Toronto, Ontario – Humber College’s Community Music School has long fostered a joy of music making while helping budding musicians develop the skills and discipline required for long-term success. For instance, six times over the past 12 years, School alumni have been among the winners of the prestigious DownBeat Student Music Awards. Drummer Petros Anagnostakos – a past member of the National Youth Jazz Combo -- is a 2017 winner in the Jazz Instrumental Soloist - Performing Arts High School category. He joins the ranks of previous School recipients Michael Ruby, Zach Stuckey, Ewen Farncombe, and three-time winner Carter Brodkorb,

“Petros is the real deal – exceptional talent, a strong work ethic and a deep understanding of the traditions,” says Community Music School director Catherine Mitro. “He's someone the music scene will be hearing more about in the very near future!”

Modest about his achievement, the young drummer is quick to share credit with his teachers, mentors, and friends. “Winning this award reminds me of how lucky I am to have had such amazing guidance from some of the greatest musicians in Canada through MusicFest Canada and the Humber College Summer Jazz Workshop, where the recordings submitted to DownBeat took place,” says Anagnostakos, reflecting on his win. “Without these connections in the Toronto music scene, this award wouldn't have been achievable.”

DownBeat is one of North America’s oldest and most respected jazz and blues publications. For the last 40 years, it has been home to the Student Music Awards, which honour annually the best student performers and composers in the world. Students recordings are adjudicated blindly on their musicianship, creativity, technique, sound    quality, and more, with the results published in the June issue of DownBeat.

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About the Community Music School:
The Community Music School is a fee-for-service outreach program for children and youth aged 3 to 18. Founded in 1980, the pogram offers private lessons and ensemble classes through Humber College’s Music Department on Saturdays from September to June. Drawn from across the GTA, Community Music students boast a history of national and international accolades and scholarships, including featured performances at jazz festivals, international conferences, national and international “all-star” bands, and summer workshops. Graduates have found placement in many of the finest post-secondary music schools in the world, including Humber College, McGill University, University of Toronto, Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory of Music, Brubeck Fellowship Program, Berklee College of Music, New School, and Amsterdamse HS voor de kunsten. In 2006, the TD Downtown Toronto Jazz Festival honoured the School with an award for its Outstanding Contribution to the Toronto Jazz Scene. Visit humber.ca/scapa/community-music-school

 

About Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
Established in 1967, Humber is one of Canada’s leading postsecondary institutions. Committed to student success through excellence in teaching and learning, Humber serves 29,200 full-time students and 23,000 part time and continuing education students. With an internationally recognized reputation for quality learning, Humber offers a wide-range of career-focused opportunities for students to personalize their educational path, including 160 full-time programs across more than 40 fields of study, 200 part-time and 400 online programs or courses. More than four out of five of Humber graduates are employed within six months of completing their studies. Visit humber.ca

 

For more information:
Natalie St. Pierre
School of Creative &Performing Arts
416-675-6622 ext. 3363
natalie.st-pierre@humber.ca