Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School student Sebastien St. Hubert loves music, so when some friends told him about an after school program for underserved Boston 4th to 12th graders called “Berklee City Music,” he contacted the program founder and showed him how much he really wanted to do the program. “I told Mr. Warner I understand that the program is only for kids in certain areas and even though I didn't live in any of those areas, I asked for one chance to show him I am worth it and that I was ready for work! So he gave me that chance," Sebastien said.Every Thursday after high school, Sebastien takes the commuter rail and train to Boston for his private drum lesson with Ricardo Monzon. “I bring my drumsticks, charts and other music material to school, get early dismissal from Southeastern, and hop right on the commuter rail from Brockton to Boston. I usually stay after my private lesson to do my Southeastern homework at the library, or to practice drums,” he said. Friday’s agenda includes Music Theory and on Saturdays, Sebastien joins an ensemble. “Right now I’m in the Bobby Gallegos ensemble with an advanced group of jazz playing students.”
Sebastien has already begun his dream of a music career in Southeastern Regional’s Electronics program. “The reason I picked electronics is so that I could get a better understanding of the electronic instruments on the inside and how they work." He feels that his teachers and classmates at Southeastern have prepared him to get the most out of the Berklee City Music program. “Most of my teachers encouraged me to chase after my dream and do what I want to do. A lot of the motivation came from other students, like Adrian Niles, who told me ‘If you want to play drums and make a living of it, do it, because the only thing that can stop you is you yourself."
Last summer, Sebastien received a full scholarship provided by Berklee City Music, which gave him the opportunity to immerse himself in his music. “The Five Week Summer Performance program is for kids from seventy different countries for a musical summer they will never forget.”
In May, Sebastien plans to audition for a full tuition scholarship to Berklee College. Although he is applying to a number of colleges, Berklee is his top choice. “Berklee City Music is nurturing and maturing me for a career as a professional drummer,” he said.
Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School is a public 9-12 vocational high school located in South Easton, Massachusetts, serving approximately 1,277 students from the city of Brockton and the towns of East Bridgewater, Easton, Foxborough, Mansfield, Norton, Sharon, Stoughton, and West Bridgewater.