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Description: Description: Jerry FooteJerry Foote Scholarship Fund

The Nevada County Concert Band (NCCB) announced the establishment of the Jerry Foote Scholarship Fund in 2013.  An oboe and English horn player, Jerry was an active member of the Nevada County Concert Band.  Jerry split his time between band and orchestra music, trains (especially donating time at the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum), and the outdoors (including kayaking).  Jerry passed away in January 2013.

Donations from the public are used to maintain the fund, and the Nevada County Concert Band dedicates a portion of each concert’s donations to it as well.  Donations identified for the Foote Scholarship can be made at the following address:

Jerry Foote Scholarship Fund, c/o Nevada County Concert Band
P.O. Box 1444, Nevada City, CA 95959

2018 Scholarship Recipient

Zachary Riner, tenor saxophone
I am 18 years old and have been playing the tenor saxophone for six years.  When I was younger I took some piano lessons, and my dad is a drummer so I have a little knowledge of drums and percussion instruments.

As a result of being around bands my whole life, I have gained an understanding and appreciation of music.  While I have a basic piano and percussion knowledge, my instrument of choice is the tenor saxophone.   I enjoy playing the tenor sax, and play with the Forest Charter School band and the Nevada County Concert Band (NCCB).  Last year was my first year playing with NCCB.  I learned a lot and enjoyed it.

In addition to music I am interested in cinematography and graphic design.  I have taken college level classes and am certified from Adobe for Photoshop and Premiere Pro (video editing).  I am also a licensed Small Unmanned Aircraft Pilot with the FAA and own a drone.  I plan to start my own drone video and photography company this summer to help pay for college.

            My goal for the future is to combine my two interests.  I want to take more piano classes, and increase my skills on the tenor saxophone, graphic arts and filming.  My ultimate goal is to play in an orchestra for movies, while also taking part in producing them.  I will be attending William Jessup University in the Fall 2018, and plan to major in Visual Arts with a main focus in Cinematography, plus I have been offered a position in their jazz band.

Application Process

The 2018 Application process is now closed.


This scholarship was established to honor Jerry’s memory, to promote the development of young musicians in our community, to benefit local music education programs, and to support local private music teachers.


This scholarship awards up to $1,000 to a talented high school student and/or college student.  The scholarships are offered annually, and are available to fund private music lessons and educational opportunities and/or for college tuition to further the study of music.


Š       Review the introductory LETTER TO APPLICANTS, and complete the APPLICATION FORM.

Š       Application and all supporting documentation need to be submitted by January 12, 2018.

Š       Submit complete application package to:

Jerry Foote Scholarship Fund
c/o Nevada County Concert Band
P.O. Box 1444
Nevada City, CA 95959

Audition will take place at (or nearby to) Nevada Union High School, with date, times, and location to be assigned by email.


The scholarship 2018 winner(s) will be notified by email or phone approximately two or three week after audition and publicly announced at a Nevada County Concert Band’s June 2018 concert.  In addition to a financial reward, each is required to perform (on the instrument auditioned) with the Nevada County Concert Band sometime within a year.  See “Performance” section below.


The scholarship may be used to fund private music lessons and educational opportunities and/or for college tuition to further the study of music.  The Jerry Foote Scholarship Committee may contact the recipient’s private instructor, college, or request additional documentation if there are questions.  Approval of the disbursement is solely at the discretion of the Committee.


Recipients will perform a piece of music as a soloist or as part of an ensemble with the Nevada County Concert Band at a concert within one year of receipt of the award.  The NCCB has an extensive music library available, and the Conductor will work with the recipient to select an appropriate work and schedule the performance.  Details and dates of the performance will be announced once scheduled with the recipient.


Contact the scholarship committee representative Bill Powell at 530-913-7758.  POSTER



Past Recipients of the Jerry Foote Scholarship


Miles Mason, drums
performed “Cute” by Neil Hefti/Roy Phillippe at the Sunday August 27, 2017 concert “Summers of Love – Big Hair.”  Hear it now on Youtube.



Noah Grove, clarinet perform “Concertino, Opus 26” by Carl Maria von Weber/Bruce R. Smith at the Sunday November 26, 2017 concert “First Time Ever Old-Time Holiday Radio Pageant Extravaganza!”  Hear it now on Youtube.


Braeden Ames, flute

Conducted the exciting “Overture for Winds” by Charles Carter at the Sunday August 28, 2016 concert “Last But Not Least.”  Braeden has also performed in the NCCB or its ensembles on flute, piccolo, oboe, and trombone.



Rebekah Shuholm, trumpet

Performed the lovely ballad “A Trumpeter’s Lullaby” by Leroy Anderson at the Sunday June 26, 2016 concert “Musical Safari.”



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Performed Stan Kenton jazz band arrangement of the favorite ballad, “Over the Rainbow” at the Sunday June 28, 2015 concert “Showstoppers.”  Hear it now on Youtube.




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Performed the flashy arrangement of the traditional Spanish bullfighting song, “La Virgen de la Macarena” at the Sunday August 23, 2015 concert “Mad about Marches.”




Alec Brown, flute
Performed the classical arrangement of “Suite in A Minor – Ouverture” by G. P. Telemann, arranged by Cheryl Woldseth, at the Sunday August 28, 2014 concert “Just a Kid at Heart.”  Hear it now on Youtube.




Description: Description: Description: Macintosh HD:Users:User:Downloads:Lauren.jpgLauren Brennan, French horn

Performed a classical arrangement of “Horn Concerto No.4 in Eb Major – Rondo” (K.V.495) by W. A. Mozart, arranged by Cheryl Woldseth, at the Sunday August 28, 2014 concert “Just a Kid at Heart.”