U-E is proud to recognize our seniors who will continue their education in music. We will highlight each of them in the coming weeks. Our second musical spotlight is Mary Orji.
Mary is the embodiment of a jazz musician. She loves improvisation and instantaneously making melodies up. She was introduced to jazz in ninth grade and ever since then, has been hooked on the genre.
Mary has been in the U-E Marching band for five years and served for two years as saxophone captain. She is a member of the orchestra, concert and jazz bands. She has participated in BCMEA All-County both in jazz and concert, is a member of holiday strings and the Tri-M Music Honor Society. She also plays in a group called Teen Jazz Project, which is a group of the best young jazz musicians in Broome County and holds the title of first tenor.
Currently, Mary is the senior class president and does the morning announcements at the high school. She has played soccer, basketball and track. After deciding to be a serious musician in her last two years of high school, she has been devoted solely to music. She has been mentored by a number of great musicians in the area and has paid it forward by giving jazz lessons to younger jazz musicians in school.
In the summer, Mary will be attending Maryland Summer Jazz Camp on a full scholarship. She will be further mentored by world class musicians who will help mold her before she goes to college.
In the fall, Mary will continue her education at one of the top music schools in the country, Berklee College of Music on a scholarship. She will major in music business/ entrepreneurship and jazz composition.
Look for Mary on stage, April 24 with Teen Jazz Project at Schorr’s Firehouse in Johnson City. On May 29 she will perform tenor saxophone solo with the UEHS orchestra.