Congratulations to our 2020 Billy Strayhorn Jazz Education Scholarship Award recipient from the Litchfield Jazz Camp: Tianna Mickens

14 year old Tianna Mickens first studied piano and ballet with American Ballet Theatre for five years. She found her love for drums in fourth grade when she joined band at school. She has been playing drums for five years. She is part of the school band and the jazz band. Tianna also performed with the New Jersey Youth Orchestra this past year. She plans on continuing with band and jazz band in High School and College.

Tianna is a straight A student, and the family attributes her academic excellence to the music in her life. She was the recipient of 3 awards at school this year. Tianna was chosen as “Student of the Season” for fall 2019. She received an Achievement Award for Performing Arts Band, and the President’s Education Award Program for Outstanding Academic Excellence.

We are proud to add Tiannna as part of the ever growing list of young musicians/scholars representing the musical legacy of Billy Strayhorn through our Jazz Education Scholarship Award.

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