Following auditions, eight Claremore High School seniors have been offered five-year scholarships for their respected university’s music program.
Similar to college athletes, band and choir scholarships are given to students every year. At contests, college band directors are often judges who watch, listen and take notes on which high schools have the best band, and students who have earned chairs in honor bands, said CHS Band Booster Membership Coordinator Debbie Gunkel.
“All universities require that scholarship students take private lessons and perform a solo in recital every semester,” she said. “This ensures that students continue to grow as musicians, which in turn helps the university.”
Claremore seniors Nick Gunkel and Danielle Reynolds were All-State Orchestra members who have received scholarships, paying their tuition costs for five years. Gunkel will be playing trombone, baritone and tuba at UCO in Edmond and Reynolds will attend OU in the fall and will play the french horn, mellophone and trumpet.
Senior Alexis Goad is the first percussionist from Claremore to make the drumline at a NCAA Division I school, said Gunkel.
Goad will attend OSU in the fall.
Senior Sydney Hines was awarded full tuition to SWOSU for band and choir, as she will be in Color guard, pep band and choir.
Senior Calvin Sweeney will attend OU and play trumpet. Dylan Rumsey will also attend OU for trombone.
Hannah Helbig will attend OBU for harp and flute and Kayla Long will attend NSU for clarinet.
Gunkel said music scholarships can be “stacked” with academics, which can also cover all tuition costs.
“This community should be very proud,” she said. “Next football season when you see the OU and OSU marching bands on TV, know that former Claremore students are on that field.”