PA Jazz Collective

Awards – 2015

2015 Awards & Scholarships

Artist of the Year (by board vote): Gary Rissmiller – Drums

Artists of the Year are awarded annual Lifetime Membership.

Hosted By: the Moravian College, April 29, 2015

Annual Awards

November Series Support: The Book Store Speakeasy — Jim Richie
High School Jazz Program: Easton HS — Carol Lutte, Director
Venue — Jazz Presentation: Hotel Bethlehem
Lifetime Achievement: Dave Roper

PA Jazz Idol II


First Place $300 Prize Nazareth Music Company
Second Place $200 Prize Pest Pro
Third Place $100 Prize The Cafe & Zeiner Piano

Jazz Combo Winners

(By audience vote)

First Place $300 Prize Easton Area High School Jazz Combo
Second Place $200 Prize Dane Becker and the Chameleons
Third Place $100 Prize LV Charter Arts Jazz Combo

Student Soloist Awards

(As determined by the judges — solo award winners receive a trophy):

Best Brass Soloist: Peter Petrack, Moravian College
Best Reed Soloist: Braden Smith, New School, NYC
Best Rhythm Soloist: Ron Bogart, Moravian College
Best Overall Soloist: Jack Gruber, New School, NYC


The Pennsylvania Jazz Collective established its initial scholarship account with the funds collected through CD sales
donated by Jazz artists.

Beall Fowler (in memory of wife Linny) $1,500
Cherry Valley Vineyard Jazz Concert
Jerry Kozic Memorial Fund
Total Collected – $640
Notable Donations
Kent Heckman – Red
Rock Recording Studios
Anna Marie Lamberton $100
Pamela Fleetwood $50
Hank and Jill Narrow $50
Funds collected through CD sales –
courtesy of Tom Kozic

Scholarship Awards

Scholarship Name Amount Receipients
Moravian College Summer Youth Jazz Camp
1/2 of scholarship – $250
Dane Becker, Piano
1/2 of scholarship – $250
Maria Marmarou, Drums
COTA Camp Jazz
Full – $525
As determined by COTA

First Jerry Kozic Memorial Scholarship Recipient – Alreese Hooks (Piano)