A Titusville HighSchool trumpet player and a Satellite High School bass player have won the 2013 Space Coast Jazz Society scholarships.
The trumpet player is Joshua Toler, who will use his $1,500 scholarship at the University of Central Florida before going on to graduate studies at the Curtis Institute of Music or the Colburn Conservatory of Music. “Although I won’t have a primary major in jazz,” he says, “I have an obsession for jazz music.”
The bass player is Michael Clay, who will use his $1,500 scholarship to study music at Stetson University. He also won some Stetson scholarship money after his music audition there.
Both of the winners were active in the jazz bands and the symphonic bands at their schools. Clay is especially proud of his award-winning work with the highly acclaimed Zero Hour Jazz Ensemble at Satellite High and both the All County Band and the All County Chamber Orchestra.
Clay says he has been greatly encouraged and influenced by Mark Nelson, Satellite High’s long-time music director.
Also steeped in classical music, trumpeter Toler developed a love of jazz in high school. He continued his classical development with the Brevard Chamber Society and the Brevard Symphony. He plays for the Space Coast Pops, which has invited him to be in that orchestra while he is in college.
The scholarship winners were announced at the May meeting of the SCJS, where they each played several jazz tunes with the month’s headliners, the Mark Hubrouck Jazz Quartet.
The presentations were by Scholarship Committee Co-chairmen Les Chenoweth and Fred Minnis.
This year’s scholarships were financed mostly by the annual benefit featuring former astronaut Winston Scott in March. There was also a $1,500 donation by the Kirsner Family Fund in honor of Heidi and Ed Deleuil, owners of Heidi’s Jazz Club.