Gerald Ricke, Director of Bands
address: 18725 Bates Avenue, Eustis, FL 32736
phone: 352-357-6220

Sunday, May 4, 2014

The Mustangs are teaming up with the Eustis High School Panther Band and the Elks Lodge for a large BBQ "Fun"draiser.

The Mustangs will have tickets to their last fundraiser of the year. The Mustangs are teaming up with the Elks Lodge for a large BBQ "Fun"draiser. Dinners will be on May 10, 2014 at The Elks Lodge at 2540 Dora Ave, Tavares, FL 32778 and plates will include 1/4 chicken, pulled pork, BBQ beans, coleslaw and a dinner roll. These plates will be available from 5-7 p.m and by take out, eat in and also business deliveries starting at 2:30 p.m.. These funds will all go to the financial aid and scholarships that the Mustang Music Association provides. 

The Mustangs are also proud that they will have a bin available for community to drop off can goods and non perishable items. These items will be donated to Hearts and Hands in Eustis. The Fall Food Drive brought in almost 1,000 pounds and fed an entire city for two weeks. So please come by and say hello, see the art and bring a can good or a non-perishable item to help the band students help the community.

If you are interested in The Mustang Caring For School And Community Program or want to know how to become a sponsor of either of The Eustis Band Programs please contact The Eustis Mustang Music Association President Cherrice Purvee at Go to Or call the director directly at Mr Ricke 352-357-3366. Non Profit Number N12000011567

Saturday, May 3, 2014

The Metropolitan Area Youth Symphony (MAYS) ,,, gotta check it out and share it!!!

The Metropolitan Area Youth Symphony (MAYS) offers a wide variety of youth orchestras and programs that provide young musicians challenging, rewarding, and well-rounded opportunities for classical music education at every level of learning.

 Upcoming Dates
MAYS of Orlando
Orlando Calendar

Rehearsals located at 
St. Alban's Anglican Cathedral
3348 W. State Rd. 426
Oviedo, FL 32765
for map, click here
 MAYS of Lake County 
Lake County Calendar

Rehearsals located at 
Lake-Sumter State College
9501 US Highway 441
Leesburg, FL 34788
for map, click here

MAYS is possible through contributions to The Jonathan May Foundation.

Thank you, for your support! 

Join the MAYS 2014-15 Season
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Apply, choose your audition time, and pay for next season all online!
Summer Camp 2014
June 16-20 Lake County
June 23-27 Orlando

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For more information about MAYS events in Lake County and Orlando, visit the Red Chair Project.


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Friday, April 25, 2014

The Eustis Mustang Band will be having their free community Spring Concert on May 15, 2014

The Eustis Mustang Band will be having their free community Spring Concert on May 15, 2014 at the First Baptist Church of Eustis. And you and your family are invited to this wonderful evening!
It will feature the three Concert Bands, The Jazz Band and The Steel Drum Band seating begins at 6:30 p.m. with basket drawings at the door and they will have a slideshow showcasing the talents of the band throughout the year. The Eustis High School ROTC Color Guard is to present at 7 p.m. sharp.
Literature on The Mustang Caring For Community as as well as information on The Mustang Summer
Band Camp will be available. There will also be information on sponsorship for anyone who owns a small business because the Eustis Mustang Music Association bought a new 27 foot trailer for the band. The expansion of the Steel Drum Band this year called for a much larger trailer than the band had and this trailer remains bare and needs sponsorship so they can add logos to the trailer that gets taken to every event and makes a great traveling billboard. 
Chandler Fowler - Kaitlynn Balmer - Brady Jenkins
The Mustangs are also proud that they will have a bin available for community to drop off can goods and non perishable items. These items will be donated to Hearts and Hands in Eustis. The Fall Food Drive brought in almost 1,000 pounds and fed an entire city for two weeks. So please come listen and enjoy the youth of our community and bring a can good or a non-perishable item to help the band students help the community.

If you are interested in The Mustang Caring For School And Community Program or want to know how to become a sponsor please contact The Eustis Mustang Music Association President Cherrice Purvee at Go to Or call the director directly at Mr Ricke 352-357-3366. Non Profit Number N12000011567

Friday, April 11, 2014

Some of our last fundraising events this year. We would love student involvement.

I am writing regarding some of our last fundraising events this year.

First we are having our food donation picked up by Hearts and Hands on May 2, 2014. This is a Friday and they will be at the school at 4:30 sharply.

The plan is to load the truck up and any students even if they are not band students can follow the truck to Hearts and Hands. They are located at 231 N. Grove Street. Eustis FL 32727 Phone: 352-589-4011 ~ Fax: 352-589-4012.
They have a website at

You can see a small portion of the children helping out wit the food distribution during our Fall Food

Drive. Literally only taking a half hour out of their lives at

It was pretty fun and easy to raise almost 1,000 pounds of food, so please send in some non-perishables or can fruit or vegetables to the food drive. And your students can get their friends involved because there is a bin in the front office for food items.

That same night May 2, 2014 we are going to have a spot at The First Friday Street Fest. If you or your child can come support this event we would love to have the students helping with the fundraiser by taking in the cash, talking to the community, those responsibilities that we promote throughout the school year.  An awesome part of this event is a parent art donation y Kate Carney ad it will be on display for auction as well as a slideshow of the students in the class room and in competition. This event is from 6-10, however it is not necessary to be there the entire time unless you are wanting to.

If you or your student can help please just return this email with an okay. We will have tickets to the May BBQ that we are having with the Elks Lodge, drawings, and the few pieces of art that are left.

It is important to represent our band this evening as the Elks BBQ is a very important fundraiser as it will
ensure the band to start of next year with a starting amount of funds. To be honest this year when we started the school year the band had about three hundred dollars because last year we voted to invest in becoming non-profit. This year we were lucky enough to afford a larger trailer. But we need sponsors for that trailer and such so the funds need to be there so The Music Association can find those sponsors.

The Elks BBQ is on May 10, 2014. At the Elks Lodge located at 2540 Dora Ave, Tavares, FL 32778. Cross Streets: Between David Walker Dr and Lake Villa Dr. Tickets are available through your students and they are only $10 per plate and your plate is filled with delicious 1/4 chicken and pulled pork, coleslaw, BBQ baked beans and a dinner roll. Pick up, Eat in and business deliveries are available. If you are wanting tickets please ask your student or feel free to return this email or call our event coordinator, Chris Boyette at 352-589-1045

The great thing about this BBQ is the Elks Lodge does all the hard work. They cook the delicious meal, serve it on the plates. ALL we need to do is sell tickets and also we would love some student volunteers to help with money taking and small responsibilities. Not to mention just representing the band.

This fundraiser is a great way for us to work with an organization that helps with this type of events all the time. AND we are teaming up with the Eustis High School Panther Band! This is a great way for the 8th graders to get to know the high school band as well as raise funds for their year next year. 

The exciting part of this busy month is that at the Spring Concert we can announce to the community and school board members just how well the food drive and BBQ went for us! And do not forget to look for sales on items for the gift baskets. The Winter Concert raised $700 and that goes along way to help with Summer Band Camp, scholarships and instrument repairs.

So this is a long email but breaking it down is The Spring Food Drive all month.

Hearts and Hands opportunity on May 2, 2014. Please email me back if you and your student would like to be apart of this after school community event.

The First Friday Street Fest on May 2, 2014 Please email me back if you and your student would like to be apart of this after school community event.

The Elks BBQ May 10, 2014  Please email me back if you and your student would like to be apart of this after school community event.

Spring Concert May 15, 2014, donations needed so please look for those awesome sales to make the bang for the buck. 

Thank you for your time and as the year is coming to the end,
Thank you for all you do we just love our band parents!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Importance of Scholarships and college applications........

The Importance of Scholarship Resumes

Your scholarship resume is a document that outlines all of your accomplishment in life to date. These accomplishments can be personal, academic, professional or extracurricular. By creating a comprehensive list of all that you have done in your life, you will have all of the necessary information ready to hand when you begin applying for scholarships. A well prepared scholarship resume will also give you a good sense of where you stand in relation to other scholarship applicants.

How Your Scholarship Resume Can Help You

As you begin applying to colleges and entering scholarship competitions, there will be many forms and questionnaires that you will need to fill out and submit. It can be a harrowing process, and it is often easy to overlook information that should be included on your various applications. Your scholarship resume, once properly assembled, will give you all of the information you will need in one tidy and easy to access document. Once your resume is compiled, you can refer to it as you fill out your college applications and your scholarship entrance forms. With your scholarship resume in hand, you can be certain that you won't leave out any important information they may help you get the scholarship you need, or gain admittance to the college of your choice.

How a Scholarship Resume Can Help You With Letters of Recommendation

College admissions applications, and some scholarship entrance forms, require that you submit a letter of recommendation. These letters should be written by someone you trust and respect, and who knows you well. But the author of your letter of recommendation can always benefit from a few respectful pointers. A copy of your scholarship resume will provide your author with additional information they can use to illustrate your academic and personal accomplishments. With this information in their arsenal, they can easily produce a letter of recommendation that extols your virtues as a student, and your worthiness as a scholarship recipient.

How to Create a Scholarship Resume

Preparing your scholarship resume is fairly simple. Unlike a standard resume which requires careful consideration of which jobs and achievements you should include, a scholarship resume is simply a comprehensive list of all your academic and personal accomplishments. Creating your Scholarship resume is easy, but let's work through it step by step.

Do It Yourself-Research

When you create your scholarship resume, you will need to sort through the things you've done in life that may be considered pertinent to a college career. This may take some time, and not all of your past accomplishments will have a bearing on your educational future. Consider the contests you've won, the grades you have received, jobs you've held and community activities in which you've participated. While nearly everything is grist for the resume mill, concentrate on those accomplishments that demonstrate your potential as a student and your strength of character. After you have sifted through your past and found the achievements that best represent you, it is time to make your list.

List From Most Current to Earliest

Once you have created a general list of your personal and academic accomplishments, it is time to get them organized. First, list your achievements in descending order, from current to earliest. Always begin your scholarship resume with your most current accomplishments as they are typically the most relevant to your college applications and scholarship entrance forms.

Make It A Habit to Update

Preparing your scholarship is as easy as making a list. As you can see, it only requires a little time and self examination to produce a solid resume of your personal academic accomplishments. Once you have finished compiling your resume, make it a habit to periodically update it whenever something relevant can be added. For example, if, after completing your resume, you should win a scholarship or increase your GPA standing you will want to add that to your list of accomplishments. Keep your scholarship resume relevant and up to date, and you will be ready to tackle any and all scholarship or college admission applications.

Scholarship Essay Example 1

At 13, I was an ordinary teenage girl. I had my favorite movie stars, my secret crushes, and I probably ate too much chocolate. School mattered very little to me and learning even less. I worried about getting good grades in school but only to please my parents. My happy life consisted of sweet treats and even sweeter thoughts, an endless array of bite-sized banality. All that changed the summer of my 13th year, the year my older sister went away to college. 

I idolized my older sister. She was five years older than me and my link to the shadowy world of adulthood that seemed so out of reach. When she went away, I was devastated. It was a very wet summer that year and one particularly rainy day, I was lying in her empty bed looking at the artifacts she'd left behind, clutching an old sweater. My eyes travelled around the room and came to rest on her bookshelf. For whatever reason, I picked one book up and began thumbing through it. It was Emile Zola'sGerminal and it was to change my life forever. 

Germinal woke me up from my slumber. I began to see the world around me, to look at it with new eyes. I always thought things like poverty, greed and injustice happened elsewhere, to people that more or less deserved it. But the more I read about Etienne, Catherine, and the Vandame mine, the more I began to realize the universal nature of suffering. This is part of what makes Zola's novel a great work of art. It has the power to change the way you think while also being beautiful. I realized that there were actually striking miners in my own state. I then became an avid reader of newspapers and current events. I held a bake sale outside my school for the families of the miners. I didn't raise that much money but it felt good to at least to be doing something. 

The affect Germinal had on me was not just limited to social awareness. I also became more aware of other literature, history, and art. I read other Zola novels which led me to discover Balzac and his wonderful books such as the sweet sad tale of Pere Goriot. I also became interested in the French Revolution in order to find out how the month of Germinal came to get its name. When I learned that the young Zola was a early champion and admirer of Monet and the Impressionists, I began to notice art for the first time. 

Now that I am getting ready for college, I feel the effect that Germinal had on me more than ever. I've read it three times since I first discovered it and each time I seem to learn new things. It isn't just that I have a pet rabbit named Poland or that I have a pen-pal who is an orphaned miner's daughter. It goes much deeper than that. Germinal has changed the way I look at myself and the world around me. No other book has done that

Scholarship Essay Example 2

As we sped down the highway, the quiet and calming hum of the car seemed somehow at odds with the late-summer lushness of the Pennsylvania landscape. Without warning this quiet calm was shattered when my Uncle Alex yelled, “Firsts!” 
“Uh, military railroads”, I mumbled, drawing myself out of a sleepy reverie. 
“A working submarine”, Alex countered quickly. 
“Hospital ships.” 
“Flame throwers.” 
Back and forth we went. We were playing one of our many Civil War word games. This one consisted of calling out all of the many things that the Civil War saw the first instance of. It was a great way to pass time when on a long road trip. I remember this particular trip with such clarity for two reasons. One was that we were on our way to visit Wheatland, the home of James Buchanan, a destination that I had been looking forward to for some time. The second reason is that the very next day was my birthday. I was turning eight. 

I suppose for most children it would have seemed strange to be spending their birthday at the former home of a pre-Civil War president. To me it only seemed like a long-awaited treat. My Uncle Alex was an amateur Civil War historian with an infectious love of learning. Alex's sickness took the form of believing that late 19th century American history was more exciting and more worthy of our attention than any other period of human existence. It would prove to be an illness that soon held me under it's spell also. It all started when Alex bought me an Abraham Lincoln action figure for my 4th birthday. I remember unwrapping the gift paper, revealing the strange gaunt figure as my Uncle described to me in hushed tones who this man was and what he had done for our country. The real gift that Alex gave me over the years, however, was that he never acted as if it were odd for a young boy to have a keen interest in history. Because staying up late debating whether or not Stonewall Jackson was a hypochondriac was treated as perfectly normal, perfectly normal it became. 

Looking back, I first remember thinking about what I would later realize was ethics or morals in relation to Robert E. Lee and his decision to support his home state of Virginia against the Union. My first contemplation of death took place after reading the correspondence of a young Union soldier who was shot and killed at Manassas before his younger bride ever received his letter. In short, my entire awareness has been shaped and influenced by my Uncle Alex's colorful pedagogy. I don't know what my life would have been without his influence but it certainly would have been different. I'm grateful that I shall never know. 

Uncle Alex didn't just teach me about a period of history. He taught me about life. He taught me the power of opening young minds to the mystery of knowledge. Most importantly, he taught me how to live life with excitement and passion. They are lessons I shall never forget.
This scholarship essay question (Who has been the most influential person in your life?) is a common scholarship prompt. The example posted here is a winning scholarship submission that deals effectively and affectionately with the question.

Scholarship Essay Example 3

On March 12 of last year, my mother informed my brother and I that she had cancer. I remember the setting with such clarity and precision that it seems somehow unreal: a figment of an overactive imagination. It was an early Spring day, unseasonably warm and bright. The birds in our backyard seemed chirpier than ever. It was one of those days when the world seems waiting to be reborn. The promise and potential of the day and the season only served to heighten the unreality of what my mother was trying to convey.
“I have ovarian cancer and unfortunately, it's metastasized out of my ovaries into...” I couldn't even hear the rest. Cancer? Metastasized? What did these words even mean? How could this be? Why? My mom was in her mid-40's and while that seemed ancient to me, I knew it was way too young to have cancer. I had a lot to learn.
It wasn't just my mom's age that made this disease seem impossible; it was her vitality, her sense of life. In addition to working as a librarian for our city library, she also wrote poetry and volunteered with a local literacy program, teaching adults to read. And she was the glue that held our family together. I knew my dad loved us, but he's a flake. He was either at work or talking and thinking about work. And my pint-sized younger brother? Worse than useless. What was going to become of us? These were the thoughts echoing in my head as I drifted back to what my mother was saying. Even now I blush at my selfishness.
“...and there are new treatments and medicines being discovered all the time. So there's no need to start worrying. We'll get through this...” I looked at my brother and tears were streaming down his face. As if being given permission, I also started crying. My mom joined in and soon we were huddled together: a frightened, sad and confused mound of humanity.
That was about a year and a half ago. My mom is still with us. She is getting ready to begin a new experimental chemo treatment. The family lexicon has been enlarged by many new words and much new medical terminology – knowledge I wouldn't wish on anyone. Our family is holding up surprisingly well. Instead of being flaky or worse than useless, my dad and brother have been strong and supportive. This experience without them is completely unimaginable.
Finally, I turn to why I want to go to college. I need to go to college so that I can continue to grow, mature and learn. I need to go to college so that one day I can be an adult capable of strength in the face of adversity, capable of giving back to the community, capable of being an example to others as my mom is to me. I don't expect the college experience to magically transform me into a wise and all-knowing adult. But I am relying on it to help me explore the world of ideas. Armed with this knowledge, I may then be capable of emulating the strongest, most courageous person I know, my mom

What kinds of scholarships are available?

Some scholarships for college are merit-based. You earn them by meeting or exceeding certain standards set by the scholarship-giver. Merit scholarships might be awarded based on academic achievement or on a combination of academics and a special talent, trait, or interest. Other scholarships are based on financial need.
Many scholarships are geared toward particular groups of people; for instance, there are scholarships for women or high school seniors. And some are available because of where you or your parent work, or because you come from a certain background (for instance, there are scholarships for military families).
A scholarship might cover the entire cost of your tuition, or it might be a one-time award of a few hundred dollars. Either way, it’s worth applying for, because it’ll help reduce the cost of your education.  

How do I find scholarships?
You can learn about scholarships in several ways, including contacting the financial aid office at the school you plan to attend and checking information in a public library or online. But be careful. Make sure scholarship information and offers you receive are legitimate; and remember that you don't have to pay to find scholarships or other financial aid. Check out our information on how to avoid scams.
Try these free sources of information about scholarships:
  • the financial aid office at a college or career school
  • a high school or TRIO counselor
  • the U.S. Department of Labor’s FREE scholarship search tool
  • your library’s reference section
  • foundations, religious or community organizations, local businesses, or civic groups
  • organizations (including professional associations) related to your field of interest
  • ethnicity-based organizations
  • your employer or your parents’ employers

When do I apply for scholarships?
That depends on each scholarship’s deadline. Some deadlines are as early as a year before college starts, so if you’re in high school now, you should be researching and applying for scholarships during the summer between your junior and senior years. But if you've missed that window, don’t give up! Look at scholarship information to see which ones you can still apply for now.

How do I apply for scholarships?
Each scholarship has its own requirements. The scholarship’s website should give you an idea of who qualifies for the scholarship and how to apply. Make sure you read the application carefully, fill it out completely, and meet the application deadline.  

How do I get my scholarship money?
That depends on the scholarship. The money might go directly to your college, where it will be applied to any tuition, fees, or other amounts you owe, and then any leftover funds given to you. Or it might be sent directly to you in a check. The scholarship provider should tell you what to expect when it informs you that you've been awarded the scholarship. If not, make sure to ask.

How does a scholarship affect my other student aid?
A scholarship will affect your other student aid because all your student aid added together can’t be more than your cost of attendance at your college or career school. So, you’ll need to let your school know if you've been awarded a scholarship so that the financial aid office can subtract that amount from your cost of attendance (and from certain other aid, such as loans, that you might have been offered). Then, any amount left can be covered by other financial aid for which you’re eligible. Questions? Ask your financial aid office.

Instructions on general Band Scholarships

    • Participate in band while in high school and practice outside of school. Many college band scholarships are awarded on the basis of prior participation in band and the applicant's proficiency with his instrument.
    • Select a school that offers scholarships for students participating in band. Not all colleges and universities offer scholarships for band members; if a band scholarship is an important source of aid for you, you will want to attend a school that offers them. Make sure the university you apply to offers scholarships for your instrument, as some schools limit eligibility to band members who play specific instruments. Howard University, for example, offers band scholarships only to students who play woodwind or percussion.
    • Apply for a scholarship if application is necessary. For example, band members at Washington State University must fill out an application and submit a 500-word essay to be considered for the Randall Spicer Marching Band Scholarship. In other cases, you must sign up for an audition time and then audition for your scholarship by demonstrating proficiency with your instrument. This is the case at Middle Tennessee State University and at the University of Alabama.
    • Continue to participate in band and fulfill your obligations after receiving your scholarship. This means attending all required practices and functions. Some schools -- such as the University of Alabama -- offer band scholarships that are renewable for all four years of your undergraduate degree. However, your band scholarship may be revoked if you do not fulfill these obligations; this is the case, for example, at Texas College in Tyler.

Youth Free Expression Network Film Contest Up to $1,000
YoungArts Program
Up to $10,000

Earn a Marching Band Scholarship

    • Perform with your school's marching band all throughout high school. At best, you may attract the eye of an eager talent scout for a major university. If not, your commitment to your high school band will show scholarship committees you're serious about being in a marching band.
    • Apply to schools that interest you, regardless of the opportunity to earn scholarships. Your best approach might be to decide on the college of your choice and then investigate whether any marching band scholarships are available.
    • Find out if any summer training camps are offered. Most undergraduate schools have some kind of band camp, designed to familiarize you with the school's particular style, cadences and movements. This is a great way to get your foot in the door and learn about any potential scholarships.
    • Indicate to the school your desire to earn a scholarship if one is available and complete any required forms ahead of schedule. The audition for the scholarship is often the same audition for acceptance in the band. You must be a matriculating student to audition.
    • Shine for the judges in your audition. Nail your musical piece, whether it is prepared in advance or provided on the spot. Many top programs emphasize spirit and enthusiasm over musical ability. "Wow" them and you will go far.
    • Keep your eyes open for additional scholarships you may be able to earn after joining the band. Some schools offer small scholarships to all band members after their first year in the program and beyond


Established as a permanent endowment in the NC State Foundation, Inc. To be considered for this scholarship, the applicant must be an incoming freshman in the marching band.

Awarded to participants in the Marching Band.

The recipient is determined by the director of marching band to assist a student assisting with the marching band program.

Established to provide assistance to marching band members.

The University awards scholarships to selected members of the FVSU Marching Band. Music scholarships are highly competitive.

Band grants are awarded to students participating in marching band and meeting the criteria of the band program.

Scholarships are available to students who participate in the Marching and Symphonic Bands. Criteria for selection are musicianship, instrumentation needs, academic promise, and leadership ...

The scholarships are awarded by audition for marching band, concert band, jazz band, orchestra, and Collegians. Scholarship amounts vary depending upon participation in the various groups.

Awarded annually during Lt. Col. Brown’s lifetime to a student who has successfully completed his/her freshman year with at least 24 credits and is in good academic standing with a grade ...

Applicants must perform an audition with Director of Bands and in addition to marching band participation, students must perform in a Spring ensemble.

Sponsored: Just register at CollegeWeekLive, search for colleges of interest to you - and you could win $1,000! And because we don't want to take a lot of time away from your college search, entry takes just a few minutes.

The applicant must be in the marching band.

Awarded to students participating in The Pride of the Southland Marching Band.

Established to provide scholarship assistance to students of extraordinary musical talent.

This award is for a student of the Pride Marching Band in good standing. The student must be a music major exhibiting leadership. Awards should be awarded on need and merit basis. ...

Awarded to students majoring in Music who are members of the marching band.

Sponsored: will give away up to $100,000 in scholarships this year.

Must be a deserving student who is in the marching band.

Hornet Band Scholarships are awarded to students who enroll and participate in the ESU Marching Hornets band during the fall semester and in Hornet Revue pep band during the spring semester.

Please go to the website for all the information on this scholarship and also the application. A graduating high school senior or current four-year college or university student who has a ...

Candidates must participate in at least one of the following: the Spartan Marching Band, the Concert Band, or the Symphonic Band. Selection determined jointly by overall academic ...

Scholarship awarded to upperclass undergraduate applicants whose membership in the Marching Mountaineers exceeds two years. The award is not limited by instruments and is not renewable.

To provide monies for program support for the Penn State Marching Blue Band Silk Line and for the purchase of equipment and other necessary expenses to enhance the visual aspect of the band ...

The recipient must be an instrumentalist in the Marching 110 Band who is in at least his/her second year of membership in the band. The recipient must be returning to Ohio University and ...

Must be an undergraduate Marching Band member with preference given to baton twirlers.

Award granted to a student who participates in the Rutgers marching band.

This scholarship will be awarded to deserving students enrolled in the marching band.

This scholarship will be awarded to students to participate in the University Marching Band. These awards are based on audition , band needs and previous marching band experience, regardless

Marching Band Scholarships are awarded, regardless of major, to any student who participates in the UC Marching Band. Each member receives $750 annually.

Scholarship is awarded to a Towson University student who is in the band and other instrumental ensembles.

Scholarship available to students selected as Pep Band and Marching Band members. The awards are made by the Band Director and students are encouraged to contact the Office of Undergraduate ...

This award is to provide a scholarship for a member of the Pride of Mississippi Marching band. Recipient is to be selected by the director of the band, and does not have to be a music major.

Awarded to an undergraduate NC resident participating in the Marching Pirates. Other criteria include academic merit and special talent. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years.

The applicant must be in the marching band.

If you have questions about scholarships available through the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, please email or call us at 816-842-7444. The purpose of the ...

Stipends are available for students participating in marching band.

This award is offered to students in the choir, Marching Band, Symphonic Band and Orchestra. Students must audition.

Concert Choir, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Gospel Choir, and Dance Students must audition to be considered for these awards. A grade point average of 2.0 is required.

To provide support for members of the Marching Band.

This award is specifically meant for a full-time, undergraduate student at the Athens Campus of Ohio University. The recipient must be a non-music major who has been a member of the Ohio ...

This scholarship is to be awarded to a member of the Marching 110 who has attained undergraduate standing of sophomore or higher. The scholarship recipient may be awarded this scholarship a ...

Scholarship awarded to a student majoring in instrumental music and participating in the marching band. Award is based on merit.

Scholarship awarded to an upperclass member of the Marching Band whose dedication and loyalty, along with outstanding musicianship, is exemplary.

The families of Mandy Buchanan and Daniel Ledford established this memorial fund to provide scholarship support for students from Haywood County majoring in music who participate in ...

To provide support to students who participate in the marching band and have proven themselves to be academically deserving. Contact the Department of Music.

Awarded to a full-time student having completed 24 credits. The student must be in good academic standing with a grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and participating in the NCSU band ...

Participation in the Marching Band, a musical audition and a marching audition are criteria for this scholarship.

Must be a deserving student in the marching band.

This scholarship will be awarded to scholarship for the UMHB Marching Band.

Recipient shall be selected on the basis of academic excellence and enrollment in the Marching Band.

Awarded to a member of the Spartan Marching Band with preference to a Drum Major.

An Example of a Florida State Band Scholarship

All application materials & auditions must be completed and postmarked by May 31 of the enrollment year.  NO EXCEPTIONS!
Required Steps:
(Jazz drummers with no concert band experience skip 2–4.)
  1. Audition in person or mail/email a recording.
  2. Play the following three scales as many octaves as possible—Concert Db major, Concert A major, and Concert C harmonic minor.
  3. Play the chromatic scale, covering the entire range of your instrument, by tonguing up and slurring down (Articulations are for wind players only).
  4. Play two etude or solo excerpts—one that demonstrates musicality and another which showcases technical ability.
  5. Jazz Drumset players only: play all jazz-related styles that you know. This can include swing (fast, medium and slow), ballads (with brushes), rock, funk, and various forms of Latin.
Optional (but beneficial) Steps:
  1. Submit evidence of selection for an All-State, All-County, or All-District ensemble or of participation in a university Honor group to which you were nominated by your director. Suitable evidence is a copy of a program, an official letter of notification, or a letter from your high school director.
  2. Submit a letter of recommendation from your high school director.
Additional Information:
The amount of a Band scholarship award is based on the following criteria:
  • the applicant’s playing ability;
  • the number of ensembles a student joins;
  • the need for balanced instrumentation in the ensembles;
  • the number of applicants;
  • and the amount of funds available.
Band scholarships are awarded for one academic year. Returning students can re-apply for a scholarship every year.
Students on academic probation or those placed on disciplinary probation after a suspension become ineligible to receive Band scholarships.
Inquiries should be addressed to:
Brian Rainwater
Director of Bands
Florida College
119 North Glen Arven Avenue
Temple Terrace Florida 33617
813.988.5131 x339

Glenn Miller Scholarship Competition
  • The Glenn Miller Scholarship Competition provides scholarships up to $4,500 to instrumentalists, including high school band members. The scholarships may be used as the winner sees fit. Eligible applicants are either high school seniors and freshman college students who intend to make music a central part of their future, according to the scholarship website. Previous high school seniors are eligible to reapply as freshman. The competition is divided into three steps: application, competition and performance. Applicants submit audio and an application. Twenty finalists are chosen to compete. A final stage show takes place once the contestants are narrowed down to six; the awards are then presented to contest winners.
  • Glenn Miller Birthplace Society
  • 107 East Main Street
  • P.O. Box 61
  • Clarinda, IA, 51632
  • 712-542-2461.
Marine Band Concerto Competition
  • The president's exclusive United States Marine Band, along with the National Association for Music Education and the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, hosts yearly concert competitions intended for high school students. Eligible students must play a brass, woodwind or percussion instrument, according to the organization's website. Applicants must submit a recording of a song listed for their instrument in the scholarship's applicant guide. The competition winner earns a $2,500 grand prize along with the opportunity to appear as a guest soloist in the band.
  • The National Association for Music Education
  • Attn: The Marine Band Concerto Competition
  • 1806 Robert Fulton Drive
  • Reston, VA 20191
  • 202-433-5809
The Bruce Kroken Memorial Scholarship
  • High school band members in the Albuquerque, New Mexico area may audition for the Bruce Kroken Memorial Scholarship, which for the 2011 to 2012 academic year provides $1,000 awards to high school seniors intending to continue with music while in college. Applicants must audition on a traditional band instrument, and submit to a brief interview. Recipients must perform at an annual concert under the auspices of the Albuquerque Concert Band.
School Band and Orchestra
  • School Band and Orchestra magazine holds an annual scholarship featuring an essay contest for marching band members. In a 250-word essay, students must relate "How my music teacher has influenced me and my goals in school." Winners receive a $1,000 scholarship, and the school music programs of recipients also benefits by receiving certain products for their department.
Limestone College
  • Each year, South Carolina's Limestone College hosts the High School and Middle School Honor Band Clinic and Scholarship Competition, where marching band members nominated from around the state perform. High school band seniors may compete for the $16,000 Limestone College music scholarship, with the annual recipient announced during the clinic.
Purdue University
  • Indiana's Purdue University offers several scholarships for marching band members planning to participate in the university's orchestras or bands. The Leath Memorial Scholarships go to state residents who pass an audition and then join the university's ensemble in instrumental music. For the 2011 to 2012 academic year, this scholarship is worth $1,000. The Tom Miller Scholarship for marching band provides all or most of the recipient's tuition and room and board. Each year, five students receive the Herbert and Janice Wilson "Band Students in Engineering" Scholarships for engineering majors in good academic standing who also play in the band.

The School Band and Orchestra Magazine Scholarship
  • The "School Band and Orchestra" magazine provides 10 $1,000 grants for middle and high school students, whether they attend public, private or home schools. Five $1,000 scholarships are granted to students in fourth-grade to eighth-grade; five $1000 awards are also given to students in grades eight through 12. The magazine donates $1,000 worth of musical equipment to the schools of each winner, as well. Students must explicate the significance of music and art curriculum's in no more than 250 words. The essay contest may be completed with ease, as it does not require application supplements. Essays must be submitted to the organization's website by the end of each year.
  • SBO Magazine
  • 21 Highland Circle
  • Suite One
  • Needham, MA 02494
  • 781-453-9310
Furman University's Herman Warden Lay Scholarship Program
  • The Herman Warden Lay Scholarship awards full tuition, fees and weighted average room and board costs to outstanding high school seniors accepted to Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. The scholarship honors Furman alumnus Herman Warden Lay, Chairman of the Board of Frito-Lay and the developer of Lay's brand potato chips. Four of these full-ride scholarships are given each year, and recipients are selected based on their academic record, personal achievement and extracurricular involvement. This highly competitive scholarship is valued at approximately $180,000 over the course of four years. The Lays Scholarship Committee selects a number of finalists from the pool of applicants, and these finalists are then invited to a scholarship interview. Finalists' test scores on standardized tests are generally above 1400 on the SAT I and above 32 on the ACT.
  • Furman University
  • 3300 Poinsett Highway
  • Greenville, SC 29613
  • 864-294-2000
The Moorehead-Cain Scholars Program
  • The Morehead-Cain Scholarship offers a four-year, full-ride scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The scholarship includes a stipend that covers full tuition and all other expenses such as housing, books, meals and travel expenses, as well as a laptop computer for freshmen and additional educational grants of up to $8,000 over four years. Students also receive fullfunding to attend the Moorehead-Cain Summer Enrichment Program. In order to apply, students must be graduating seniors in high school who are not married and have no children. While there are no specific academic requirements to qualify, most scholarship recipients are in the top 15 percent of their graduating class.
  • The Morehead-Cain Foundation
  • P.O. Box 690
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27514
  • 919-962-1201
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 220 E. Cameron Avenue
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27514
  • 919-962-2211
Colorado State University's Monfort Scholars Program
  • Colorado State University's Monfort Scholars program awards a handful of full-ride scholarships that cover tuition, fees, books and room and board for four years, as long as certain academic standards are maintained. These awards are given to incoming freshmen who are in the top 5 percent of their graduating high-school class. Students must also have ACT scores of at least 30 and SAT scores of at least 1300 in order to qualify. Recipients are chosen based on academic achievements, community and school service, leadership qualities and outstanding character.
  • CSU Student Financial Services
  • 1065 Campus Delivery
  • Colorado State University
  • Fort Collins, CO 80523
  • 970-491-6321
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