TMC SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JUNE 13
$500 Scholarship Anyone?
OK. We know everyone’s been busy as the school year winds to a close, so we're offering one more chance to apply for the Texas Music Coalition’s Jack Skiles Music Studies Scholarship. Surely you (or a student you know) could use $500 towards your/their music-related studies.
Deadline for entries has been extended to a postmarked date of Friday, June 13. (Could be your lucky day!)
This scholarship is open to anyone (you do not have to be a TMC member) residing in South Central Texas and enrolled in a class in one of the following areas on a high school, technical college, junior college or university level:
music performance (vocal or instrument)
music therapy or entertainment law classes
Forms and guidelines may be downloaded from the TMC web site, www.texasmusiccoalition.org – or shoot SongladySA@aol.com an e-mail to have them e-mailed directly to you. They will also be available at our upcoming drum workshop with Phil Dalmolin at Sam Ash Music on Tuesday, May 20, 6:30 p.m.
Past winners of TMC's Jack Skiles Music Studies Scholarship have included Erik Anderson of Alamo Heights High School in 2005, a trombone-playing member of the Youth Orchestra of San Antonio (YOSA), who used his scholarship for a summer band camp at UT, and jazz saxophonist Adam Carrillo of Sandra Day O'Connor High School in 2006, who used his scholarship for a jazz band camp at the University of North Texas.
Last year’s winner was Matt Beales of The Royal Kustoms ska band, a trumpet player who used his scholarship to continue his music studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Last year’s runner-up, was jazz percussionist Christopher Covo of MacArthur High School. (Additionally, the winner and runner-up both receive a free year's membership in TMC.)
The winner of the 2008 scholarship will be announced at TMC’s annual Meet & Greet, to be held this year on Sunday, June 29, 4 to 8 p.m. at Casa Chiapas (a unique coffee house and more!) located at 928 S. Alamo in the heart of the Southtown/King William district. (Check out www.casachiapassa.net for more info.) All are invited to bring recordings of their music to the Meet & Greet to be played by our guest DJ and meet up with a variety of folks in the music industry. It's all free and open to the general public!
For additional scholarship information, contact Scholarship Chair Nikki Young at firstname.lastname@example.org or (210) 822-3552.
IN CASE “YOU DON'T KNOW JACK” --
From the TMC Archives:
TMC “LIFE MEMBER” JACK SKILES HAS PASSED AWAY
TMC “Lifetime Honorary Member” Jack Skiles, whose musical career spanned playing with Fred Waring and Les Paul in the “Big Band” era, writing the catchy “You Can Afford A Ford” jingle for Gillespie Ford, and hosting his own popular weekly showcase for local musicians for a number of years at Border's, passed away Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004, at the age of 87.
Jack was a master guitar player and humorist and played in studio bands for MGM studios on Judy Garland movies and the like. In their younger days, he and Les Paul experimented with the first multi-track recording, but couldn't interest anyone in the idea at the time. In later years, Jack was a highly respected and sought-after guitar teacher. He was an ardent supporter of new talent and of the Texas Music Coalition.
He was a charter member of the Texas Music Coalition and always willing to do programs for TMC and appear in our shows -- until the cancer he'd been fighting began to take its toll on him the last few years. He last performed for us at our Christmas party at the Cadillac Bar in December 2002.
Early TMC members will recall his attending TMC's first Christmas party at the old North St. Mary's Brewing Company and contributing a crock-pot of beans to our humble, potluck affair. At TMC’s first birthday party (also held at N. St. Mary’s Brewing Company) he had us up in a line participating in one of his humorous numbers.
We had asked Jack to be on our Oct. 26, 2004, TMC panel, "Music Legends & Icons," hoping maybe he'd be up to it but, again, he'd had to decline. His last contact with us, only a month before, was to offer TMC a fund-raising suggestion. We held a moment of silent prayer for him at the start of the “Music Legends & Icons” program. He leaves a wonderful legacy behind and will be missed.
The following free verse was penned by former TMA/San Antonio president Steve Singer, a co-founder of TMC who passed away last month:
Bojangle fingers skipped and danced across the fretboard in a spotlight’s glare. Every now and then he leaned slightly back out of the bright circle of light, his face receding into the shadows, melting against the folds of the dark curtain behind. His red guitar and pale hands still glowing in the foreground…seeming detached.
He looked frail, like the thin lacquer finish of his guitar, yet none of the confidence and strength of his playing had eroded over the years. Wide chord extensions, pedal tones, and harmonics…voices floating on the worn-smooth neck his Epiphone -- an ax which hung against him like an old, well washed cotton t-shirt.
There was no microphone, but the warm whisper of his voice somehow cut through the dark ambience of Storyville and touched down on all of us. You could almost feel the ghosts of the big bandsmen surrounding him, all playing in lock-step. Greats from the swing-shift long gone.
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