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2013 Rahsaan Roland Kirk Music Scholarship Recipient Announced

Tatum Flemister is the third recipient of the RRK Music Scholarship. The two previous winners are Robert “Rob” Dove (2009), a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina’s Miles Davis Institute and Sivan Silver Schwartz (2011),  who is currently attending Oberlin.

Mr. Flemister is a talented percussionist who also plays piano and trumpet. Tate is a 2013 graduate of the Columbus City Schools Fort Hayes Career Academy.  He will be attending Berklee College of Music in Boston this fall.  His twin goals are to compose jazz and play jazz professionally after graduating.

Ms. Kirk-Howell is the youngest sister of the well-regarded sightless saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist and Columbus native, the late  Rahsaan Roland Kirk.  One of Mr. Kirk’s last stated aspirations was to pass on the art of playing and composing jazz to young people so “America’s classical music,” as he dubbed it, would not be lost to future generations.

The photo was taken in the lobby of The Columbus Foundation. For more information on the Rahsaan Roland Kirk Music Scholarship Fund, contact Ms. Diane Higginbotham of The Columbus Foundationat (614) 251-4000.

Jack Marchbanks grew up in Dayton during the 1970s funk explosion in Southwestern Ohio. Grounded in R&B and rock, Marchbanks came to appreciate jazz much later in life. But, as the saying goes, converts make the most zealous advocates.
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