Scottsdale, AZ (Top40 Charts/ Scottsdale Community College)
Scottsdale Community College is pleased to announce the very first recipient of the George
Benson Honorary Scholarship, Chelsey Minkler. Minkler will be presented with the 2012 Inaugural George
Benson Honorary Scholarship by the famed jazz musician himself, Mr. George
Benson, at the SCC Jazz Showcase, Wednesday, December 7 at 7:30pm, at the SCC Performing Arts Center, 9000 E. Chaparral Rd., Scottsdale.
SCC's Jazz Band and Jazz Orchestra are schedule to perform during the Jazz Showcase, and Mr. Benson is schedule to present the inaugural scholarship to Ms. Minkler. Mr. Benson is not scheduled to perform at the Jazz Showcase.
Tickets for the Jazz Showcase are $7 for general admission and $5 for senior citizens, staff, students and children, and will be sold at the door the night of the event. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the SCC Music
Department Scholarship Fund.
After successful fundraising efforts last year by SCC's Music
Advisory Committee, the group decided to award a scholarship every year to an outstanding SCC music student. Mr. George
Benson was selected as the namesake of the new scholarship because of his remarkable contributions to music. Music
instructor Rob Wegner and Music
Department Chair, Dr. Christina
Novak, reached out to Mr. Benson, who agreed to be the namesake of this important award.
Info: For more information call (480) 423-6328
Canned goods are also being collected during the concert to benefit Vista del Camino Community Center. Guests are invited to bring a canned food item to the concert to help feed the hungry in our community.
About Chelsey Minkler:
Chelsey Minkler was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. Minkler is currently in her second year at Scottsdale Community College and plans to major in both Music
Education and Vocal Performance. Minkler has been involved in numerous Music
performances, including SCC's Musical Theatre productions, Concert Choir and Jazz Choir. She also works as a music tutor for the college. After SCC, she plans to go to an in-state university.
Benson's career spans five decades. He has released more than 30 recordings and garnered ten Grammy Awards. Mr. Benson has used his jazz roots as the foundation for an engaging mix of pop, R&B and other shades that add up to a style that appeals to a broad mainstream audience. Along the way, he has also established himself as a formidable jazz singer - one whose biggest career hits have showcased his memorable vocals as well as his guitar expertise.
Known for such hits as "The Masquerade" and "Give Me the Night," both from the 1976 blockbuster album, Breezin' -- the first jazz record to achieve platinum sales. Benson has continued to create a legacy in the jazz world with his musical talents through the years. His newest album, Guitar Man, was just released this October.
About Scottsdale Community College
Scottsdale Community College is one of the ten regionally accredited Maricopa Community Colleges. SCC's mission is to improve the quality of life in the surrounding communities by providing challenging, supportive, and distinctive learning experiences. As the only community college in the nation to reside on Native American land through a partnership with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, SCC offers students a pristine, natural setting with expansive mountain views and native plant and wildlife.