"An Evening of Jazz, Rock, and Blues"
December 02, 2008
The concert will kick off with the Soundwaves Jazz Club. Jolene Pflaum, a former scholarship recipient, will be featured on trombone in Henry Mancini's "Dreamsville." Another favorite will be "Take Five" made famous by Dave Brubeck.
This will be the sixth annual Sam Pitcher Memorial Concert and the first with new Kayhi band director Julie Cron leading the Kayhi Jazz Ensemble. Included in their performance will be Mel Torme's "Christmas Song" and Duke Ellington's "Mood Indigo." Former Kayhi band director Dale Curtis will be performing in the trumpet section with the last group of the evening, the Windjammers Jazz Club.
"Critic's Choice," recorded by the Buddy Rich Band, will be the opening number for the Windjammers Jazz Club. It will be followed by a Stan Kenton ballad, "Here's That Rainy Day, Cole Porter's "Get Out of Town" with soloist Jolene Pflaum on bass trombone, some very special bluegrass music, and a blazing jazz tune called "Barnburner."
The concert and scholarship fund was set up in memory of Seming "Sam" Pitcher who died from myocarditis in 2003 when he was a sophomore at Kayhi. Sam had a passion for music. He played trumpet, flugelhorn and electric guitar with all of the groups performing as well as The Rubber Band and the Kayhi Wind Ensemble. He also enjoyed attending the Sitka Fine Arts Camp and Interlochen Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. Those experiences inspired the creation of this scholarship fund to help other young musicians in grades 7 - 12 attend similar summer music programs. Recipients of scholarships in 2008 were Trapper Bishop, Louise Bryant, Niles Corporon, Sy Hovick, Gunnar Keizer, Leslie Snodderly and April Souza.
Students interested in applying
for a scholarship for 2009 should take note of this year's earlier
due date of January 1. Up to $1000 per student will be awarded
based on the applicant's musical ability, goals, and motivation.
More information and applications are available at McPherson
Music, the Kayhi counselor's office, and the Ketchikan Area Arts
& Humanities Council office and website. The Sam Pitcher
Memorial Fund is an Advisory Group of the Ketchikan Area Arts
& Humanities Council. Tax deductible contributions can be
made to the scholarship fund in care of KAAHC at 716 Totem Way,
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