The Sally Wagner Foundation awards an annual scholarship for an exceptional band member who participated in the band program for all four years, provided outstanding contributions to the program, and intends to pursue a four-year degree.  Preference will be given to candidates who are pursuing an education-related degree and/or professional ambitions that will use what the candidate learned in the music program to give back to the community. 

Meet Last Year's Awardees

Avinash Singh, or preferably just “Avi”, expresses a strong interest in playing the trombone and learning music theory. He first experienced the joys of music performance in the 4th grade at Berwyn Heights Elementary School. Avi began his musical journey on the trombone with Ms. Darelynn Fung and continued at Samuel Ogle Middle School under the direction of Ms. Erin Morrison. Participating in the Science & Technology magnet program at Eleanor Roosevelt High School, he had the privilege of performing under Ms. Sally Wagner, starting in Concert Band and practicing diligently to reach the goal of playing with their Wind Ensemble. Avi also enjoyed performing with ERHS’s Jazz Band, Pep Band, and Full Orchestra. Avi will attend college at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County this fall to major in Computer Engineering and will pursue a minor in Mathematics. He is intent on joining another performing group such as a community band or UMBC’s Symphony Orchestra as well as taking music composition classes. Avi also has a desire to give back to the community that has given him such a wonderful experience and will continue to help the ERHS band community in any way he can.

Phillip McWithey started playing trombone in the fourth grade at Bond Mill Elementary with Mr. Patrick Fitzgerald. He took piano lessons with Lisa Bussing from 2nd grade until 8th grade. He continued at Forcey Christian School where he played under director Alice Hess.  At Eleanor Roosevelt High School, he performed in the Wind Ensemble, as well as with the Jazz Band, Dixieland Combo and the Pep Band.  Phillip will be attending the University of Maryland College Park studying Finance. Phillip hopes to continue playing the trombone at the University of Maryland, and it is his wish to continue to be active in music as an adult. Due to his excellent experience with band and music at Eleanor Roosevelt High School Phillip intends on joining a community band, and passing on his passion to his children. He will continue to sing in a choir, and possibly even take on a leadership role in a music program. He would like to thank the Eleanor Roosevelt band program for fostering in him such a strong love for music, as well as the Sally Wagner Foundation for awarding him this honorable scholarship.

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