2011 AIJF Scholarship Winner
“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 saxophonist Dexter Gordon (“I love his melodic style”) and Scott Hamilton as major influences, Sheard has maintained a “passion for jazz” since first beginning music lessons while in the sixth grade. Sheard is pursuing a music degree from Jacksonville University’s Focus on Jazz program.