Jack Davies ’18 has been accepted to the prestigious Berklee College of Music.
Located in Boston, Massachusetts, Berklee is the preeminent institute of contemporary music and performing arts, offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
Having a student gain admission to Berklee is a proud moment for the SAC music program and St. Andrew’s College. According to Garry Page, SAC’s Director of Bands, his is the first time in recent memory that one of our home-grown musicians has been accepted into such an esteemed music program.
Jack started his musical career when he was eight years old playing electric guitar. He took up the electric bass three years later, and spent a lot of time on Guitar Hero. Besides this, Jack credits his talent to “listening to a lot of music, countless hours of practice, and most importantly, playing with others.” He says his greatest musical influence is the late jazz bassist, Jaco Pastorius.
Outside of school, Jack is supported in his efforts by his family. He and his musician friends spend their time playing jazz gigs and recording music.
At 14, he was playing music in bars in Aurora. He also played in a blues band, the Spencer Mackenzie Band, for two years until last summer. In the summer of his grade 10 year, Jack played a gig at the Beaches International Jazz Festival with musicians he’d met at the CISMF (Conference of Independent Schools Music Festival). He has also played gigs in Quebec and in Memphis, Tennessee.
At SAC, Jack has been the resident bassist in the Upper School Jazz Band for the past four years. He is also the Principal Bass player in the Wind Ensemble and has been an instrumental part of its award-winning sound.
Teachers in the SAC Music Department are overjoyed that one of their students will continue to pursue music at the academic and professional level. At the Focus Festival in May, Music Teacher John Richardson proudly shared the news of Jack’s acceptance with an audience of boys, parents, and guests. He said he is pleased to see one of his past music students from the Middle School Band and the Middle School Jazz Band develop into such an accomplished musician and earn admission to Berklee.
Sandi Chasson, Department Head of Music, says she is overjoyed by Jack’s acceptance into Berklee and sees him as an inspiration to others.
For the boys who have played alongside Jack over his years at SAC, we are very proud of our fellow musician. We are excited for him and look forward to following his career in the years to come.
Jack says he always wanted to be a professional musician and attending Berklee definitely puts him in the right learning environment and the right company to excel at something that he is passionate about.
Jack’s advice for students who would like to pursue music after high school: “Work at it, listen to everything, play anything requested of you, be driven. Life is short; go for it!”
Story by Matthew Deo ’20