SCF, Manatee-Sarasota Music Students Bring Home Honors

(Bradenton, Fla., Feb. 2, 2017) — Zach McKee, a classical saxophone student at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF), brought home a $2,000 scholarship for taking first place last week at the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) scholarship awards competition. He took top honors in the woodwinds category. Kevin Conk, who studies flute at SCF, earned an honorable mention also in the woodwinds category.

McKee, a sophomore, has been playing saxophone for eight years and has been training classically for the past four years. He plays in the Jazz Ensemble and Symphonic Band at SCF and recently was chosen to be in the Small College Intercollegiate Wind Ensemble. McKee, who studies under SCF jazz director Pete Carney, plans to audition at Florida State University, the University of South Florida and the University of Florida to pursue a degree in music education.

Conk, a sophomore, is a flute performance major. He has been studying music since he was 11. After graduating from North Marion High School in 2014, he came to SCF to study under Jane Hoffman and performs in the SCF Symphonic Band and Orchestra.  He is vice president of the music educators club and has played in many ensembles, including the SCF Bradenton Symphony Orchestra and the Sarasota Pops. He hopes to transfer to the University of Iowa to study to become a flute maker.

The SCF Music Program chose 36 students to participate at the symposium in vocal and instrumental ensembles conducted by Jacksonville University professors. Students from state colleges took part in the symposium, which is held annually at a Florida university. In addition to McKee and Conk, nine students competed. Accompanying the students were music faculty members Robyn Bell, Don Bryn, Carney, Melodie Dickerson and Rex Willis.

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Zach McKee            Kevin Conk


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