FJM and Jim Ott Scholarships to Help Crown Members with School Tuition
While the Crown Drum Corps took home the Bronze Medal and three caption awards at last weekend's Drum Corps International Championships in Indianapolis, two individual members were also recognized. Baritone player, Alex Arbeiter, was awarded the prestigious Jim Ott Scholarship while snare drummer, Phil Andrews, won the Fred J. Miller Memorial Music Education Scholarship.
This Jim Ott Scholarship is a national award offered by the Sponsors of Musical Enrichment to members of the Drum & Bugle Corps activity. It is in the amount of $3,000 and is named after Jim Ott who was a nationally known brass arranger for several different Drum & Bugle Corps including the Stockton Commodores, Concord Blue Devils, and Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps. It is presented each year at the Drum Corps International Championships.
Alex Arbeiter learned he had won this award on Thursday night of finals week, after coming off the field from Crown's Prelims performance. Alex is a student at Florida State University.
The Fred J. Miller Scholarship is the second award Phil Andrews has earned in two years. Last year, while a member of The 7th Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps, Phil won the Jim Ott Scholarship. Phil learned about winning the FJM scholarship on Friday night after Crown's Semi-Finals performance and was honored on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium, receiving the award from Mrs. Marlene Miller. Phil is a first year snare drummer for Carolina Crown and a student at Connecticut State University.
Fred J. Miller was a man of insight and action. In predicting the new and innovative, he always said that his legacy would be “creating the future.” Today, the Fred J. Miller Music Education Fund salutes his vision with tomorrow’s finest young minds preparing to carry the torch forward. The scholarship is awarded to a music education major who is a marching member of a DCI corps.