In both 2018 and 2019, one Blue Jay Jazz Festival concert began with a thrilling performance by the Rim of the World High School Marching Band, which included one or more recipients of Foundation Scholarships – and some instruments loaned through the Foundation 'Adopt an Instrument' program.

EDUCATION

A sound future

Music education programs and scholarship support are helping community youth learn music as they help secure a strong future for jazz.

The Blue Jay Jazz Foundation education programs provide annual jazz education scholarships, awards, instruments and live performance opportunities for students and other young people in the San Bernardino Mountain communities. The Blue Jay Jazz programs encourage parents and guardians to support their children's growth and understanding of new and different forms of music while sharing quality time together.

Launched at the first year of the Blue Jay Jazz Foundation as a non-profit educational institution in 2007, Future Generation Jazz has been awarding scholarships, grants and music internships to help aspiring ‘young jazz lions’ develop imaginative thinking, creativity, curiosity, a positive self image, and a respect for their and others' cultural heritage.

Future Generation Jazz Youth Initiative is made possible through private and business sponsorship support, public donations and foundation grants fro organizations across the region.

The Foundation encourages visiting artists to give master classes and clinics to collegiate and high school music students. On Thursday, August 22, 2019, the day before his quartet performs at the 19th Annual Blue Jay Jazz Festival, saxophonist Eric Marienthal will hold an afternoon Master Class at Rim of the World High School. He will work with Rim music students, students from MPH Middle School and members of the CSUSB Jazz Ensemble with whom he will sit in briefly that evening.

Previous participants in this program include multiple Grammy and Emmy Award winning guitarist, Kenny Burrell, the elder statesman of Latin-jazz, El Conguero! Poncho Sanchez, all female big band Maiden Voyage with educator and saxophonist Ann Patterson and L.A. session trumpeter Ron Stout.

At the Rotary Club's Scholarshiip Awards Ceremony, Blue Jay Jazz Foundation Board Members Dr. Hugh Bialecki and Chris Levister (left), and Rotary's Jack Winston (right), congratulate winners Joshua Mainez, Madeline Zweber, and Gavin Harris (center)

The Blue Jay Jazz Foundation’s annual ‘Adopt An Instrument Day is a fantastic way for students from RIM Unified and throughout our mountain community to take their first step into the world of music. The program connects young people with a musical instrument they desire, thanks to a generous instrument donor who no longer needs it!

Open to students/parents within the RIM Unified School District, our “Adopt An Instrument Day” is designed to help get worthy instruments into worthy hands. Thanks to our mountain community, we have logged many donated instruments, from guitars and basses, to drums, trumpets, saxophones and yes, even a xylophone! clarinets, flutes, you name it, they will all be available for loan to attending aspiring musicians!

To donate your unused instrument so a local student can pursue his or her musical dream, send an email to info@bluejayjazzfoundation.org

In recent years, school music programs have been gutted by budget cuts. The result? Many of our schools can’t provide instruments to their music students. A study at the University of Kansas revealed that students with superior music education programs scored around 22 percent higher in English and 20 percent higher in math scores on standardized tests. Our students deserve to expand their potential for creativity, discipline, and academic achievement.

In spite of the challenges, our music programs are finding ways to thrive. Interest is at an all-time high, but acquiring instruments and sheet music for all the interested students has become very difficult. Please help us!

Local students and their parents look over and try out instruments at the 2018 'Adopt an Instrument' Day, held in Dr. Bialecki's Arrowhead Dental Arts office.