SB Art Junior: Sarah Gardner, Green Oaks Performing Arts Academy
Sarah Gardner is a one-woman show.
Not only does she play the alto saxophone but she’s also good with the guitar, keyboard and drums. The 18-year-old Green Oaks Performing Arts Academy senior is well on her way to musical stardom, and she attributes her father for the success she’s had thus far.
“My dad played (guitar) when I was younger and I traveled with him a lot,” she said. “I was three years old when I wanted to play the guitar.”
Gardner is the student director of her high school jazz band. She’s also part of the National Honor Society.
“You get to meet a lot of different people,” she said. “It enhances your playing ability to hear different styles.”
Last summer, Gardner was able to play alongside Grammy award winning saxophonist Bobby Watson in Kansas City, Mo. Other students from her high school were also selected to play, as well.
Gardner will get the chance to really prove herself in the fall when she attends college, but the big question on her mind is “where?” Gardner has received scholarships from Berklee College of Music, University of Arkansas Pine Bluff, University of North Texas, Grambling University and Jarvis Christian College.
When asked about what drives her?
“I just don’t want to be beat. I have to be better than the next person because there’s always someone better than you, but you have to push forward.”
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