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Paschal Student-Musician Wins Prestigious Friedman Award

JakobMacias Fort Worth, Texas - Jakab Macias from Fort Worth ISD’s Paschal High School has been chosen as the first jazz saxophonist, oboist and clarinetist to receive the prestigious Bayard H. Friedman award. 

Jakab was chosen from a field of 10 applicants not only for his excellent musicianship, work ethic and intellectual curiosity, but also for his leadership and drive. He has been featured as a soloist with the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra and is a National Merit Commended Scholar. 

The Bayard H. Friedman award was created in 1999 in memory of the man many called “Mr. Fort Worth,” for his many contributions to the community. He not only served as mayor of our city in the 1960s, but was also a guiding force behind construction of the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. However, this award was created primarily to honor Mr. Friedman’s leadership, focus and wisdom, as founding director of Performing Arts Fort Worth and Chairman of Development for Bass Performance Hall. Bayard Friedman envisioned the new performance hall as “a hall for the next century,” to enrich the lives of many future generations of citizens.

There have been 18 students chosen as Bayard Friedman Scholarship recipients throughout the years; many now have illustrious careers in music and music education. 

We expect Jakab to be a worthy recipient of this award and to make us all very proud in the future.