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Big Bang 2015 kicked off in true New Orleans style, thanks to an appearance at our opening reception by jazz legend Delfeayo Marsalis. In honor of Delfeayo's appearance, we were pleased to launch the first annual Delfeayo Marsalis scholarship. This $1,000 scholarship is provided annually to a student within the network who both exhibits a commitment to community service, as well as an intent to continue pursuing their musical interests post graduation. 
There are two phases of application for this scholarship. In the first phase, students within the Big Picture Learning are asked to complete this a very short Indication of Interest form. Please note that this phase of the application process has already closed for the 2016-2017 school. Those students who have already completed the form will be contacted by Big Picture Learning in early 2017, at which point they will be asked to
  • Submit a letter of endorsement, ideally from an advisor or mentor; and
  • Record and upload one musical piece to YouTube or Vimeo.
Delfeayo Marsalis is one of the top trombonists, composers, and producers in jazz today. Known for his "technical excellence, inventive mind, and frequent touches of humor..." (Leonard Feather, Los Angeles Times), he is "one of the best, most imaginative and musical trombonists of his generation" (Philip Elwood, San Francisco Examiner). In January 2011, Delfeayo and the Marsalis family (father Ellis and brothers Branford, Wynton and Jason) earned the nation's highest jazz honor - a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award. Read Delfeayo's full bio here
We congratulate our first annual recipient of this award - Julian Doehring, recent graduate of Innovations High School in Reno, Nevada. Delfeayo Marsalis himself also offers his congratulations, both to Julian as well as fellow finalist, Kevin Camacho of The Met.