When the Ahwatukee Foothills Concert Band takes the stage at the Ahwatukee Recreation Center on Thursday, June 28, it will have been almost one year to the day that their founder, Crawford McClue, passed away.
McClue, who died on July 10, 2011 at the age of 100, will have his legacy remembered by current band members who knew him as well as young musicians who will benefit from a scholarship named after him.
The Ahwatukee Foothills Concert Band’s board of directors selected three students from Kyrene Middle School and two from Mountain Pointe High School to receive $300 that they can use for things like new instruments or music lessons in honor of McClue. The students had to submit an application as well as two letters of recommendation from non family members.
“The spirit of what Crawford McClue created with the AFCBand 20 years ago is still very much alive and well in all that we do,” Brendan Anderson, music director for Ahwatukee Foothills Concert Band, said in an email. “He was a very special individual.”
The students will have the opportunity to play with the band for one section of the concert.
They work with the two schools over the course of the year to put on joint concerts in the spring.
At the Summer Celebration on Thursday, the band will play a variety of music, including jazz and Broadway hits, and will also feature American classics in advance of Independence Day. The concert is open to the public and begins at 7:30 p.m. at the ARC, 5001 E. Cheyenne Drive.
“All in all it makes for a very special and meaningful evening full of the spirit of what it means to be a community band — entertaining with music, encouraging the next generation of music-makers, and honoring those from the community who serve our nation,” Anderson said.
To find out more, visit the band’s website, www.afcband.org.
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