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Musical Showcase for Scholarships

2018 Annual Musical Showcase for Scholarships

SHEPHERD UNIVERSITY IS OPEN, and The Musical Showcase for Scholarships will take place this evening (March 2). Check our website and calendar later today. This event will only be cancelled and rescheduled in the event of a power outage.

FREE TICKETS TO AREA STUDENTS FOR TONIGHT’S PERFORMANCE!  Through the generosity of our donors, 90 free music student tickets are available for A Musical Showcase for Scholarships. The concert will feature performances by The White House Band (a 9-member jazz ensemble including two vocalists, led by Dave Detwiler), Shepherd Music Students and a special guest Shepherd Music alumna, Jaely Chamberlain.  The tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Each student may bring one parent/guardian. The Box Office opens at 7:00PM.

Last year’s Musical Showcase for Scholarships was a huge success!  The Music Department is grateful to everyone who came to support Music at Shepherd.  The theater was full of enthusiastic students and supporters, and we surpassed our goal for 2017!  The 2018 Musical Showcase for Scholarships concert will feature The White House Band (a 9-member jazz ensemble including two vocalists, led by Dave Detwiler), Shepherd Music students, and a special guest Shepherd Music alumna, Jaely Chamberlain.

Musical Showcase for Scholarships 2018
Friday, March 2, 2018 at 8:00 PM
Frank Center Theater*

All guests are invited to a meet-the-artists at a post-concert dessert reception immediately following the concert.

How you can support our students

Our scholarship goal is $25,000 All proceeds from this event will provide scholarships for current and future music students at Shepherd University.  Your support is vital to providing an affordable education for our students.

Online tickets sales have ended for this evening’s concert. Tickets will be available for purchase at the box office starting at 7pm.

All tickets purchased after Friday, February 23 will be held for pick up at the box office before the concert on March 2.

To give by mail, download a Gift Form and mail the completed form and your check to:

Shepherd University Foundation
PO Box 5000
Shepherdstown, WV 25443

Please make checks payable to Shepherd University Foundation.  On the form, under “Please designate my gift to:”, be sure to check “Other” and write in A Musical Showcase for Scholarships.

About the White House Band

The White House Band is a group of some of the finest musicians in the world who at some point in their careers played at the White House with our nation’s Washington-based military bands. The group performs music ranging from rock and swing, to latin and jazz. The members of the band represent all of the armed services and have worked together and in separate groups for the better part of thirty years. They have been a featured group with The National Symphony Orchestra, played at Wolftrap, The Millenium Stage, Strathmore Hall, and Blues Alley in Georgetown.  The White House Band is led by trumpeter Dave Detwiler (former lead and solo trumpet with The US Army Band) who currently plays with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. With Chris Vadala on saxophone (played sax with Chuck Mangione for 14 years) and Rhoades Whitehill on trombone (formerly with the U.S. Navy Commodores) this front line of horns has played with just about every artist in the business ranging from Sinatra and Streisand to Cee Lo Green and Lady Antebellum.  The rhythm section of Ronnie Shaw (Shepherd drumset professor and member of Three Mo’ Tenors) on drums, Glenn Dewey (professor of bass at George Mason University and bassist with the U.S. Marine Band’s present White House band) Ken Hall, (professor of guitar at Shenandoah University and NOVA and department head at Westfield High School) and Dr. Mark Cook on keyboards (Shepherd University), are exceptional soloists, as well as one of the finest rhythm sections ever assembled in one band. The March concert will also feature vocalists, Dr. Darden Purcell and Glenn Scimonelli.

Here are highlights from the 2017 Musical Showcase for Scholarships.

*Frank Center Theater
Shepherd University
260 University Drive
Shepherdstown, WV 25443

For more information, call 304-876-5555.