Trane Virginia District joins Virginia Western Community College and the Virginia Western Educational Foundation to announce a Community College Access Program (CCAP) Jazz Honor Band benefit concert on April 5. All proceeds of the CCAP Jazz Honor Band presented by Trane go directly to make college possible for local high school graduates.
WHAT: CCAP Jazz Honor Band Concert presented by Trane
WHEN: Saturday, April 5 at 7 p.m.
WHERE: The Jefferson Center--Shaftman Performance Hall
COST: $15, special rates available for students and groups of 10 or more
TICKETS: Available online at http://www.jeffcenter.org/ccap-jazz-honor-band
INFO: Selected high school jazz students from Roanoke Valley high schools participating in CCAP will perform. Brandon Lee, a renowned jazz trumpeter will be the guest conductor.
“Music students from across the Roanoke Valley are gaining a valuable experience by participating in the CCAP Jazz Honor Band. The students chosen for the honor band will make Roanoke proud of the talent among our young people,” said Cari Gates, Fine Arts Coordinator, Roanoke City Public Schools. “All graduating high school students may benefit from the access to a quality education afforded by CCAP. Roanoke City Public Schools are extremely supportive of CCAP and we believe education creates a better future for our students and community.”
Brandon Lee, a jazz trumpeter, joined the faculty at The Julliard School as the youngest member to date in 2008. Having first attended The Julliard School in 2001 as a young student in the inaugural class of the Jazz Studies program, he also received his Bachelors of Music in 2005 and Masters of Music in 2007 from the school. He now is Assistant Professor for the Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He will be leading the Jazz Institute at the Jefferson Center in Roanoke in the summer of 2014.
“This is a truly unique event that highlights the amazing partnerships CCAP has created between Virginia Western, local school districts and area corporations like Trane,” said Dr. Robert H. Sandel, President of Virginia Western. “We hope the community will come out to support this worthwhile cause and enjoy some incredible local music.”
Trane and parent company Ingersoll Rand are long-time supporters of CCAP for Roanoke City, which began with a pilot program in 2009. CCAP is available in Virginia Western’s entire service region, which is comprised of the Cities of Roanoke and Salem, and Botetourt, Craig, Franklin and Roanoke Counties. The program gives local high school graduates who meet program guidelines the opportunity to attend college tuition free for two years.
“Trane is a global company with district headquarters in Roanoke, and we believe strongly in supporting education in the community and building a highly trained regional workforce. As an early supporter of CCAP, Trane has seen the difference it makes in the lives of young people in this area,” said David Pierson, Trane district manager. “The CCAP Jazz Honor Band Concert allows Trane to continue to support this worthwhile program while creating an exciting opportunity for local music students.
Graduating seniors of participating high schools are eligible to apply for CCAP. Applicants must have attended high school in a participating locality for their junior and senior year, and have been a resident of the same participating locality for their junior and senior year. The entire application, with instructions and checklists for each locality is available at www.virginiawestern.edu/ccap. Students applying to the program are required to apply to Virginia Western, complete the financial aid process, take the Virginia Western placement test, and complete the online CCAP application. The deadline to apply and submit all required documentation is February 28.