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Third Annual Sam Pitcher Memorial Scholarship Concert Scheduled


November 16, 2005

Ketchikan, Alaska - The third annual Sam Pitcher Memorial Scholarship Concert will take place Tuesday, November 22 at 7 pm 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.

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Dale Curtis joins the Kayhi Jazz Ensemble on Sam Pitcher's
trumpet at the 2004 Sam Pitcher Memorial Concert

All of the groups feature many talented young musicians in grades 7 - 12. A few of the featured soloists will be Jamie Karlson playing tenor sax and Courtney Kiffer playing alto sax on "Where is the Love," Amber Kiffer playing flugelhorn on "If I Could," Ron Brandow playing trumpet and Weston Corporon playing trombone on "Granada Smoothie," Niles Corporon playing alto sax on "Harlem Nocturne," and drummers Pat Troll and Brandon Hoyt on "Timetable."

The concert and scholarship fund was set up to honor the memory of Sam Pitcher, a Kayhi student who died from an inflammation of his heart in April 2003. Sam 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 music programs.

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Allison Netterer and Sam Pitcher solo while Roy McPherson
conducts TheWindjammers in 2003.

Scholarship recipients in 2005 were twins Jamie and Jeffery Karlson. Jamie used her scholarship to attend the Sitka Fine Arts Camp and Jeffery attended the Interlochen Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. Jeffery was then offered a substantial scholarship from Interlochen Academy where he is now attending his junior year of high school. Scholarship recipients in 2004 were sisters Amber and Courtney Kiffer.

Applications for 2006 scholarships will be available at the time of the concert and will also be 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 2006 based on the applicant's musical ability, goals, motivation and, to a lesser extent, on financial need. Applications are due no later than February 1, 2006.

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.

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