suitland, MD. He was a Center for the Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) and International Baccalaureate (IB) Course student. In the Fall he will attend North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. He was accepted to North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, Albright College, and Bowie State University. Darryl received the following awards and scholarships: Outstanding Band Sophomore – 2015, Senior Superlatives (Most Friendly, Most Talented and Most School Spirited), Band Program Scholarship, PTSA Scholarship ($1,000), North Carolina A&T State University Merit Scholarship ($1,000), and Albright College ($56,000) in scholarships. Darryl is an Inaugural FAME Jazz Band member and serves as an Ambassador for FAME at special events including his performance in the 2016 and 2017 Memorial Day Parades at Cameron Grove, and at various United Way events, i.e. United Parcel Service in VA. He was interviewed by Prince George’s County Council Chairman Derrick Leon Davis County wide television program on CTV, Focus on the Future to discuss the importance of music and academics for youth. Darryl is a computer engineering student. He plans to earn a Bachelor’s Degree and continue his education earning a Master’s Degree and PhD. His long-term career goals are to study software and hardware development intensely and earn an MBA so that he can start his own technology based company.

Michaela Joi Ferrell - Trombone


ichaela graduated from Suitland High School in Suitland, MD. In the Fall she will attend Fayetteville State University. She was accepted to Shaw University, Alabama State University, Coppin State University, Grambling State University, Morgan State University, and Mount Saint Mary’s University. Michaela became a FAME Jazz Band member last year and represents FAME at local United Way events. She volunteered and assisted with United Way events at the United Parcel Service, and the Cameron Grove Memorial Day Parade. She is a member of the Girl Scouts of America, and serves in the Greeter’s Ministry at Kettering Baptist Church. Michaela plans to major in Forensic Chemistry. 

Stephen Emmanuel Lowery Alto Saxophone


tephen is a graduate of From the Heart Christian School in Suitland, MD. In the Fall he will attend the University of Maryland, College Park. He was accepted to University of Maryland College Park, Towson University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Slippery Rock University, West Chester University, North Carolina Central University, Campbell University, Wingate University and George Mason University.



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Stephen received the following awards and scholarships: Presidential Award for Educational Achievement Gold Award (2013-2017), Honorable Mention and Behavioral and Social Sciences (2015), From the Heart Christian School (FTHCS) Science Fair, Second Place, Senior Division (2014), FTHCS Science Fair, Third Place, Senior Division (2015), Prince George’s County Science Fair (2014), State of Maryland Senatorial Scholarship $400 per year ($1,600), ScottEllis Scholarship, Campbell University ($76,000), Mason Declaration Award and Mason’s Green and Gold Scholarship Award, George Mason University ($14,000), Chancellors Cycle of Success & Rising Eagle Scholarship & University Honors Program, North Carolina Central University ($14,000), Slippery Rock Univ. Achievement Scholarship ($6,000), Provost’s Award, West Chester University ($17,500), Presidential Scholarship, and Wingate University ($86,000). Stephen is an Inaugural FAME Jazz Band member. He serves a Lead Ambassador and representative for FAME and has performed at several major events and activities which include: Spring Concert at Oxon Hill High School 2016, University of Maryland School of Music 2016 and 2017, Lake Arbor Jazz Festival 2016, Council Member Mel Franklin’s Family & Friends Day at Show Place Arena; and Senior Citizen Programs and activities with Council Chair Derrick Leon Davis, Council Member Obie Patterson, Todd Turner, and Andrea Harrison. He volunteered for the Prince George’s County Public School’s Family Institute Inaugural Conference Launch at Charles Flowers High School 2016, Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference in Washington DC, with Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, University of Maryland’s Office of Community Engagement Program at the Aviation Museum, Prince George’s County’s Employee Holiday Reception 2016, Memorial Day Parade at Cameron Grove, National Organization of Black County Officials (NOBCO) Conference in Portland, Oregon 2017, and the United Parcel Service/United Way Campaign event in Westchester, Pennsylvania 2017. Stephen plans to study Kinesiology and earn a Bachelor and Master of Science Degree in Physical Therapy. He aspires to become a Physical Therapist.

Brian Keith Wise, Jr. – Trumpet


rian recently graduated from Dematha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, MD. In the Fall he will attend Bowie State University. He was accepted to Bowie State University, Lincoln University, Marymount University,  University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and West Virginia State University.

Brian received the following awards and scholarships: DeMatha Band 2013-2017, Dematha Band Outstanding Achievement 2016-2017, and the Fr. Paul Donovan Drama Award, DeMatha Catholic High School, 2017. He received Music Scholarship offers from Bowie State University and Lincoln University ($4,250.00 per year). Brian became a FAME Jazz Band member in September 2016. He currently serves in the Greeter Ministry at Reid Temple AME Church where he is very active in church and school charity events. He also volunteered with the Prince George’s County Voter Election Board. Brian aspires to major in Communications and  Law  and become a Sportscaster and Sports and Entertainment Attorney.  He also wants to play in a band (i.e. concert, symphonic or jazz band).

2 0 1 7 M i d d l e Sc h o o l G r a d u a t e s Cydni Brown – Alto Saxophone


ydni graduated from the 8 grade at Benjamin D. Foulois Creative Performing Arts School in Suitland, MD. In the Fall she will attend Suitland High School, Center for the Visual and Performing Arts. She received the following awards and honors: President’s Education Award, Benjamin D. Foulois CPAA Band Outstanding Performance Award, Honorary Artist Award, and Certificate of Completion. Cydni also plays the clarinet. th

Cydni became a FAME Jazz Band member this year. Cydni volunteers her time with the Special Olympics Organization. Cydni aspires to become a professional artist.

Leonard Gresham, Jr. Alto Saxophone


eonard (aka L. J.) graduated from the 8th grade at Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School in Glenn Dale, MD. In the Fall he will attend Our Lady of Good Counsel High School located in Olney MD. He has received awards for High Honors-Honor Roll while attending Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School. Leonard became a FAME Jazz Band member last year. He participated in community service events at Holy Trinity School which included the Christmas Buddy Program and Feed the Hungry Program.  Leonard long range plans are to attend Virginia Tech majoring in Criminal Justice; and his career goal is to become a Secret Service Agent or the FBI Director.

Toccoa Y. Kyler Alto Saxophone


occoa recently graduated from the 8th grade at Benjamin D. Foulois Creative Performing Arts School in Suitland, MD. In the Fall she will attend Suitland High School, Center for the Visual and Performing Arts.

Toccoa became a FAME Jazz Band member in April 2017. She volunteers at her community child development center in her spare time. Toccoa aspires to become a Physical Therapist and Entrepreneur.

Donovan Speight - Trumpet


onovan graduated from the 8th grade at Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School in Glenn Dale, MD. He was accepted to Good Counsel High School, St. John’s High School, and DeMatha Catholic High School for School Year 2017/2018. In the Fall he will be attending Our Lady of Good Counsel High School located in Olney Md. He received a Band Scholarship to play for the school band.

Devin Bryan – Piano


evin graduated from the 8th grade at Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School in Glenn Dale, MD. In the Fall he will attend Dr. Henry Wise Jr., High School in Upper Marlboro, MD. He recently received the 2017 Dixie Classic Festival’s Superior Rating Wind Ensemble Award.

Devin became a FAME Jazz Band member in April 2017. He has volunteered his time helping Wood Stream Church prepare for mission trips and charity events. He has also assisted Holy Trinity Church providing school supplies and Christmas presents to under privileged kids. Devin also plays trumpet and alto saxophone; plans to expand his ability to play additional instruments such as the bass and violin. He aspires to write his own music and possibly sing.

Bryant A. Thomas ll Drums/Percussions


ryant graduated from the 8th grade at Benjamin D. Foulois Creative Performing Arts School in Suitland, MD. In the Fall he will attend Suitland High School, Center for the Visual and Performing Arts. He received the following awards and honors: Sheriff Cadet Mentoring Award, Outstanding Performance for Band, Honor Roll 3 quarters, and the Academic Improvement Award. Bryant is an Inaugural FAME Jazz Band member. He serves as a key Ambassador for FAME at events and activities. He has performed at various Prince George’s County events for County Executive Rushern Baker, and Council Members Derrick Leon Davis, Obie Patterson, Andrea Harrison, Mel Franklin and Todd Turner. He helps FAME promote its music and academic program at United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) events around the DMV area. Bryant plans to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Arts and Audio Engineering from Berklee College of Music. He aspires to be a Music Producer.

Jason Matthew Wise Trombone


ason graduated from the 8th grade at Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School in Glenn Dale, MD. He was accepted to and offered scholarships at DeMatha Catholic High School, Bishop McNamara, and St. Vincent Pallotti.  In the Fall, he will attend the Annapolis Area Christian School. Jason became a FAME Jazz Band member this year. He currently serves in the Greeter Ministry at Reid Temple AME Church and is very active in church and school charity events. Jason aspires to be an Engineer and play in a Jazz Band.

Donovan is an Inaugural FAME Jazz Band member. He serves as an Ambassador for FAME at its annual major fundraiser, Race for FAME, in Alexandria, VA. This summer he is mentoring 5th graders on Trumpet and performance skills. Donovan aspires to become an Attorney or Engineer.



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