Ron Waters Scholarship
Jazz trumpeter, composer, and arranger Ron Waters has been in the forefront of the Central Pennsylvania jazz scene since the 1950’s. After graduating from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Waters joined the Army and served as dance band director of the 427th Army Band in Europe. After returning from Europe, he led his own quintet and worked with Marge and the Majors.
Mr. Waters has organized and conducted the Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz Youth Band since 1983. He is a member of the Friends of Jazz Hall of Fame and has been a wonderful mentor to hundreds of aspiring jazz musicians.
We award a scholarship to one graduating member of our Youth Band each year. The scholarship fund also supports the Central Pennsylvania Jazz Camp, held every June at Messiah College.
Each year, we host the Ron Waters Scholarship Party to raise money for the scholarship. The Party features performances by the Friends of Jazz Youth Band, Youth Band Alumni, and friends of Mr. Waters.
Interested in support the Ron Waters Scholarship Fund? Learn more on our donate page.
Meet Connor Coyle, the 2020 recipient of the Ron Waters Scholarship.
Hear from past scholarship recipients...
"I clearly remember my first rehearsal with the youth band: students of extreme variation in age, three bassists, a violinist, a sea of saxophones, a few trumpets, and an almost rhythm section. No matter the collection of instruments, Ron always makes sure to have a part specifically tailored to the needs of each player.
Ronnie has been a guide for generations of this city’s young musicians."
-Jonathan Ragonese '07
Composer/saxophonist, faculty at West Chester University
"The CPFJ Youth Band was instrumental in growing my talents and abilities. Under Ron's tutelage I was able to learn about the history and traditions of jazz music and develop skills in improvisation, arranging and band leadership. Being in the youth band allowed me to perform in places all over the area and I am truly grateful for my experience. I wouldn't be where I am today without Ron."
-Andrew Loose '12
Director of Bands, Riviera Preparatory School
Freelance trumpeter/composer (Miami, FL)
"My time in the youth band was so precious! It's because of all of the wonderful performances I watched and took part in that I felt so confident stepping into a post-secondary degree in music education, and eventually beginning my career. Ron's mentorship was invaluable to my experience as a musician and current mentor to students. I can't thank him enough for all of the guidance he gave me!"
-Annie Griggs '15
Director of Bands, Landstown Middle School
Virginia Beach, VA