Future MSAD 3 will host Mt. View High School alumnus Jason Hemmens, performing a benefit concert for Future Saturday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. at Mt. View’s Clifford Performing Arts Center, Route 220.

Born in Roxbury, Mass., and raised in Waldo, Hemmens grew up listening to everything from ’80s rap to classic rock, blues, jazz and country. He joined the school choir in fifth grade and co-founded a rap duo called Def Poet Society.  At 10-years-old, Hemmens began writing songs and performing for school events. As a teenager he gained local celebrity status while performing with his family band Hemmens and the Mount View Chamber Singers, an elite high school choir. At age 15, he began playing the harmonica; a year later, he picked up alto and tenor saxophone. He gained experience jamming with various blues artists who passed through town including Shemekia Copeland, Bernard Allison, Jr. and Phillip Walker.

Shortly after graduating from Mount View High School, Hemmens moved to Louisiana and enrolled in the Jazz Studies Program at the University of New Orleans. It was at this time that he really began to develop his skills as a multi-instrumentalist/vocalist. He studied with jazz legends Terrance Blanchard and Harold Battiste during the day and performed at clubs on Bourbon Street through the night.

After graduating from UNO, Hemmens moved to Los Angeles, where he currently resides and is making a name for himself as an in-demand performer and studio musician. Hemmens has performed with Stevie Wonder, Tevin Campbell and members of Guns N’ Roses and Poison, just to name a few. He is a true multi-instrumentalist, fluent on saxophone, harmonica, piano and bass, as well as being an accomplished vocalist. In February 2007, Hemmens performed at the Java Jazz Festival with Indonesian legend Dwiki Dharmawan and Los Angeles based group Shapes. To learn more about this very talented Mt. View graduate and musician, visit JasonHemmens.com.

Future MSAD3 is a nonprofit organization governed by 20 dedicated volunteers. Its mission has two interrelated goals: to raise major funding for facilities and capital projects at the new Mt. View School complex and schools in RSU3, to be used to provide enhancements needed to meet this district’s unique challenges with costs exceeding the level of local funding; and to continue long-term fundraising for facilities and programs to address future educational needs, strengthen a community-school partnership, promote community use of and involvement with our schools. For more information, visit FutureMSAD3.org.

The first 300 tickets sold will guarantee a seat in the Clifford Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $15, $12 for those older than 61 and for students. For more information regarding the concert and ticket availability, call Coleen Putnam at 322-5889 or Beverly Winship at 568-3642.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.