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Mon Jan 15 14:57:42 PST 2007
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From: <mikesuter at adelphia.net>
Reply-To: Kentonia at yahoogroups.com
Date: Mon, 15 Jan 2007 14:16:24 -0800
To: Kentonia at yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Kentonia] Umemoto Scholarship
I just sent the following message to the Trombone Forum, the Trombone List,
and the Basstrombone Forum.
You might¹ve never heard of him, but he was a great friend of the trombone
and trombone players. He lived in the San Francisco area. He had 37
trombones, and upwards of 6,000 records most all of them jazz - mainly
trombone and big band.
He passed away January 3rd. We celebrated his life this past weekend in San
Mateo with a beautiful Buddhist ceremony. He was a wonderful friend who Liz
and I will miss tremendously.
But he left something behind for student musicians anywhere in the United
States. The Friends Of Big Band Jazz (http://www.bigbandjazz.net) will be
overseeing the "Dave and Emily Umemoto Scholarship Fund." It will fund an
ongoing scholarship that will be given, each year, to a graduating high
school senior who is pursuing jazz studies in college. I urge all student
trombonists to check it out. The criteria will be published soon.
I¹m not on the board of FBBJ. Nor am I on the selection committee yet. But
I intend to be there when the first selection is made to insure that
trombonists who were Dave¹s favorite players - are given a (maybe more
than) fair opportunity. After all, Mike Vax, the Chairman of FBBJ, is a
scrawny, old, fella who thinks he can take me only because I¹ve allowed him
to believe so.
All The Best,
Mike (left jab, right cross, kick em in the shins) Suter
Boy, it's a good thing Vax is no longer a member here. He'd really be pissed
about those last couple of sentences.
PS: DONATE TO THE SCHOLARSHIP!!
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