Community Band Announces Scholarship Winners

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By Kay Meade

As the excitement of summer activities beckons, sixteen local instrumental musicians will be making time to invest in their individual musical development.

The Milford Community Band is proud to announce the recipients of the band’s tenth annual Private Summer Music Lessons Scholarships.  Representing the Milford Middle School and Milford’s three elementary schools, applicants were chosen on the basis of their written explanation of why they thought they should be chosen for free private summer lessons and how the lessons would benefit them. With input from the school band directors, a selection committee from the Community Band identified the scholarship recipients.

Funds for the scholarships are generated by a raffle of several large prizes, including this year’s Grand Prize of a getaway weekend package for two at Rehoboth’s elegant Boardwalk Plaza Hotel, with all meals included.  The raffle program is unique in that all prizes are donated.  Thus, 100% of every dollar raised is used for the purchase of private lessons at the Milford Music Center.  The outpouring of community support for this year’s scholarship program has resulted in the largest number of scholarships awarded in a single year.  Eighty-five scholarships have been awarded through this project since 2003.

Mispillion Elementary scholarship recipients included Maddie Carter, Isabel Dypsky, Caleb Bradley, Aaron Veal and Cameron Young. Lulu Ross Elementary scholarship recipients included Stephanie Cabrera-Ruiz, Julia Hardy, and Liz Nielsen. Benjamin Banneker Elementary scholarship recipients Lauren Edwards, Alyssa Betz, Connor Cooper, Jayden Arthurs, and May MacFarland. Milford Middle School scholarship recipients included Hannah O’Hara, Sarah Garrity, and Gloria Bontrager-Thom.

Front Row: Scholarship recipients Stephanie Cabrera-Ruiz, Julia Hardy, and Liz Nielsen. Back row: Kay Meade, Tony Perrone, Joe Lear, Arnold Leftwich from the MCB and Todd Mentzer, Band Director.
Front Row: Scholarship recipients Stephanie Cabrera-Ruiz, Julia Hardy, and Liz Nielsen. Back row: Kay Meade, Tony Perrone, Joe Lear, Arnold Leftwich from the MCB and Todd Mentzer, Band Director.
Front Row: Scholarship recipients Lauren Edwards, Alyssa Betz, Connor Cooper, Jayden Arthurs, and May MacFarland. Back Row: Arnold Leftwich, Joe Lear, Tony Perrone, Kay Meade from the MCB and Band Director Todd Mentzer.
Front Row: Scholarship recipients Hannah O’Hara, Sarah Garrity, and Gloria Bontrager-Thom. Back Row: Band Director Wayne Smith and Joe Lear, Tony Perrone, Kay Meade, and Arnold Leftwich from the MCB.