Big band, big heart: 10 students benefit from Freese Brothers Big Band annual scholarships

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The Freese Brothers Big Band
The Freese Brothers Big Band

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

This year’s scholarship recipients are:

Bow High School:
Gillian Martin of Bow. Gillian plays the clarinet in the Concert and Jazz Bands, plays the piano and helps present music lessons to young students. She will attend UNH’s Summer Youth Music School.

Lina Patel of Hooksett. Lina plays the clarinet in the Concert Band Pep Band. She will attend UNH’s Summer Youth Music School.

Samantha Perry of Bow. Samantha plays percussion and French horn and is active in chorus and theater.  She will attend the Emerson College Musical Theater Studio program.

Concord High School:
Sarah Aznive of Concord. Sarah plays the clarinet in the Marching and Concert Bands. She will attend UNH’s Summer Youth Music School.

Henry Kaplan of Concord. Henry plays piano, saxophone and drums and is a member of the Marching, Concert and Jazz Bands. He will attend UNH’s Summer Youth Music School.

Miranda Kaplan of Concord. Miranda plays the cello and clarinet and is a member of the Marching and Concert Bands. She will attend UNH’s Summer Youth Music School.

Julia Peabody-Harhigh of Concord. Julia plays the trombone in the Marching, Concert and Jazz Bands. She will attend UNH’s Summer Youth Music School.

Fiona MacWhinnie of Concord received the Concord High School Freese Brothers Scholarship, awarded by the school and band to help defray college expenses.  Fiona played the clarinet in the Concert and Marching Band. She will attend UMass-Amherst.

Manchester Central High School:
Daniel Powers of Manchester.  Daniel plays the tuba and trombone and is a member of the Concert and Jazz Bands and other musical groups. He will attend UNH’s Summer Youth Music School.

Pinkerton Academy:
Alison Kaiser of Chester. Alison sings in the school choir and plays the guitar, bass guitar and ukulele. She will attend UNH’s Summer Youth Music School.

Formed by brothers Jack, Bill, George and Courtland Freese, the Freese Brothers Big Band has been keeping the sounds of Big Band music alive since 1982. Members volunteer their talent and donate band performance fees to the Freese Brothers Big Band Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund has awarded nearly $60,000 in scholarships.

The band welcomes tax-deductible contributions through the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.  For information, go to www.freesebrothersbigband.com.

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