It was 3:00 in the afternoon on Tuesday, August 10th, and as I walked in the back of the Berklee Performance Center I could feel the heightened excitement in the room. Berklee City Music 5 week students were rehearsing and sound checking for the big Scholarship Concert that night. Nervous anticipation abounded, and there was great excitement for that evening’s festivities.
Berklee scholarships were to be awarded to the seniors, and no one knew how many or to whom they were going.
I sat down in the audience later, armed with my camera, and wondering how these students were going to perform under the pressure of such a large audience and the looming scholarship announcements. I was amazed at the high level of musicianship and professionalism displayed by these students.
In the end 14 Berklee Scholarships were awarded to 14 remarkable young people. We all look forward to see them grow and realize their full potential.
J. Curtis Warner Jr. accepting the "Heroes Among Us" Award from the Boston Celtics
On the night of Wednesday March 10th, Berklee City Music showed up at the TD Banknorth Garden to take home a W!
At half time, the Boston Celtics honored Berklee’s own Associate Vice President for Education Outreach J. Curtis Warner Jr. with the Heroes Among us Award.
Established as an initiative of the Boston Celtics in 1997, Heroes Among Us honors individuals who have made an overwhelming impact on the lives of others.
Curtis received this award in recognition of his groundbreaking work establishing the Berklee City Music Network, Berklee’s Education Outreach initiative:
Berklee City Music is a nonprofit education program that harnesses the energy of contemporary music to reach underserved 4th to 12th graders all across the country. Students dedicate themselves to building their musical talent, their self-confidence and, in the long run, the strength of their community.
In addition, the Boston Celtics’ Shamrock Foundation gave a generous gift to Berklee City Music Programs. Both Curtis and Berklee City Music Director, Dr. Krystal Banfield, accepted the gift at half time.