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Leston awarded Palmer scholarship

Published: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Anna Leston of DeKalb is the 2013 award recipient of the Palmer Family Music Education Scholarship. Leston was honored with a $2,000 scholarship at the June 11 DeKalb Municipal Band Concert at Hopkins Park in DeKalb. 

Dee Palmer, director of the DeKalb Municipal Band since 1948, passed away in November 2011 at the age of 97. Palmer and his family have contributed to the musical pleasure of thousands of people in DeKalb County for more than 160 years. The scholarship was set up in 2009 to honor this local music legacy.

“This year’s 10 scholarship applicants were exceptional,” Anita Zurbrugg, program director at the DeKalb County Community Foundation, said in a news release. She said that while it is uniquely inspiring for the Scholarship Selection Committee to witness the impressive breadth and depth of talent around DeKalb County, it makes selecting the recipient that much more difficult.

Leston, who was homeschooled by her parents, plans to go on to study piano pedagogy at Wheaton College.

The scholarship was selected by a committee composed of individuals from various musical backgrounds and representing communities throughout DeKalb County, under the direction of the DeKalb County Community Foundation.

“This investment in support of music education will benefit DeKalb County for generations,” Bob Donaldson, chairman of the Scholarship Selection Committee and longtime manager of the DeKalb Municipal Band, said in the release. “We’d like to grow this scholarship to help our community’s young musicians as much as we can.”

For more information about donating to the music scholarship or the scholarship application, contact Becky Zantout at 815-748-5383 or becky@dekalbccf.org.

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