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This summer, three young local musicians from our 2016/2017 Tipitina’s Internship Program (TIP) were awarded Berklee School of Music Summer Scholarships. They joined the ranks of such prestigious alumni as Meghan Trainor, John Mayer, Lisa Loeb and TIP 2003 alumni Jon Batiste, who leads the house band, Stay Human, on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Pianist Masha Davey, a NOCCA student, told us a little about her time there: “The most valuable experience at the Berklee Five-Week Program was the opportunity to perform in many diverse ensembles. I was in five different ensembles that ranged all the way from playing funk to jazz and to hard-rock. Through these different ensembles, not only was I able to hone my craft but I was able to network with musicians that came from all around the world. I learned how to work with other musicians cohesively and yet grow my own individual sound.”
Towards the end of the camp, Masha performed with the Rock All-Stars in the Instrumental Showcase at the Berklee Performance Center. “This was the last performance so everyone in the program was there! The ensemble performed a medley of classic rock tunes and “Frankenstein” by Edgar White in front of a crowd of 1,000 people (this was my first time performing rock). During “Frankenstein” I performed a solo and the audience’s reaction was amazing! I had them in the palm of my hand! I will never forget that moment because it was one in which everything was perfect: my band mates were killing it onstage and the audience was feeding back the energy to us!”
Trumpeter Cameron Clark and bassist Dermell Lewis also attended the five-week camp on scholarship. With contributions from many generous donors, Tipitina’s Foundation was honored to cover room, board and travel for all three students. If you would like to help defray costs for our 2017/2018 group of Berklee Summer Scholarship recipients, please contact us at (504) 309-7934, email@example.com or donate securely online.