Scholarship Fund

Percussion Scholar at Community Event & Trumpet Scholar with Necklace from Trombone Shorty

The Green Mountain Swing Scholarship Fund was established in 2008 to benefit the education and enthusiasm of young musicians.  This is accomplished mainly through awards made to individual students from schools in the greater Central Vermont area.  Students are nominated by middle and high school music teachers.  Scholarships are also awarded to students in the Green Mountain Youth Symphony. 

GMS Supports the Green Mountain Youth Symphony and Individual Musicians

Most awards are for private lessons, but a few are for workshops, summer camps, and travel to cultural events and centers.  Some schools get funds for establishing or supporting special ensembles and workshops.

We feel that in addition to helping students become better musicians, these awards also strengthen music programs in the schools and provide support for the great private music teachers who are helping our youth.  We are continuously impressed by the quality and devotion of the students, school music teachers, and the private instructors.

Saxophone Workshop with Middle School Students Led by GMS Music Director
Liz Fitzgerald

The Fund has grown over the years, recently doubling to about $12,000 annually. Funding sources include net proceeds from performance and dance gigs, benefit concerts, donations, and grants.  

Shep Resnik
Inspiration for the
Scholarship Fund

The Fund was originally established to honor Shep Resnik, who was for many years the Green Mountain Swing music director. Shep was a longtime advocate of music education. It also honors two GMS Co-Founders, Bill Steinhurst and Newell Freer, and a beloved drummer, Pete Guthmann.

GMS Co-Founders
Bill Steinhurst, tenor sax (left)
Newell Freer, baritone sax

Green Mountain Swing is an all-volunteer band.  All of our net revenues from gigs and all proceeds from our annual benefit dance support the Scholarship Fund.  We also raise funds from donations by individuals and organizations inspired by our mission.  The Green Mountain Swing Scholarship Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  All donations are tax deductible.

Scholar on Trumpet
GMS Benefit Dance – 2014
Pete Guthmann on drums

If you have questions about the Scholarship Fund or would like to make a contribution, please contact:

Matt Van Wagner
Administrator, GMS Scholarship Fund
27 Birch Street
South Burlington, VT 05402

Or you can mail:

Fred Abraham, trumpet, Co-Founder, GMS Scholarship Fund