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WEST WARWICK â At John F. Deering Middle School, friends and family will be reminded of the late Jared Gorman every time the acoustics of the new baritone saxophone fill the auditorium.
An avid baritone saxophone player, Jared shared the one instrument owned by the school with three other students. They alternated practice times and coordinated who could borrow it and when.
âIn sixth grade, he used to always tell me, âWe have to get a new instrument, Mr. Keating.â Iâd say, âIâm going to get you one, Jared,ââ remembered seventh and eighth grade Band Director, Todd Keating.
Joann Gorman, Jaredâs mother, explained that he had played the alto saxophone in the fifth grade but was introduced to the baritone in the sixth and âfell in love with it.â
âHe said it used to make him shake when he played it because it was so deep,â she remembered.
For the next two years, the baritone saxophone was the only instrument he played.
âI donât know if it was because he said it was so deep but he just loved it,â said his mother.
Jared was born on July 23, 1998. He grew up in West Warwick and attended Wakefield Hills Elementary School and then John F. Deering Middle School.
He was known as the kid who âalways did the right thing,â said Middle School Principal Brian Dillon.
âHe was just a happy, loving friend to everyone,â added his mother.
âHe would speak to anyone â say hi if youâre having a bad day. It didnât matter if it was a young kid, adult or someone heâs never met. Heâd talk to everyone.â
And according to the Keating, âhe was my best music student.â
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