Music for a winter day brings cheer and scholarships

By Katherine Svenkeson
December 5, 2016 - 12:00pm

On Dec. 4 the Dekker Centre was filled with trumpets, flutes, clarinets and the holiday spirit as the North Battleford City Kinsmen Band performed its winter concert.

The show was appropriately named Music for a Winter Day, and featured songs like Sleigh Ride, Cowboy Christmas and a holiday sing-along, where the audience was encouraged to belt out iconic Christmas carols.

A few songs into the show, head of the band David Dekker stepped up to announce the band would be offering a $1,000 scholarship to a student pursuing further education in music.

The scholarship was named for longtime band member Wayne Jenner, who just left the band the year before. Jenner was sitting in the audience that night.

It was “just wonderful. It’s a real honour,” Jenner said. “I’m really grateful for that. That’s a great thing for future students and hopefully it will draw students into the band program. It will be good for everyone.”

Jenner joined the band in 1944 and had a long involvement with music in the Battlefords his whole life.

The first Wayne Jenner Scholarship will be presented to a music student in December 2017.


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