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Blog: Jaime Esposito

The second blog this July 5th is about Jaime Esposito. Jaime Esposito is a percussion performer and educator based out of Dallas, Texas. During the spring of 2016, she toured with the World Percussion Group, performing with the ensemble, presenting clinics, and coaching at various universities across the country. In 2016 Jaime was awarded 2nd place in Heartland Marimba Festival Solo Competition. In the summer of 2015, she was invited to the United Kingdom to perform with the prestigious Britten-Pears Festival Orchestra. In 2014, she won PASIC's Timpani Mock Audition. Jaime is currently on the substitute list at the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra and the Texarkana Symphony. She recently graduated from the University of North Texas with a Master’s Degree in Percussion Performance where she also maintained responsibilities as a Teaching Fellow.  She received her Undergraduate Degree in Percussion Performance from Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music. On top of her talent, Jaime's personality is perhaps equally fantastic. To learn more about Jaime, check out her site at jaimeespositopercussion.com

What is your tie to HMF, how has it impacted your career?

JE: I met Matthew when I was on tour with the Wold Percussion Group at Iowa Day of Percussion. After that, I attended Heartland Marimba Festival in Utah where I got to work with Matthew, and then this year I applied for the apprentice program. Playing with HMC has been amazing. Learning all of our music in such a short amount of time was a challenge for me, but the whole process has been rewarding and musically rejuvenating. It has been an amazing change playing multiple concerts over the same music. It gave all of us the chance to really get to know the music and perform the crap out of it.

What individual or group of people guided you in your passion for music?

JE: I don't know if I would credit any single person for my passion in music. There is a fire I have found inside of me regarding the whole musical process; the learning process, getting better every day, finally being able to play something you could not before, performing, educating, inspiring, moving someone. There is a passion deeper I have found than just the music it self.

What is your favorite movie?

JE: "A League of their Own"

Who is your favorite composer and why?

JE: Stravinsky. I was part of Chicago's Youth Symphony Orchestra in high school and the first piece we played was Petrushka. As a 16-year old, this was the coolest and most complex orchestral music I had heard. "Mind was blown, I was sold." I also believe that Stravinsky's ballets elevated the level of playing and opened doors for more difficult writing for percussionists. Without him, we might not have the tasty orchestral percussion parts we do today!

Outside of music, what hobbies do you have?

JE: I really love live entertainment such as musicals, comedy shows, drag show, and improv shows. In the summers, I enjoy skiing, wake boarding, and surfing at my grandparents' lake house. I also have a "doggo" named Rimsky who I take on walks and play fetch with :)

Give a list of upcoming musical projects.

JE: I start teaching the front ensemble July 23rd at LD Bell High School in Texas which will take up 10 hours a day, 6 days a week, for about 4 weeks. After that, my percussion duo partner and I are planning to record some really great music by some "up and coming" composers.


The HMF Blog interviews featuring our people are compiled and prepared by our 2017 intern, Scott Eiklenborg (a percussion student at Wartburg College, Waverly, IA).