Congratulations to Harrison High School senior Noah Mattison who has been awarded the Justin Veatch Scholarship.
Awarded to six area seniors, the Justin Veatch Scholarship provides $1,000 scholarships to talented musicians in the area who plan to continue studying music at the collegiate level. The Veatch Fund was established in 2008 after the death of Mr. Veatch.
Noah, an extremely talented jazz trumpet player, has been the winner of the Essentially Ellington Regional Festival Best soloist award for the past three years. In addition to playing with the Harrison High School Band and at events such as Jazz Night and small ensemble groups, Noah has also been a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Combo Band. At this year’s Essentially Ellington Competition he was also named Outstanding Lead Player for Lincoln Center and the Lincoln Center group won the overall competition.
This past April, Noah was selected to play with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra at the two-week Savannah Music Festival and participated in the Swing Central Jazz event. Swing Central Jazz is a three-day workshop and competition with a collective approach to big band jazz instruction. Led by pianist/composer/educator Marcus Roberts, the clinician team includes a wide range of jazz educators such as Jason Marsalis, Jim Ketch (Associate Director), Rodney Whitaker and Brianna Thomas.
As a member of the Lincoln Center youth program, Noah has also toured with mentors like Kenny Rampton and the legendary Wynton Marsalis. Noah plans to continue his music education this fall at Purchase College.
Justin Veatch, who graduated from Yorktown High School, was a talented musician and singer/songwriter whose original recordings along with covers were released by Polyvinyl Records in 2010 and the music has been streamed in more than 30 countries, according to an article announcing this year’s scholarship winners in the North Salem NY News. The documentary film, “Whispering Spirits” tells the story of Justin’s death and how the Veatch family has dealt with the loss. The multimedia talk, “A Message from Justin”, delivered by Jeffrey Veatch, is designed to inspire young people to take better care of themselves, to avoid the perils of substance abuse, and watch out for their friends.