About JazzErie

Meet Samantha Borland
This years JazzErie Scholarship recipient

Samantha BorlandIt's always a treat to get to interact with and interview young passionate musicians from Erie and I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Samantha Borland, this years JazzErie Scholarship recipient! Samantha is a very accomplished clarinet and saxophone player who just graduated from Ft. Leboeuf High School and will be continuing her education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. I had a set of questions for Samantha in an effort to get to know a little more about her, her start in music and jazz, and where she is taking it from here.

Q. What is your instrument/s? If you play a few different instruments what do you consider your primary instrument?

A. Saxophone and bass clarinet are the instruments that I play but saxophone is my primary.

Q. What college are you attending in the fall and what will your major be?

A. I will be attending Indiana University of Pennsylvania in the fall for music education.

Q. When/how did you get started in music? Who were your teachers/influences?

A. I got started with music in sixth grade and immediately I fell in love. I got started in the classes that my middle school offered and my instructors Mr. Tatar, Mr. Gilson, and Mr.Hetrick were my influences because Mr Tatar started my learning, Mr Gilson helped me stay focused through high school, and Mr Hetrick helped me to develop my skills to the best of my ability.

Q. What drew you to jazz? Was it jazz band in school or a recording you heard?

A. I was drawn to jazz because I learned about our high school jazz band and I started to do research about jazz on the Internet and I liked the things I heard.

Q. Have you been a part of any PMEA band festivals? If so which ones and on what instrument.

A. I did many PMEA festivals over the years. I did Jr district band for two years on tenor sax, district band for three years on bass clarinet, region band for three years on bass clarinet, State band for one year on bass clarinet, and district jazz for three years on tenor sax.

Q. What do you see yourself doing with music after college?

A. After college I see myself teaching the younger generations about music and the great things it does for us and hopefully playing in some local programs on the side.

Q. What is your proudest/most memorable musical moment to date? (i.e. a certain festival, finally getting a difficult part learned, hearing a certain recording for the first time)

A. My proudest moment to date would have to be when I was waiting for chair announcements at region band and found out that I had made it into the all state festival.

Q. Do you have any other interests or hobbies?

A. When I'm not doing music I like to hang out with family and friends.

I would like to thank Samantha for taking the time to answer these questions and giving us the opportunity to get to know her a little better! I know I speak for everyone when I say we wish her all the best at Indiana University of Pennsylvania as she works towards her goals in music. It's a great feeling knowing we have great passionate people working towards careers in music education.

June 30, 2015