Abe Alam, 2015
DSC employee since spring 2013
Degrees and schools where awarded: Associate of Arts, Daytona State College (DSC); Bachelor of Music, University of Central Florida (UCF); Master of Music (in progress), University of North Florida (UNF).
Career/Professional honors: Music scholarship at DSC, music scholarship at UCF and graduate fellowship at UNF.
Outside interests: Music, performing, RCPO (Restoration Church of Port Orange).
What did you do prior to joining Daytona State College? I performed in local and regional Broadway pit orchestras in Orlando, and briefly taught Jazz Combo at Matanzas High School in Palm Coast.
What professional projects are you working on right now? I’m currently working on getting my master’s degree and writing arrangements for the ensembles I direct at Daytona State.
What has been the most rewarding thing about your Daytona State College experience? The incredibly knowledgeable and easy-to-work-with music faculty. Daytona State has some of the top music educators in the state of Florida.
What is one goal you still hope to achieve in your career? I would love to involve our Daytona State Jazz combo more in the local community.
In life? Owning a house would be great.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten? The advice I was given to pursue my first two years of school at DSC; I had some fantastic teachers and was well-prepared when I went on to UCF.
One thing people are surprised to find out about me is: I am Iranian.
Last book read: The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis
If they could bottle your personality what would the label read? Someone would have to tell me!
The Daytona State of Mind to me means knowing you can obtain a quality education here for half the cost.