An Evening of Jazz and Blues
Concert and scholarship fund
honors memory of Sam Pitcher
November 17, 2004
Ketchikan, Alaska - The second annual Sam Pitcher Memorial Scholarship
Concert will take place Tuesday, November 23 at 7pm at the Kayhi
Auditorium. "An Evening of Jazz and Blues" will feature
the Discovery Jazz Club, the Soundwaves Jazz Club, the Windjammers
Jazz Club and the Kayhi Jazz Ensemble. Donations for the scholarship
fund will be accepted at the door.
Roy and Tina McPherson
of McPherson's Music and Sam Pitcher
following a Kayhi Wind Ensemble concert in April 2003.
These groups feature many talented young musicians in grades
7 - 12. Some of the featured soloists will be Andrew Goodwin
on trombone on "Fields of Gold'" Angela Entwit on alto
saxophone on "Just Before Sunset," Samantha Mestas
on alto saxophone on "Send in the Clowns," Ron Brandow
on flugelhorn on "Velvet Rain," and Courtney Kiffer
on alto saxophone on "The Magician". "Original
People" will feature the entire trombone section as well
as solos from Weston Corporon on trombone and Amber Kiffer on
The concert and scholarship
fund was set up to honor the memory of Seming "Sam"
Pitcher, a Kayhi student who died from an inflammation of his
heart in April 2003. Sam was a gifted young man who enjoyed music.
He played trumpet, flugelhorn and electric guitar in all the
bands that will be performing in this concert as well as The
Rubber Band and the Kayhi Wind Ensemble. Sam was also able to
benefit from participation in the Sitka Fine Arts Camp and Interlochen
Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. The scholarship is intended to help
other young musicians in grades 7 - 12 attend similar summer
Roy McPherson conducts
the Windjammer's at the 2003 Jerry Galley Memorial Scholarship
concert and features Allison Netterer and Sam soloing out front.
Scholarship recipients in 2003 were sisters Amber and Courtney
Kiffer. Amber applied her scholarship towards attending a jazz
workshop in Louisville Kentucky and another in Port Townsend,
Washington. She stated, "I had the time of my life"
and "was immersed in music." She got to meet and take
classes from well known jazz trumpet players such as Ingrid Jensen
and Bobby Shew. Courtney attended the Sitka Fine Arts camp where
she "learned a lot, made new friends, and had a lot of fun!"
She also stated, "It really sparked my interest in music."
Applications for scholarships
from the fund and more information are available at McPherson
Music, the Ketchikan Area Arts & Humanities Council, and
the Ketchikan High School counselor's office. Up to $1000 in
scholarships will be awarded in 2005 based on the applicant's
musical ability, goals, motivation and, to a lesser extent, on
financial need. Applications are due February 1, 2005.
The Sam Pitcher Memorial Fund
is an Advisory Group of the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities
Council. Tax deductible contributions can be made to the scholarship
fund in care of KAAHC at 716 Totem Way, Ketchikan.
The Sam Pitcher Music Scholarships
Announced; Amber Kiffer and Courtney Kiffer Each Receive Awards...
SitNews - March 09, 2004
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