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Jerry Foote Scholarship honors local musicians

Jerry Foote was a treasure of the local music community, splitting his time between the Nevada County Concert Band, orchestra music, trains, kayaking and the outdoors in general.

The music community lost a great deal of inspiration in 2013, when Foote, an oboe and English horn player, died. But his name lives on in the annual Jerry Foote Scholarship Fund, which was created in 2013 and first awarded in 2014.

The fund focuses on developing young musicians in the community and benefits local music education programs. It also supports local private music teachers. Scholarship applications are currently being accepted. The deadline is Jan. 13.

The scholarship winners will be notified by phone or email approximately two weeks after their audition. Recipients will be announced at the Nevada County Concert Band’s performance in May.

Winners will receive a financial award and each applicant is required to perform with the concert band sometime within a year.

Auditions will take place at Nevada Union High School. The high school scholarship awards $1,000 and the college recipient earns $1,500.

Recipients will perform as either a soloist or part of an ensemble with the Nevada County Concert Band.

More information on the Jerry Foote Scholarship Fund and how to apply can be found on the Nevada County Concert Band website.

To contact Staff Writer Stephen Roberson, email sroberson@theunion.com or call 530-477-4236.