For Teacher Training/Continuing Education:
For Jazz Camp:
For College Scholarship:
For Ian Simensen Memorial Scholarship:
Winners of the 2016 Manieri Scholarships:
Blake has been pursuing his interest in music throughout high school. He was in the Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble for five years, took AP Music Theory, and has participated in the Jazz Choir and Concert Choir for the past 2 years. In addition, he was accepted by both the WMEA All State Jazz Choir, as well as the ACDA Northwest Honor Jazz Choir. He has been applauded by his instructors for his dedication and performing excellence, interest in opportunities to work and improve his craft, and also with helping is peers with difficult musical challenges. He is especially interested in composing and arranging jazz and classical music, and would like to become a music educator. Blake will be attending Edmonds Community College.
Danielle has been has been playing trumpet in the high school Jazz Band for the past five years, but has been playing piano for 14 years. She played in the Symphony Band for several years and has been drum major for her high school pep band. In her senior year she also took Jazz Choir and was accepted for the All State Jazz Choir. She will represent all of SJMEA in Ellensburg on trumpet this year, having won the trumpet division of the region’s Solo and Ensemble contest. Outside of school, she has also performed for swing dances and at the Waterfront Festival. She is praised by her instructors for her leadership and passion for music. Among other subjects, Danielle has also excelled in Chemistry and her goal is to major in Chemistry at the UW.
Hannah has been singing in Concert Choir and Jazz Choir since she was a sophomore. She has performed in and directed school plays, and was elected Jazz Choir President in her senior year. She’s active in her church, participating in her church band, and also takes piano lessons. She has maintained a high GPA throughout high school and is praised by her teachers for her hard work and integrity. She is interested in world issues and journalism and plans to attend the University of San Diego, majoring in Interdisciplinary Humanities.
Jacob has been playing drums for 8 years, which included taking additional private drumming lessons. In high school he has played in the Marching Band, Concert Band, Percussion Ensemble and in his senior year served as Drum Captain. He also was a member of the All State Marching Band in 2016, and was drummer for the Jazz Choir, as well as playing in the pit bands for AHS and ACT shows. He is applauded for his strong work ethic and desire to improve by his instructors. Jacob has been very interested in photo journalism for the past 3 years. His intended major is Visual Journalism at WWU.
Graydon has participated in Mixed Choir and Concert Choir throughout high school and then added Jazz Choir for the last two years. He has also has been active in the Broadcast club and helped with multiple drama productions, including working sound and technical support backstage. He is recognized by his teachers and peers for his hard work ethic and integrity. He plans to attend WWU with a major in Engineering in mind.
Mason plays several instruments including guitar and accordion. He played in the high school Symphonic Band for 2 years and for the past 2 years had been in the Concert Choir and Jazz Choir. He was selected for the WMEA’s All-Northwest Jazz Choir. He also has been very active in the Theater Program for the past several years, with both acting and music. He is highly regarded by his instructors for his enthusiasm, natural performing ability, and strong work ethic. He will be majoring in Computer Science at Gonzaga University.
The Manieri Endowment is very proud to help support all of these outstanding students.
Thank you to all who applied. It was a very competitive year for scholarships and the selection committee had a great challenge selecting the scholarship winners.
Winners of the 2015 Manieri Scholarships:
$500: Jake Farley, Anacortes High School. A percussionist, going to the JP Bouvet 2015 LA Drum Camp
Jake is an AHS senior whose focus is on percussion, but who also plays various mallet instruments, piano, bass and guitar. He takes AP Music Theory and plays with the AHS Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Choir Advanced Jazz Band, Skagit All Stars Band, and often fills in for other groups. Jake has studied with some high level drummers, including Kit Mills, Garey Williams, and JP Bouvet. His letters of recommendation from the AHS Choir and band teachers were glowing with admiration and great enthusiasm that Jake is interested in pursuing higher education and a career in Music. Jake will be attending the JP Bouvet 2015 LA Drum Camp and also plans to attend WWU, majoring in Music Education.
Teachers Continuing Ed:
$1000: Carole Leander, Anacortes High School and Anacortes Middle School Choral Teacher. Going to NY Voices Jazz Camp
Carole is the teacher for the AMS Choir and AHS Mixed Choir, Treble Choir, Concert Choir and Jazz Choir, and also teaches guitar and AP Music Theory. She was the Musical Director for the middle and high school musical theatrical productions this year (Peter Pan and Xanadu), is a board member of the Theatre Arts Guild and has been in productions at ACT. Carole’s letter of recommendation from the ASD Director of Arts & Culture praises her passion, enthusiasm, and focus on her students. Carole hopes to attend NY Voices, a camp for teachers at Bowling Green State University, where she will learn skills and strategies to work with her students, and in the planning and coordination of the development of a summer jazz camp for Anacortes Students.
$1000: Victoria Miller, AHS, choir, jazz choir, drama club. Victoria will be attending Gonzaga University. She is majoring in PR / Advertising
Victoria has been involved in Choir at AHS since her Freshman year and has also been in Mixed Choir, Treble Choir, Concert Choir, and worked to qualify for Jazz Choir after seeing a performance. She finds jazz and swing music thrilling to hear and to sing and really enjoys the tight harmonies. She participated in Jazz Solo Night 2014 and performed “You Make Me Feel so Young” with the Savage Jazz Trio. Victoria is also involved in AHS Drama and was in “Spamalot” and “Xanadu”. She is currently the Drama Club President. She is also involved in D.E.C.A. and Young Life. Victoria has strong letters of recommendation praising her talent & academic ability from her teachers. She plans to go to Gonzaga and major in PR/Advertising or Post Secondary Education
$1000: Jaclyn Lofgren: AHS, jazz choir & piano. Jaclyn will be attending SPU, majoring in Nursing
Jaclyn sings in the AHS Concert, Treble and Jazz Choir, earning the Choral Department Award as a Junior. She sang with the Savage Jazz Trio on Jazz Solo Night 2014. Jaclyn has also studied Dance for 12 years, including jazz dance and has been involved in Swimming. Her letters of recommendation from her choir, drama and Honors World Religion instructors all tell the story of an extremely competent young woman with serious academic goals, excellent writing ability and leadership skills. Jaclyn plans to attend SPU and major in Nursing, specializing in either ER or Oncology.
$1000: Julie Harstad, AHS, jazz choir & piano, going to SPU, majoring in Nursing
Julie plays piano and sings in the AHS Jazz Choir. She also sang with the Savage Jazz Trio on Jazz Solo Night 2014. Julie has also been involved in Honor Society and Tennis. Her letters of recommendation from her choir and Spanish teachers praise her dedication and willingness to channel her leadership & organizational skills to benefit the programs in which she is involved. Julie plans to attend SPU and major in Nursing, specializing in either ER or Pediatric Oncology.
$500: Jake Farley, AHS, percussion. Jake will be attending WWU and is majoring in Music
*See Bio above in Jazz Camp Scholarships.
2014 Scholarship Winners:
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.