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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. In the second phase, those students who have already completed Indication of Interest will be contacted by Big Picture Learning on a later date, 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.
Stay tuned for news about the 2018 Delfeayo Marsalis Scholarship application process.
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 second annual recipient of this award - Sadie Meals, recent graduate of Innovations High School in Reno, Nevada. Sadie joins fellow Innovations High School graduate Julian Doehring as the only two recipients of this award thus far! As part of the annual scholarship competition, Sadie -- a blues/jazz vocalist -- performed an original composition -- "The Wolf of Wall Street", which you can listen to below!