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JAMIL Jorge - president

My name is Jamil Jorge—Paisoc’s president! I am an ethnomusicology doctoral student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I earned my MA researching Black drum corps from 1950s and 1960s. I am of Nicaraguan, Palestinian, Filipino, and Italian descent. Aside from performing in 7th Regiment for three years, I played percussion for modern, contemporary, West African and Caribbean dance classes, trombone in Dixie bands and Afro-pop bands, and many other ensembles. I am part of PAISOC because it’s clear to see that some performing opportunities are becoming more expensive, which can oftentimes economically marginalize students of color, especially in the marching arts. By creating a community that promotes diversity, I hope we can provide financial assistance to as many students as possible so they can have life changing experiences in the performing arts.