2017-06-08 / Community News

TA students awarded music scholarship

The Alumni Band announced that Katie Spagnolo, a graduating senior at Thornton Academy, is this year’s recipient of the Marcel ‘Mike’ Drapeau Alumni Band Scholarship, an award of $1,000. The award was announced at Thornton Academy’s Annual Jazz a la Mode Concert.

Spagnolo’s musical talents are both instrumental and vocal. She is an accomplished trombonist and singer, with a broad vocal range. She has successfully auditioned for Districts and All State. Her passion for music is expressed in many ways, in TA’s Jazz Band, as a member of the OOB Marching Band, as a chorus member, a performer in TA Player musicals. She also is active in local community theater musicals.

A distinction of Spagnolo’s is how early her passion to teach music manifested. In fifth grade, her music teacher gave her the opportunity to exercise musical leadership, enabling her to teach her fellow trombonists. She picked up the opportunity to help select music for the group and on occasion ran full band rehearsals. The rest is history, her drive and passion are taking her on an exciting career that will give others the lifetime gift of learning and appreciating music.

Spagnolo will pursue undergraduate studies in music education at University of Maine at Orono this fall.

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