Edmonds Daybreakers Rotary supports music programs in the Edmonds School District

L-R: Edmonds Daybreakers President Jamie Buchmiller, Scott Barnes of the Edmonds School District, Daybreakers President-Elect Valerie Claypool and Jazz Connection Chair George Smith. (Photo courtesy Rotary Club of Edmonds Daybreakers)

The Rotary Club of Edmonds Daybreakers recently presented a $9,500 check to the Edmonds School District that will fund enrichment opportunities for school district musicians.

For more than 20 years, the Edmonds Daybreakers have partnered with the Edmonds School District to produce the Edmonds Jazz Connection, featuring student musicians from the district and surrounding communities. In addition, the Daybreakers club provides funds for music programs.

The check was presented to Scott Barnes, the district’s manager visual and performing arts, during the club’s June 18 meeting.

“We love partnering with the Edmonds Daybreaker Rotary Club each year on the Jazz Connection, which is an annual celebration of our students and the vibrancy of our community,” Barnes said. “This generous donation will provide ongoing enrichment opportunities for all of the musicians throughout next school year. Teachers will be able to bring in guest artists and provide advanced workshops for students, which will positively impact hundreds of young musicians in the Edmonds School District.

“We are truly grateful for the continued support of the Rotary, exemplifying their commitment to service,” Barnes added.

The public is invited to attend Edmonds Daybreakers Rotary Club meetings, held at 7:30 a.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at the Edmonds Waterfront Center, 220 Railroad Ave.

  1. Wow. Wow! This is such a wonderful act of generosity and kindness. A testimony to the importance of a well-rounded education.

    I fondly remember our high school vocal jazz group with one heck of a teacher (and character!) Frank Liberio (1981, Shoreline HS).

    Frank was an officianato. He tickled the keys with Fred Radke and his wife Gina Funnis (sp?) at the Olympic Hotel in downtown Seattle. He had also played with back-in-the-day great bands before settling down in the northwest here.

    I sat in as a jazz singer at The Scarlett Tree, the Sorrento Hotel, and the Edgewater Inn. Long, long ago. (I still have my own fake book Frank compiled for me! 70 standards, all in my own keys. Haven’t dusted off this book in ages!)

    What a treasure these memories are for me. I do hope the younger folks will have as much fun, friendship, comraderie, and wholesome competition as we did in our Vocal Jazz experiences.

    Thank you all, so much, from the bottom of my heart for keeping the jazz tradition alive and well.

    Be well.

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