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Making his big Carnegie Hall debut as a conductor was a major feat for Damien Sneed, a music virtuoso who’s worked many disciplines in many genres throughout the past few years.

An accomplished vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, composer and conductor, the Augusta, Ga. native is on a whirlwind with his latest pursuits, which recently included conducting his mentor Wynton Marsalis’ prized work at one of the world’s most prestigious concert venues.

“It’s really a lot and it’s really humbling,” he told NBCBLK days leading up to the big gig—conducting ‘Abyssinian 200: A Celebration’ with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra and WorldStrides Heritage Performance National Jazz Choir.

“People talk about the old adage: “practice, practice, practice gets you to Carnegie Hall’ and I know it to be true.”

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