Guest Artist: Jaden Teague-Nunez

Jaden is 15 years old and was born in Panama City, Panama. He moved to the U.S. in 2011 and began studying steelpan and piano (classical and jazz) at age 8 and 10, respectively; he attends DeKalb High School where he serves as the drummer for the Jazz Ensemble and performs with the Marching Band and Steelband.

Among his growing list of accomplishments, Jaden has been a guest steelpan soloist with the Humboldt State University Steelband in Arcata, California, and performed with the Northern Illinois University Steelband. He has performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, and, on several occasions, has appeared at the Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA) Conference. Jaden was a guest performer at the 2023 Tuba Bach Festival in Big Rapids, Michigan, where he was honored to collaborate with guitar virtuoso Fareed Haque, and tuba master Ed Mallet.

He has also attended the Percussion and Steelband session at the Birch Creek Music and Performance Summer Academy in Door County, Wisconsin.

Jaden is currently a finalist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s “Young Artist Competition” with the potential of performing a concerto as a featured artist with the world-famous Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to his passion for music, Jaden practices Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and enjoys playing on his PlayStation 5. 🥁🎃🎵.

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