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Avery Banks-Jacobs

Music Teacher

During his time in undergrad, Avery was involved in various musical ensembles such as marching band, jazz band, pep band and percussion. Out of these ensembles, his time and experiences as a member of the Virginia State University Trojan Explosion Marching Band was deeply treasured and impactful. During the four years in the band program, he performed on the drumline for two years playing sextuplet drums. He then auditioned and was selected as the Head Drum Major for two years, serving as a student leader of the largest student organization on campus. In addition to his participation in musical ensembles, Avery is a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity Inc. This Greek organization specializes in promoting and providing dedicated service to college and university band programs. These two organizations have provided opportunities that allowed him to establish lifelong relationships with fellow musicians across the nation. In his studies, Avery has learned and practiced techniques to play instruments of all families including brass, woodwinds and strings. He also studied music production and audio recording for two years. Over time, production and recording has become a therapeutic hobby for Avery, which has established him to become an experienced music producer and recording engineer.

Soon after graduation, Avery accepted his first music teaching position at James Martin Middle School in Charlotte, NC, where he served as the Band Director for three years from 2017 to 2020. He performs locally as a freelance drummer and bassist for various events, groups and vocal artist throughout the area. He continues to provide studio recording/production opportunities for local artists in the Charlotte area. These collaborative opportunities through performance and production eventually motivated Avery to become an aspiring vocal artist. Taking on the stage name “AVG” he released his first self-produced album in 2018 titled “Mixed Thoughts” by AVG, which is available on all streaming platforms.

In his spare time, Avery enjoys performing or creating music, using either actual instruments or computer programs. He currently hosts live music events in the Charlotte area where he extends opportunities for local poets, vocalists and musicians to showcase their talents in a non-judgemental atmosphere. He also enjoys playing billiards, photography and books regarding African American history and great jazz musicians. Avery believes that his experience of performances throughout his career are what makes him unique. He has traveled to and performed in nearly every state on the east coast from New York to Florida. His involvement in ensembles from grade school through college has allowed him vast opportunities to grow, perform, travel, and meet other like-minded musicians along the way.

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