Omar Jahwar II
Omar Jahwar II and his musically inclined family proudly recall his early fascination with music as five year old after seeing Robert “Spud” Searight in concert. He is currently a senior at Booker T Washington High School of Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas where he has participated in many of the schools orchestral and band organizations as a snare drummer for 3 years and is currently drum captain. In addition he has competed and earned a place on the Texas Allstate Solo/Ensemble for three years. In the 2008-2009 scholastic year he was selected as the outstanding soloist at the State Competition in Austin Texas.
He has had diverse percussion experiences from playing in symphonic wind, marching, and jazz bands to playing the steel drums, and even becoming a part of a music academy and playing in a professional rock orchestral group. Along side signing his first endorsement deal at 17 Omar has had the honor and distinction of performing at Carnegie Hall with the prestigious Honors Band in New York City, and at the House of Blue in Dallas. His most current accomplishment is in serving a successful and eventful completion of a two-year African Drumming Apprenticeship with the 2009 & 2010 African Drummers Ensemble of the Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration Fort Worth’s Debbie Allen Dance Institute where he personally received an award from the great Debbie Allen and was under the watchful guidance and supervision of Master Drummers Malik Sow and S-Ankh Rasa. He is now currently on the road with world renowned “The Texas Boys Quartette”. He has played with great artist; Benard Wright, Robert “Sput” Searight, and Buffi Jacobs, to name a few. Throughout the years Omar has had personalized instruction from the following notable teachers and mentors:
Mr. Edd Soaf
Ms. Buffi Jacobs
Dr. Ellis Hampton
Ms. Rene Fisher-Mims
Prof. Christopher Dean
He plans to attend Berklee College of Music, in Boston, Massachusetts this fall with the hopes of continuing his educational, artistic and cultural journey.