Jazz & Swing Scholarship Winners for 2014
Manieri Jazz & Swing Endowment
Anacortes Public Library
1220 Tenth Street
The Manieri Jazz & Swing Endowment of the Anacortes Public Library announces the winners of scholarships to students of the Western Skagit County region who are active in jazz and/or swing music. We are proud to say that the endowment received a number of worthy applications. This year's winners are:
Jackson Burgess: $1000
Jack plays percussion and vibraphone in the Anacortes High School Jazz Band and has written some songs of his own. He is in the AHS Marching Band/Drumline, Percussion Ensemble, and Symphonic Band. Jack also has done guest performances with A-Town Big Band, the Savage Jazz Quartet, and the Skagit All Star Jazz. He has strong letters of recommendation praising his talent and ability from instructors and fellow musicians. He plans to go to the Cornish College of the Arts and "immerse myself in Jazz . . . I want to share it with everyone who will listen."
Amy Feeney: $1000
Amy is a Mt. Vernon High School senior whose focus is on upright bass, tuba, and also choir. She plays with the MVHS Jazz Band, the Skagit All Star Jazz Band, and has participated in numerous workshops and festivals. Amy won an Emerging Young Artist award for a notable performance at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. She performs in numerous volunteer events. Her enthusiastic recommendations all talk about her dedication and ability, and also her stellar academic record. Amy plans to attend Western Washington University, major in music, and to go on to perform and teach.
Miles Anderson: $500
Miles plays Trumpet in the Anacortes High School Jazz Band, the Skagit All-Star Jazz Band, and the Fidalgo Youth Symphony (on both trumpet and cello). His letters of recommendation from instructors and conductors all speak of his talent and commitment to music which spills over into working with other musicians, young and old, and volunteering to make productions run smoothly. Miles plans to go to Western Washington University with an undetermined major, but says that "music will always be a part of my life."
Simon Marks-Franks: $500
Simon lives in Rockport and is a full-time Running Start student at Skagit Valley College whose focus is on clarinet, trumpet, and saxophone. He started playing jazz at Concrete High School and now plays with the Skagit Valley College Jazz Ensemble, the SVC Jazz Choir, and the pit band for SVC theatrical productions. Simon's recommendations all talk about his maturity and motivation, both in music and other studies. Simon plans to complete his transfer degree at Skagit Valley College then transfer to Eastern Washington University as a junior, where he will major in music and possibly music education.
Jazz Camp Scholarship:
Christopher Perry: $500
Christopher plays guitar and bass guitar, stand-up bass, and banjo (which he built himself!) in the Mt. Vernon High School Jazz Band. Christopher's focus is on jazz and he has strong letters of recommendation praising his outstanding musical ability, diligence in preparation, character, and academic record. He plans to go to the University of Washington Jazz Workshop in June.
Teacher's Continuing Education:
Ian Simensen: $1000
Ian is the band teacher for all Anacortes schools. He teaches beginning band at the elementary schools, middle school band and jazz band, and all the high school bands, from marching band to bands for theatrical productions, to the jazz ensemble. Ian has organized numerous performances including multi-district performances involving jazz ensembles from seven nearby school districts. His letters of recommendation all praise his tireless work in bringing the band programs in Anacortes up to a very high standard and also his instrumental role in founding A-Town Big Band, in which he plays trumpet. In the coming year, Ian will complete his master's degree in Instrumental Conducting through the American Band College.
The Manieri Endowment Advisory Board and the Jazz Committee will honor the scholarship winners at their "2nd Sunday Jazz" performance on Sunday, June 8, 2 pm, at the Heart of Anacortes (4th and "O" Avenue). A representative of the Manieri Advisory board will present the awards to the recipients before the performance by Susan Pascal.
For more on the Manieri endowment, please visit www.jazzatthelibrary.com.
Questions? Please call the Library at 360-293-1910, ext. 21, or visit library.cityofanacortes.org.