In photo:Ryan Long, a student at Marshwood High School in South Berwick, Maine, is the 2017 winner of the Seacoast Jazz Societyís Summer Youth Music School Scholarship. [Photo/Courtesy]
June 27, 2017
PORTSMOUTH — The Seacoast Jazz Society has made its annual scholarship award to the Summer Youth Music School (SYMS) at the University of New Hampshire, and this year’s winner is 17-year-old Ryan Long, soon to be a senior at Marshwood High School in South Berwick, Maine.
Each year, the Seacoast Jazz Society solicits nominations from Seacoast area music teachers and band directors to help select a deserving young music student with an interest in jazz for its scholarship award. Young Ryan Long, a trumpeter, was put forward by his band director, David Graichen, who describes Ryan as “an outstanding musician and leader among his peers,” adding “he has a positive attitude and is a diligent worker. He absolutely loves everything having anything to do with jazz.”
Ryan has been playing trumpet since fourth grade and is now a student of John Cardin. At Marshwood High School, he plays in the marching band, concert band, jazz band, wind ensemble, brass quintet and the pit band. He has also been a member of the school’s winter percussion group. Among his other honors: He has been selected for the District One Music Festival and the All-New England Band Festival at Plymouth State two years in a row.
At SYMS, Ryan will participate in a program that is now 70 years old, one that provides opportunities for students to share their passion for music with other talented musicians in a supportive and engaging environment, studying with outstanding teachers and freelance artists from around the country. The camp meets on the campus of the University of New Hampshire in Durham.
The Seacoast Jazz Society is a non-profit organization, formed in 1990 with an objective of supporting jazz on the New England Seacoast, roughly from Newburyport, Mass., to Kennebunkport, Maine. Its mission is to promote an understanding of and enthusiasm for jazz, providing opportunities for listeners, students, and performers to hear jazz and to learn about the art form and its history. The organization’s annual SYMS Scholarship Award is one of a number of initiatives and programs offered in support of this mission.
More information about the Seacoast Jazz Society is available at www.seacoastjazz.org.