Artist of the Issue: Cameron Connell ’23

At just three years old, Cameron Connell’s 23 musical journey began on the piano; by the time he was eleven, he had also learned to play the guitar. At Belmont Hill, he continued his passion for both instruments in several musical ensembles, playing guitar in the Middle School Rock Band and piano in the Middle School Jazz Band. Cameron’s musical prowess ultimately led to an invitation to the Upper School Jazz Band. As a result, he was the first Form III student in the history of Belmont Hill to be inducted into this prestigious upper school group. 

Cameron’s dedication to the arts is evident in his participation in musical events at Belmont Hill. Cameron has performed in every coffeehouse and seasonal concert. He has been an integral member of rock and jazz groups for several years, and his fellow musicians recently elected him as the current president of the Upper School Jazz Band, a testament to his natural leadership. Out of many musical memories made at Belmont Hill, Cameron says his most memorable one was during his junior year: “Will Kelly (’23) and I decided to perform ‘Tears in Heaven’ by Eric Clapton at the winter coffee house thirty minutes before it started…Will had never even heard the song before. We spent every last second trying to put it together before convincing Mr. Fiori to let us add yet another act to the list… we managed to pull it off perfectly!”

Outside of Belmont Hill, Cameron has participated in several summer music programs at New England Conservatory, Berklee, and Julliard. The Panel wishes Cameron the best of luck as he heads to college next year and congratulates him for his outstanding musical endeavors during his time at Belmont Hill.

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