Jazz Association of Macon honors young musicians with scholarships

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Jazz Association of Macon (JAM) is honoring two hardworking Middle Georgia high school students.

Both Ruchardo Belcher, Jr, and Preston Raburn both receive a $1,000 Young Jazz Musician Scholarship for music education. The scholarships are a tradition more than two decades old.

Belcher is a senior at Westside High School in Macon. He plays piano and organ. He was recommended by Joseph Martin, band director at Westside High and Dr. Ponchitta Young of Agape Family Life Center. He plans to attend Kennesaw State University this Fall.

Raburn is a senior at Georgia Military College Prep School in Milledgeville who plays saxophone and bass guitar. He was recommended by Dr. Andrew Allen, assistant professor at Georgia College, and Maj. Charles Harbor, director of middle school bands at GMC. He plans to attend Georgia College and State University in the Fall.

Formed in 1986, the Jazz Association of Macon (JAM) is an all-volunteer membership group with a mission to promote jazz education and enjoyment.

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