The first set of scholarships (the Avanti Fund Music Education Scholarship), is offered nationally to aid students who are pursuing undergraduate degrees in music education. "We have received so many impressive applications in the past few years from woodwind, brass, percussion and string players. Once again, we are looking to recognize those students who have shown to be invaluable to their own music program, while excelling at their course work and instrument performance skills," says Amy Pribulick, Director of Marketing for Flutes at Conn-Selmer. The second set, known as the Avanti Fund Conn-Selmer Employee Scholarships, are offered to family members of Conn-Selmer's Elkhart employees.
Says Mr. Brannen, "The purpose of these scholarships is very simple. It is a way of thanking the Conn-Selmer staff and our customers for all they have done to make Conn-Selmer the national leader in band instrument manufacturing. The commitment of the Avanti production team has now been matched by the commitment of Conn-Selmer's corporate team in financing the Avanti Fund Scholarships."
Conn-Selmer, under a portfolio of brands, is the leading manufacturer and distributor of musical instruments for student, amateur, and professional use. With a tradition of innovation, and superior musical performance, brands such as Vincent Bach, CG Conn, King, Holton, Selmer, Armstrong, Leblanc, Ludwig, Musser, Scherl & Roth, Glaesel, and William Lewis have earned a legacy of respect unparalleled by any other builders. Conn-Selmer is also the North American distributor of Selmer Paris woodwinds, the US distributor of Yanagisawa saxophones, and the global distributor of the Jiggs pBone (the world's only plastic trombone). With a focus on quality craftsmanship, Conn-Selmer operates US production facilities in Elkhart, IN, Cleveland, OH, Eastlake, OH, Lagrange, IL, and Monroe, NC. Through its educational outreach team, led by Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, Conn-Selmer is the industry leader in providing support and advocacy tools specifically tailored to music education. For more information on the complete line of instruments, services, and support available from Conn-Selmer, visit www.conn-selmer.com.