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FCHS students to perform in benefit jazz concert
Fundraiser will benefit CCAP program
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Staff Photo by Stacey Hairston: Franklin County High School students Matthew Bercik, Jayne Scott and Thomas Kellison are members of the region’s first honor jazz band. They will perform on April 5 in a concert to benefit the CCAP project at the Jefferson Center.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Three students from Franklin County High School will participate in the region's first honor jazz band, which will perform April 5 in a concert to benefit the Community College Access Program (CCAP).

FCHS participants include Jayne Scott on keys, Thomas Kellison on tenor sax and Matthew Bercik on alto sax. Their band director is Robb Shipp.

The CCAP Jazz Honor Band Concert will draw from talented students across the region served by Virginia Western Community College.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. at The Jefferson Center's Shaftman Performance Hall.

All proceeds will benefit the college's CCAP program, which supports qualified local high school graduates in attending VWCC tuition-free for two years. Initiated in 2008 in one jurisdiction, the program expanded region-wide in fall 2013 with more than 440 students participating.

Brandon Lee, guest conductor for the performance, is a jazz trumpeter who joined the faculty at The Julliard School as the youngest member to date in 2008. He is now assistant professor for the Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He will be leading the Jazz Institute at the Jefferson Center in Roanoke in summer 2014.

"This is a truly unique event that highlights the amazing partnerships CCAP has created between Virginia Western, local school districts and area corporations like Trane," said Dr. Robert H. Sandel, president of Virginia Western. "We hope the community will come out to support this worthwhile cause and enjoy some incredible local music."

Tickets are $15 with special rates available for students and groups of 10 or more.

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