I’m DeMarkus Simmons! I am a 16 year old musician from Chicago, IL. I’m funny, I’m kind, and most of all I LOVE MUSIC!!! I was told by my parents that before I learned to walk, I learned to love to play music. I grew up in a house of 10; 8 kids and 2 parents (The typical american household). Growing up with my father, a guitarist, and my sisters, some whom are good singers though all claim to be ;-), I found all the reasons to love music. My parents would always blast songs by artists like Genuine, Mariah Carey, Boys 2 Men, and don’t even get me started on Maxwell, throughout our home. I believe that due to my family’s fanatical love of music I instinctively inherited the enthusiasm. At the age of 4, I began playing the Piano by ear, never having any classical training. I also taught myself to play the Guitar, but really focused my efforts on the piano. At the age of 11, my parents and I moved to California where I began performing for all of our Youth Programs at Church as the featured Pianist. Their encouragement, love, and faith in me were all major ingredients in fueling my life long passion . Shortly after beginning middle school in California, I quickly learned to play the Saxophone in concert band. Instantly falling in love with the beauty of the instrument i became very passionate about it also. Over the years of excelling, I became a Saxophone Solo Artist in the Burbank High School; award-winning Jazz Band, performing in numerous concerts and programs. Though I've been mostly known for my saxophone performances, I still consider myself a pianist.
Now I am ready to take the next step in my musical career and this is where I need your help!
I have the opportunity to attend the Berklee College of Music Summer Program (the college of my dreams) located in Boston, MA. This is the largest and most comprehensive pre-college music program available anywhere! In this 5-week, extensive program, not only will I get a chance to make music with other students from all over the world who share the same passion, but I’ll have the opportunity to enhance my abilities as a Pianist. I'll be able to expand my musical horizons by being taught by world-class musicians in a renowned faculty, earn college credits, and meet visiting artists who have gone from attending this 5-week Summer Program, to the top of the Billboard charts.
I am so inspired and hopeful! I truly believe that after attending this prestigious program, I will be transformed and equipped to drive my MUSIC forward. In order to attend, I am required to pay a tuition, living expenses, and transportation that total almost $10,000. My parents, who both work very hard, cannot afford to send me at this great expense. This is why your donation of any amount on “Gofundme,” would be an incredible blessing to my family and a DREAM COME TRUE for ME! I'm praying for the success of this campaign and hope that you do too.
P.S. - Please watch the video to hear me play and talk more about my passion for music. If you cannot make a donation please spread the word and donate your prayers!
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