Congratulations to Dylan Hannon and Timothy Christopher, the winners of the 2015 annual scholarships sponsored by the Space Coast Jazz Society (SCJS)! The two $ 2,500.00 scholarships were awarded on May 17, 2015, during the Scholarship Benefit Concert held at the Cocoa Beach Country Club in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Each year, the SCJS awards scholarships to graduating Brevard County high school seniors or Brevard County students in the first 3 years of college. Applicants must be interested in furthering their studies in jazz music, but do not need to major in music.
Dylan Hannon, a June 2015 graduate of Satellite High School, has accepted admission into the University of Central Florida’s jazz program. He plans to pursue college-level jazz studies and apply the musical experiences developed while he served as leader of the Satellite High School combo, and lead tenor saxophonist of the “O hour” jazz band. Although Dylan stated that his primary jazz tenor saxophonist influence is Sonny Rollins, he also listens to such jazz greats as Count Basie and Ella Fitzgerald.
Timothy Christopher, a chemical engineering major in his junior year at the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT), is a jazz trombonist in the FIT jazz band. Because of his advanced improvisational skills, Dr Jamie Younkin (FIT Music Program Chair) and Captain Winston Scott selected him to play with Captain Scott’s Jazz Syndicate. Timothy, who also plays trumpet, saxophone and piano, frequently jams with professional musicians at such jazz venues as Florida Discount Music.
Both Timothy and Dylan were given outstanding recommendations in support of their scholarship applications by their jazz band directors. In addition, both winners put on impressive performances with the Mark Hubrouch Trio, the featured performing group, at the May17 Scholarship Benefit Concert. Many attendees at the benefit concert particularly lauded the improvisational skills of both young winners.