Dae Taylor tunes up

Slick Fellow’s June 7 performance captivates audience

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Dae Taylor performs at the George H. Slick concert on June 7 while Mr. Nick Pignataro conducts the ensemble.

Cece Olszewski, Editor

Dae Taylor ‘23 presented his George H. Slick Arts Fellowship recital on June 7 at 7:00pm in the Strath Haven High School auditorium. His program consisted of several pieces for saxophone with piano accompaniment, along with a duet with his saxophone teacher. 

Taylor was introduced to music in elementary school. When the time came for him to choose an instrument to play in third grade, he followed in his father’s footsteps by choosing saxophone. Dae took to the instrument quickly and eventually began taking private lessons. Over the course of his time at Haven so far, Dae has contributed his skills to numerous ensembles including Saxophone Quartet, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra, Marching Band, Jazz Band, and more. 

In the spring of his freshman year at Haven, Dae was awarded the George H. Slick Arts Fellowship. The George H. Slick Arts Fellowship and Grant was created to honor Dr. George H. Slick, Superintendent of the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District from 1978 to 1996 and 2006-2007. The intention of the fellowship is to “recognize the importance of the arts in a nation that aspires to greatness.” Taylor was excited to receive the fellowship. 

“I was incredibly honored and humbled,” Taylor said. “I was also super, super excited to be getting this rare opportunity.” 

Taylor’s recital consisted of several pieces from his advanced saxophone repertoire, including composers Iturralde, Mozart, Maslanka, Reed, and Demersseman. Taylor envisions that music will remain a very large part of his life as he considers studying at a conservatory, or simply continuing to play and improve his skills. 

“It will definitely be a part of my life forever,” he said. 

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