5 MHT students earn music education scholarships via Freese Brothers Big Band

10 music students from Concord, Derry, Hudson, and Manchester selected.

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CONCORD, NH – The Freese Brothers Big Band has awarded scholarships that will enable nine talented high school musicians to attend summer music programs. A tenth student received the annual Concord High School Freese Brothers Scholarship to help defray college costs.

Five of the students honored with scholarships are from Manchester.

This year’s scholarship recipients are:


Alvirne High School:

Sophia Garas of Hudson. Sophia is a vocalist and plays the piano. She will attend the Ithaca College Summer Music Academy Performance Track Vocal Program.

Concord High School:

MacKenzie Lyons of Concord. MacKenzie plays the trumpet. She will attend UNH’s Summer Youth Music School.

Ethan Tessier of Concord received the annual Concord High School Freese Brothers Scholarship, awarded by the school and band to help defray college expenses. Ethan plays the trumpet. He will major in music and German at Gettysburg College.

Manchester Central High School:

Maryann Hurley of Manchester. Maryann plays the French horn. She will attend UNH’s Summer Youth Music School.

Manchester Memorial High School:

Anthony St. Germain of Manchester. Anthony plays the trumpet. He will attend UNH’s    Summer Youth Music School.

Manchester West High School:

Abigail Hall of Manchester. Abigail plays the clarinet and tenor saxophone. She will attend UNH’s Summer Youth Music School.

Annika Jankie-Widlund of Manchester. Annika is a vocalist. She will attend UNH’s Summer Youth Music School.

Peter St. Germain of Manchester. Peter is a percussionist. He will attend UNH’s Summer Youth Music School.

Pinkerton Academy:

Nick Barbuto of Hampstead. Nick is a percussionist. He will attend the KoSA Academy Percussion Camp in Montreal.

Drew Coraccio of Derry. Drew plays the trombone and tuba. He will attend the BU Tanglewood Institute.


Brothers Jack, Bill, George and Courtland Freese founded the Freese Brothers Big Band in 1982. Members volunteer their talent and donate performance fees to the Freese Brothers Big Band Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund has awarded nearly $65,000 in scholarships. The band welcomes tax deductible contributions through the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. For information, go to www.freesebrothersbigband.com.