Jazzing it up

DeForest Area High School student Libby Powell receives a $500 check from Madison Jazz Society member Gary Poulson at the organization’s Nov. 17 concert. The Madison Jazz Society recently awarded a grant to the DeForest Area High School Jazz Band to purchase a flugelhorn.

DeForest Area High School was recently awarded a $500 grant to help purchase a flugelhorn for the jazz band.

Brandon Bautz is the director.

In November, the Madison Jazz Society awarded grants totaling $9,875 from its School Grant Fund to music programs in 21 Wisconsin schools. The grants fund 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 $137,000. 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.”

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, preservation of and education about jazz.

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