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Musical Showcase for Scholarships

2018 Annual Musical Showcase for Scholarships

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 raised more than $40,000!  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.

Musical Showcase for Scholarships 2018
Friday, March 3, 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.

You can help by (1) purchasing an individual ticket to the 2018 Musical Showcase, or (2) joining the Host Committee, or (3) becoming a Showcase Sponsor.

(1) Individual tickets are $100.
(2) Host Committee commitment is $1,000 for ten tickets.  A Host Committee Reception and Planning event will be held on January 12, 2018.  Host Committee Members and Showcase Sponsors will be invited to a special pre-concert reception in recognition for their support.
(3) Download this 2018 Showcase Sponsorship PDF with a description of the opportunities and benefits of Showcase Sponsorship.  You my contact the Shepherd University Foundation here.

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