SCC ANNUAL MUSIC SHOWCASE: FEATURING TOP STUDENT MUSICIANS, GEORGE BENSON HONORARY SCHOLARSHIP WINNER
Thursday, February 13th / Free Admission
When the Scottsdale Community College Music Department presents its annual Music Showcase Thursday, Feb. 13 at the school's Performing Arts Center, it will mark the first year that the department has put three signature events into a single evening of entertainment.
The result promises to be a festive and enjoyable evening with celebrity style and a dash of fundraising aimed at scholarships for talented SCC music students. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. The three signature events are the George Benson Honorary Scholarship presented by the legendary jazz guitarist and singer, musical performances from Music Department students and faculty, and a silent auction with proceeds going to scholarships for SCC students.
This year's visit by Mr. Benson marks the third year he's been on campus to present the scholarship named in his honor. This year's recipient is SCC student Noah Simpson, who plays the trumpet. He was chosen by a faculty committee and will receive a $1,500 scholarship to be used during his last semester at SCC. Simpson also will be one of the student performers during the showcase. “The performances from students and faculty promise to be diverse,” said Eric Rasmussen, the school's director of instrumental music. "It will show off the entire Music Department," he said. "We will have jazz, vocals, DJs, rappers, and instrumentalists."
Prior to the performances, a silent auction of donated items will be staged in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center. Donated items include a Fender Starcaster Guitar and GB Hot Rod Deluxe Amplifier, a two-night stay at the Embassy Suites Phoenix Biltmore Hotel, Zolton's Salon Package, two 2013-2014 Classics Series Vouchers to the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, and passes to the Phoenix Zoo. All proceeds will go to student scholarships. Performing Arts Center, Scottsdale Community College, 9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale AZ 85256.