ARTS – Community Band gives boost to Richard Dickens music scholarship fund

Kamloops Community Band music director Cliff Noakes (far right) and SD 73 Fine Arts coordinator Christy Gauley president a cheque for $1,200 to Hugh Fallis, president of the B.C. Interior Community Foundation. Joining the presentation were foundation volunteer Kirsten McDougall and executive director Rob Miller.

The Richard Dickens Music Scholarship Fund has received a $1,200 boost thanks to the Kamloops Community Band.

Band director Cliff Noakes and SD 73 Fine Arts coordinator Christy Gauley presented a cheque for that amount to Hugh Fallis, President of the B.C. Interior Community Foundation.

The cheque represents proceeds from last March’s “Play Like the Dickens” concert performed by the Community Band and the SD 73 Honour Choir.

The music scholarship Fund is administered by the foundation.  Earnings from the fund provide four-year scholarships to SD 73 students going on to post-secondary studies in music.

Richard Dickens was a long-time music educator in SD73, a school trustee, and a community activist.  He was also the founding director of the Kamloops Community Band.  The initial endowment for the scholarship fund came from a bequest in Dickens’ will.

To date, there have been three recipients of the scholarship, two of whom have completed their studies and have gone on to Masters’ or Doctorate studies.  The current recipient is entering his third year of study.

The Kamloops Community Band continues its season with “Spring Fling” on May 17 at the Southwest Community Baptist Church, followed by a performance at the Rotary Bandshell in Riverside Park on June 17.  The band wraps up its season with an appearance at the Sea Festival in Sidney, BC on June 23.

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1 Comment on ARTS – Community Band gives boost to Richard Dickens music scholarship fund

  1. Reg Ealey // May 8, 2018 at 12:08 PM // Reply

    When I read the headline of the article, my
    FIRST thought was:

    “ How nice that the Band is making a donation to the Music Scholsrship Fund”

    Why would I be thinking that it was actually a
    First Nations Band that was making the donation?

    Funny how the mind works and especially how an “ optimistic “ mind works.
    I am a hopeless optimist and will keep watching to maybe read about the First Nations Prople doing more than protesting a Pipeline or finding something else to protest about while wanting the share the revenue from THEIR natural resources.
    There is always a chance that optimism will be rewarded, however slim it is.

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