In November, the Madison Jazz Society awarded grants totaling $4,950 from its School Grant Fund to music programs in sixteen Wisconsin schools. The grants are funding jazz centered programs designed to help students learn about and perform jazz.
In announcing the awards, MJS President Linda Marty Schmitz stated, “We are very proud that the money awarded this year and since the program began in 1989 brings the total amount of scholarships and grants awarded by our all-volunteer group to over $108,000. We are pleased that these grants will assist students from all over Wisconsin now and in years to come. We are thrilled to see that many schools throughout the state are working to provide opportunities for their students to learn about America’s original art form – jazz.”
One of the grants was awarded to DeForest Area High School (Brandon Bautz, director) – $325 to underwrite the jazz band’s participation in the Slinger Jazz Festival.
Other grants were awarded to Fort Atkinson Middle School (Sam Fettig, director) – $270 to underwrite the jazz band’s participation in the Eau Claire Jazz Festival; Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School (Brenda Gauchel, director) – $400 to underwrite the costs of the Red Hawk Jazz Festival that the G-E-T Jazz Band will sponsor for smaller schools in their area; Jefferson High School (Rob Cunningham, director) – $500 to help purchase an upright bass for the school’s music department; Jefferson High School (Kathy Tuinstra-Schereck, director) – $200 to help their students participate in two vocal jazz clinics; Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School (Nate Amundson, director) – $275 to help purchase jazz books for an elementary school jazz performance project; Madison: Edgewood High School (Carrie Backman, director) – $160 to underwrite an all-school curricular collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center; Menomonie High School (Jacob Karkula, director) – $300 to underwrite cost of clinicians and guest artists for a jazz clinic for the jazz band students; Middleton: Sauk Trail Elementary School (John Becker, director) – $250 to underwrite the “Making Jazz Music Child’s Play” program; Pulaski Community Middle School (Timothy Kozlovsky, director) – $350 to help offer an after school jazz program at the school; Pulaski High School (Kayla Koch, director) – $350 to underwrite the cost of repairing and improving instruments for the jazz students; Reedsburg Area High School (Scott Bruer, director) – $320 to help purchase saxophone mouthpieces and ligatures for the school’s instruments; Verona Area High School (Paul Heinecke, director) – $340 to help purchase a Flugelhorn for the jazz band; Waukesha West High School (Tom Ajack, director) – $310 to help purchase repertoire for the school’s jazz choir and jazz ensemble; Wisconsin Dells High School (Matthew Roble, director) – $400 to help refurbish jazz band instruments and Wisconsin Heights Middle/High School (Gina Ademino & Aniela Haas, Jazz Band Directors) – $200 to help purchase new jazz charts for the jazz bands.
More information on the school grant program and the Society can be found at www.madisonjazz.com. Formed in 1984, the Madison Jazz Society is a non-profit, all volunteer organization formed to encourage the performance of and education about jazz. The group sponsors the broadcast of Riverwalk: Live from the Landing on Wisconsin Public Radio. MJS will sponsor its 28th annual Capital City Jazz Fest in April 2016.