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ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – University of Arlington graduate student Jamar Jones dreamed of performing at the White House.

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“I started playing the piano around the age of 4, grew up in church learning to play by ear before I could take formal lessons at 10,” Jones said.

Jones’ extraordinary talent and dedication paid off on October 21st, when he performed at President Obama’s final concert at the White House. The event, titled “Love and Happiness: A Musical Experience,” will be broadcast at 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 15th, on the BET Networks.

“This has been an incredible time for me both professionally and personally,” said Jones, who will graduate in May with a masters of music in performance (jazz) from UTA.

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As Jones looks ahead to the future, he said he will never forget his experience performing before President and Mrs. Obama. “I felt like a little kid whose dreams had come true,” he added.

“It’s no secret that Michelle and I love music and we’ve tried to share our passion with the rest of the country,” said Obama, who explained that much of the music of the evening – gospel, R&B, and rap – has roots in the African-American experience.

But he said that it’s not just black music, calling it an essential part of the American experience.

Jamar Jones, is also a lecturer of music industry studies at UTA, and has opened for artists such as Patti LaBelle.

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