Space Coast Jazz Society is proud to invest in the future of jazz. Through our scholarship programs, we're nurturing the next generation of jazz talent, providing them with resources to advance their careers.
2024 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINE
March 15th, 2024
We award scholarships to graduating Brevard County high school seniors registered for continuing education each year. Applicants must be interested in furthering their studies in jazz music but do not need to major in music. The scholarship winners will be notified by email and letter and also be contacted to arrange for rehearsals in preparation to PERFORM IN CONCERT ON SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 2024, with a band provided by the Space Coast Jazz Society.
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JON LOUIS PINELA
Viera High School
Titusville High School
JON LOUIS PINELA
Jon plays all saxophones except baritone and oboe. He plans to attend Tallahassee Community College for his fall semester and then transfer to Florida State University in January 2024. His current major is in international affairs, but he plans on changing it to business and finance. He will be practicing as hard as he can to audition and get into the jazz performance and commercial music program at FSU.
In his musical career, he has played in numerous ensembles. It started when he first began taking private lessons from Andrew Cleaver in the seventh grade at DeLaura Middle School. Thanks to those lessons, he was able to get second tenor in the all county jazz band his junior year and then first tenor this year. He also made the all county concert band during his 8th grade and junior year on tenor sax, and then he also got second chair alto sax this year. He was recommended by his band directors and was selected to travel to Tallahassee to take part in the Florida State University Tri-State Band Festival, where he also got first chair tenor sax and even had a classical tenor solo and earned a superior on a grade 5 soprano sax solo his freshmen year, and got an excellent at states.
The next year he was also a part of a saxophone quartet where they earned a superior in both district and at states on a grade 6 as well. Outside of an academic setting, I has also been able to play with some amazing players. He occasionally sit in with The Space Coast Big Band, participated in the Brevard Symphony Youth Orchestra during his freshmen year, and as of last year, has been a part of the Brevard Youth Big Band, where he plays with last year’s two Space Coast Jazz Society scholarship winners, Tyler Dransfield and Alex Kaufman, and where he currently plays lead tenor.
Ethan has been accepted into the Florida State University college of music as a Jazz major and receive a dual degree in Biology, with the intention of attending a medical school after college graduation. These degree paths have been described to him as two of the most intensive paths that a student could choose, with the heavy course load and travel that comes with a music degree and the difficult and rigorous coursework that comes with a biology degree.
During his freshman year of high school, he made his school’s jazz band, being the only freshman in a band of seniors. The lead players in the band had their own jazz combo which they asked him to perform with. They gigged in restaurants and for community events around our city and neighboring cities.
In the summer after his sophomore year, following the lift of COVID-19 guidelines, he attended the Florida State University jazz camp and made first chair piano in their top band and combo, and did the same the following summer. The band was led by Leon Anderson, who was the drummer for Ellis and Wynton Marsalis before he began teaching, and trumpeter Scotty Barnhart, who is the director of the Count Basie Orchestra. During the first summer that he attended the camp, he planned to study under a jazz pianist at the University of Central Florida, but COVID-19 prevented this and he instead studied with a jazz guitarist at UCF who lives in his city. This year, I have been accepted into the Florida State University College of Music as a Jazz Major, competed at State Jazz MPA with my school’s jazz band, and has been asked to join a jazz combo that takes gigs around Central Brevard.