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Moreland Middle Student Wins National Music Award

San Jose, May 10, 2017:  Moreland School District announced that Moreland Middle School 8th grade student Daiki Nakajima was selected as a 2017 DownBeat Student Music Awards (SMA) winner, a national competition open to junior high, high school, university and solo entries.  Daiki has received the “Junior High School Outstanding Performance” for his Tenor Saxophone recording.  

Musicians submit instrumental or vocal recordings in one of 11 categories. Judgments are made on musicianship, creativity, improvisation, technique, sound quality and balance, excitement and authority.  The judges are professional musicians and educators.  The DownBeat Student Music Awards are considered among the highest music honors in the field of jazz education.   

Earlier this year, Daiki Nakajima accepted for the 2nd year in a row to be the lead solo tenor saxophonist in the California All State Junior High School Jazz Band.

Join us this month for upcoming Spring Concerts from Moreland’s award-winning Easterbrook Discovery Middle School (EDMS), award-winning Moreland MIddle School and the District’s Honor Orchestra/Band of 4th/5th graders:

  • Thursday, May 18, 2017, 7:00PM: District Honor Orchestra/Band in the Moreland Community Center Gym

  • Monday, May 22, 2017, 6:00PM:  Easterbrook Discovery Middle School Concert in the EDS Quad

  • Thursday, May 25, 2017, 7:00PM:  Moreland Middle School Concert in the Moreland Community Center Gym

Moreland School District is proud to be home to budding and thriving student musicians.  With the leadership of Music in Moreland (MiM), a subcommittee of the Moreland Education Foundation (MEF), parents and community members dedicate their time to sustaining Moreland’s award-winning music program.  For more information on Music in Moreland, visit .


**UPDATE: Daiki Nakajima has also recently been awarded the Young Lion Saxophone Challenge, an extremely competitive competition designed to showcase aspiring saxophone players in the San Francisco Bay Area.  For more information, visit