2015 Scholarships – We are all winners!

This post was written by Dr. Krystal Banfield, Dean, Berklee City Music

“We all sat around the computer awaiting the answer! When I opened the college scholarship computer portal and saw that I was awarded a college scholarship! My entire family burst into tears. I had received the City Music full tuition college scholarship. Thank you! ”

This was shared by one of our City Music students having just received a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music. The African proverb “it takes a village to raise a child,” is true. We all have had some influence on our students, which has contributed to their success. Yet, how can we know success, if the evidence does not arrive in the way of a scholarship? These are questions we readily ask as we prepare our students by building their skills and guiding them so that they would have the capability to attain choices—to pursue their dreams, to be leaders in their communities, to have purpose, to be responsible, to have the ability to enrich their own lives and the lives of others. In doing so, we know it takes being committed to a concentric circle that includes you, your students and their families, their teachers, schools and the greater communities. But how can we create this for more of our students who by national statistics still fall far behind their more advantaged peers? It is possible to leverage our relationships collectively, to share what works, and be determined in our efforts as we look to endeavor earlier preparation for each student. Let us establish a national dialogue, with a goal to create a consistent standard that provides opportunities for each student who joins our community. But, first let’s celebrate our next cohort of 2015 scholarship awardees!

15 – Awarded City Music College Scholarships
Camden Repertory Theater
Campus Club Milledgeville
City Music Boston
Cleveland Music Settlement
East Bay Center-Performing Arts
Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center
Phoenix Conservatory of Music
Project RYTMO
Richmond Youth Jazz Guild
Stax Music Academy

120 – City Music Summer Scholarships
2xSalt Ministry
A Place Called Home
Bahama Village Music Program
Boys & Girls Harbor
Camden Repertory Theater
Campus Club Milledgeville
City Music Boston
Cleveland Music Settlement
East Bay Center-Performing Arts
Escuela de Bellas Artes de Carolina
Fort Hayes Metro Education Center
Jazz Aspen Snowmass
Lincoln Park Perform Arts Center
Motivational Edge
New Jersey Performing Arts Center
One World
Philadelphia Clef Club
Phoenix Conservatory of Music
Project RYTMO
Richmond Youth Jazz Guild
Sarah McLachlan School of Music
Sitar Center
Stax Music Academy
Tipitina’s Foundation
Wilmington Youth Jazz Band
Woodlawn Musical Arts/Audiostate 55

Emcee Kiki Haynes (Actress, Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse) and Walter McCarty (Assistant Coach, Boston Celtics) joined Berklee President Roger Brown, Associate Vice President for Education Outreach and Executive Director of Berklee City Music J. Curtis Warner, and Dean of City Music Krystal Banfield to present 18 Berklee City Music Network Students with full-tuition scholarships to Berklee College of Music
2014 College Scholarship Recipients with emcee Kiki Haynes, Walter McCarty, Berklee President Roger Brown, Associate Vice President for Education Outreach J. Curtis Warner, and Dean of City Music Krystal Banfield
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Jazz Aspen Snowmass and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Marathon

Jass Apsen Snowmass (JAS) is an official Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Marathon & 1/2 Marathon charity.  Their team will be running and biking to raise money for JAS music education programming, and they need your help to raise funds for music education in the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond.

In addition to raising funds to support music education the top three fundraisers will WIN A 7-NIGHT LUXURIOUS STAY to either The Club on Barbados, Morgan Bay Beach Resort on St. Lucia, or the Verandah Resort & Spa on Antigua, courtesy of Elite Island Resorts.

With live music at every mile of the event it should be an awesome morning for the group!

Click here to register and for more information on how you can support JAS.

Jazz Aspen Snowmass 2013 Student Showcase Videos

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On April 26, Jazz Aspen Snowmass put on their 2013 Student Showcase at PAC3 in Carbondale, Colorado.  The event drew a big crowd and had lots of good music.  It featured performances by jazz bands from Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs Middle & High Schools.  Here are some short clips of their performances for your enjoyment.

Aspen Middle and High School Jazz Band

Basalt High School Jazz Band

The Temptations and Jazz Aspen Snowmass

The Temptations perform at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado
The Temptations perform at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado

On March 3rd, The Temptations performed at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen.  Jazz Aspen Snowmass teacher and saxophonist, Chris Bank, put together the horn section for the performance, which included other Jazz Aspen Snowmass teachers Rob Merritt on trumpet and Chris Harrison on tenor saxophone.

The band also had Jazz Aspen Snowmass student Pablo Gorra, from Glenwood High School, who played first alto saxophone for the performance.  He was given and 8 bar solo which was extended to 48 bars once The Temptations heard him play.  Pablo will attend Colorado University in Boulder on a scholarship and will be double majoring in jazz studies and engineering.  Congratulations Pablo!

Jazz Aspen Snowmass District 8 Honor Jazz Band

JAS, Jazz in schools, District Honor Bands Concert, Roaring Fork High School, Feb. 16, 2013

On February 15, Berklee City Music Network member, Jazz Aspen Snowmass, put on their ninth annual District 8 Honor Jazz Band Weekend.  The event was two days of intensive jazz training, including workshops and rehearsals for students from 24 schools.  The weekend included a concert featuring the Jazz Band held at Roaring Fork High School.

Read this article from Aspen Daily News about education programming at Jazz Aspen Snowmass:  Jazz Aspen Snowmass Instrumental in Music Education

Check out these videos of the students performing.