KITTERY – The Seacoast Wind Ensemble (SWE) is pleased to announce the 2020 recipients of the Paul M. Erwin Music Scholarship. This year, four scholarships were awarded, totaling $2,000.
Emily L’Heureux, a clarinetist, and resident of Kennebunk, Maine, is a senior at Kennebunk High School. She will study music education in college starting next fall.
Brandon Berube, a trombone player, is a resident of Merrimac, Massachusetts, where he is a senior and attends Pentucket Regional High School in West Newbury. Brandon will study music in college starting next fall.
Jadyn Demers, a bassoonist, and resident of Rochester, N.H. is a junior at Spaulding High School.
Berube’s and Demers’ scholarship funds will help support the purchase of a new instrument.
Justin Livingston, a percussionist, and resident of Plaistow, N.H., is a senior at Timberlane Regional High School. He will study music production and engineering in college starting next fall.
All of the scholarship recipients will join SWE for a summer concert and will be publicly recognized for their outstanding musicianship.
Paul M. Erwin (1966-2014) was a talented composer, arranger, and musician. He premiered over 200 arrangements/original works in his short lifetime. A native of Vermont, a graduate of the University of Southern Maine School of Music, Erwin was a vital part of the New Hampshire Seacoast music community and served as conductor of SWE from 1993-2006. The music scholarship was established in Mr. Erwin’s honor in 2015, is largely supported by the American Legion Auxiliary of Vermont, Crippen-Fellows Unit 50, and is open to high school musicians in the Seacoast region of ME, NH, and MA and in Rutland County, VT. To learn more about the scholarship, visit https://www.seacoastwindensemble.org/scholarship.
SWE, established in 1984, is a 50-piece symphonic band, based in Kittery, Maine. Comprised of musicians from all professional occupations and trades, SWE performs annually throughout New Hampshire, Maine, and northern Massachusetts. Today, SWE performs under the direction of Artistic Director-Conductor, Dr. Mark Stickney.