AIJF Scholarship Winners

  • 2016 AIJF Scholarship Winner

    Thomas Milovac Bass “I am honored to be the 2016 Scholar of the Amelia Island Jazz Festival” 18 year old Thomas Milovac, a gifted bassist from Clermont, FL, will be honored with the 2016 college scholarship from the Amelia Island Jazz Festival. A member of the Florida All State Band while attending East Ridge High School, Milovac will be sitting in with Les DeMerle for the opening sets prior to headliner shows with Houston Person[…]

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  • 2015 AIJF Scholarship Winner

    • Location:Amelia Island, Florida

    Ryan Duncan Saxophone “This scholarship has inspired me to do my best to keep my playing at the highest level.” Eighteen year old Ryan Duncan, a gifted saxophonist from Jacksonville is the 2015 Amelia Island Jazz Festival Scholarship Award Recipient. A four year member of the Florida All State Band while attending Douglas Anderson School Of The Arts, Duncan accepted the festival’s annual award during a special “All That Jazz” concert/show on September 20 at[…]

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  • 2013 AIJF Scholarship Winner

    • Location:Amelia Island, Florida

    Richard Roberts Trumpet “This award inspired me to reach for a higher note” Richard Roberts, trumpeter, was named the 2013 AIJF Jazz Scholarship winner, when he was a senior at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, in Jacksonville, FL. A former student at Fernandina Beach Middle School and High School, Roberts sat in with the Dynamic Les DeMerle Big Band at the 2013 Big Band Bash. “I love to swing, “he said, “and jamming with[…]

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  • 2012 AIJF Scholarship Winner

    • Location:Amelia Island, Florida

    Boyce Griffith Alto Saxophone “Receiving the Amelia Island Jazz Festival scholarship means the world to me. Jamming with the world’s greatest musicians could not be beat” A highly promising teenage alto saxophone player from Tallahassee, Boyce Griffith was recipient of the 2012 Jazz Scholarship Award from The Les DeMerle Amelia Island Jazz Festival. Boyce Griffith, a graduate of Leon High School, is adept at swing, bebop and hard bop chestnuts. A four-year member of the[…]

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  • 2011 AIJF Scholarship Winner

    • Location:Amelia Island, Florida

    John Sheard Tenor Saxophone “The Amelia Island Jazz Festival scholarship concert was an amazing experience that I will never forget.” John Sheard had already established a national reputation. A graduate of Douglas Anderson School of The Arts in Jacksonville, Sheard has earned All-State Band honors over the last three years and had been selected as lead tenor saxophonist for the 2011 Jazz Bend of America by the Music For All program in Indianapolis, IN> Citing[…]

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  • 2010 AIJF Scholarship Winner

    • Location:Historic Fernandina Beach, Florida

    Nathan Skinner Vibraphone “This scholarship helped and inspired me reach my goal of being a great musician.” Vibraphonist Nathan Skinner, a senior at Jupiter High School of Jupiter, FL, received his award at the Swing into Spring Benefit Concert on April 21, 2010. A highly advanced musician, Skinner has earned All-District and All-State Band honors over the last four years. “I am excited to have won this award,” he said, “and I believe it will[…]

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  • 2009 AIJF Scholarship Winner

    • Location:Historic Fernandina Beach, Florida

    Jawren Walton Saxophone   “Being the first musician to be awarded the Amelia Island Jazz Festival Scholarship was a true honor and a blessing”   Jawren Walton, an 18-year-old senior at Douglas Anderson School of The Arts, accepted the award at the Swing Into Spring Scholarship Award Benefit Concert in April 2, 2009. The Festival’s Jazz Advisory Board chose Walton after auditioning 12 finalists from the Northeast Florida area. At the concert Jawren performed with[…]

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