The Friends of the Wheaton Municipal Band 2017 College Scholarship

General Information

The Friends of the Wheaton Municipal Band (“Friends of the Band, Inc.”) desires to award up to two $750 scholarships to graduating seniors who are planning to study music in college.  Payment will be made directly to recipient’s college or university upon proof of registration.  


  • Applicant must be a current resident of the City of Wheaton, Illinois
  • Applicant must be enrolled in Band and/or Orchestra at the high school level during the 2016-2017 school year.
  • Applicant must graduate from high school in 2017; mid-year graduates during the 20162017 school year are eligible.
  • Applicant must be accepted at a recognized college or university, enrolling in a full-time program.
  • Applicant has chosen to major in music, including but not limited to Music Performance, Music Education, or Music Therapy.
  • Applicant’s primary instrument must be a brass, woodwind, or mallet percussion instrument, and the video recording provided must be a performance on such instrument.
  • Completed Application, Video Recording, Essay, and Letter of Recommendation must be received by 11:59 p.m. June 9, 2017 to

Letter of Recommendation

One letter of recommendation, from the applicant’s high school band or orchestra director, must be sent to  and received by received by 11:59 p.m on June 9, 2017.

Video Recording

Please forward a video recording file, or provide a link to an online video recording, with such recording to include:

  1. Performance on your primary instrument, which must be a woodwind, brass, or mallet percussion instrument.
  2. Solo work of 3 to 7 minutes in length. You may perform unaccompanied, or you may be accompanied by a piano or an ensemble in the recording, but you must be the primary performer.
  3. Video recording must be uncut and unedited.
  4. The video recording must be from the period from June 1, 2016 to June 8, 2017.
  5. If the applicant is chosen to receive a scholarship award, the applicant hereby grants permission for the video recording to be published on the Wheaton Municipal Band’s website and/or other online social media platforms maintained by the Wheaton Municipal Band and/or Friends of the Band, Inc., subject to the Band’s and Friends’ discretion and subject to appropriate permissions of the music composer and publisher. 


Attach your 300 to 500 word essay addressing the topic “Why I have chosen to major in music, and how I plan to enrich lives through music.”


  • Selection will be based on Application Information, Video Recording, Essay, and Letter of Recommendation. 
  • No more than two winners will be chosen.
  • Friends of the Band, Inc. reserves the right to withhold all awards if no applicants are deemed qualified.
  • The decision of the Selection Committee is final.

Disbursement of Funds and Appearance with the Wheaton Municipal Band

  • Winners will be announced on or around June 23, 2017.

  • Winners must be available to be recognized and perform with the Wheaton Municipal Band as a section member (i.e., not as a soloist), in rehearsal on July 19, 2017 and in performance on July 20, 2017.

  • Payment will be issued to winner’s college or university, in the account name of each winner, upon receipt of proof of registration for a music major as described above.

Application Information and Deadline

  • Completed Application (Form, Video Recording and Essay) should be sent to: Friends of the Band, Inc. College Scholarship Committee
  • Please complete the attached application and send it by e-mail along with your essay and video recording or link.
  • All Completed Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. on June 9, 2017.

Application Form

WMB 2017 Scholarship Application (word)

WMB 2017 Scholarship Application Form (pdf)