Jazz Foundation awards encourage students, teachers
The Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society Foundation bolsters promising traditional jazz musicians and notable jazz educators with awards and scholarships.
Young musicians learning to play jazz with expert instruction and feedback are the key to preserving the traditional art form. Scholarships, music lesson sponsorships and recognition from the foundation give many kids opportunities to learn and practice that they might otherwise miss.
In addition to awards for students, many of our local schools have excellent music teachers worthy of recognition. The Foundation honors standout educators on occasion when their program and students lead to exceptional achievements in traditional jazz.
Most of the awards are given out a the annual Traditional Jazz Youth Band Festival. Some music lesson awards are given out periodically throughout the year.
Teagarden Jazz Camp Scholarships
Each year the Foundation awards several scholarships to the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society Teagarden Jazz Camp. These are either half or full scholarships and are awarded to exceptional musicians who perform at the Traditional Jazz Youth Band Festival.
Bob Draga Clarinet Award Scholarship
$500 given annually to
- Outstanding High School Clarinetist
Kenton O. Smith Traditional Jazz College Scholarships
$500 given annually to:
- Outstanding Sacramento State Musician
- Outstanding College Musician
Funded by Lauralee Humes
Music Lesson Awards
$300 value to:
- 1 Outstanding Elementary or Middle School Musician
- 1 Outstanding High School Musician (School band)
The Foundation reserves the right to adjust rewards based on availability of funds.
Jazz Educator Awards
This honor recognizes individuals who have provided extraordinary support and contributions toward jazz education in our community. It’s awarded when the situation merits such an appreciation.
PAST AWARD WINNERS
Mary Rose Bongo (left)
Mary Rose, a student at River City High School in West Sacramento, was named outstanding high school clarinetist at the 2014 Traditional Jazz Youth Band Festival. Here she receives the scholarship from renowned jazz clarinetist Bob Draga, after whom the award is named.
Sarah Pearlman (right)
Trombonist Sarah Pearlman was honored in 2014 for her outstanding performance with the Rio Americano High School jazz band, Red Hot Moldy Figs. Sarah polished her skills at the Teagarden Traditional Jazz Camp.
This honor recognizes individuals who have provided extraordinary support and contributions toward jazz education in our community. It’s awarded when the situation merits such an appreciation. The first two winners were:
2012 – Celia Cottle (left)
Celia, a music educator in Davis, CA, has been organizing and directing traditional jazz ensembles and combos for over 20 years. She works with the Davis High School jazz band’s saxophone section and her youth bands have entertained at the Sacramento Music Festival since 1998 and at the Traditional Jazz Youth Band since its inception.
2014 – Felicia Weatherly (right)
As a music teacher at River City High School in West Sacramento, CA, Felicia created a traditional jazz program and organized a student band called Syncopating Sea-Monkeys. She has participated in virtually every program that the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society has offered, including the annual Sacramento Music Festival and Teagarden Jazz Camp.