The Kamloops Community Band’s recent “Play Like the Dickens” concert raised two thousand dollars for two funds of special interest to the band, the Richard Dickens Music Scholarship and the Donald Bennett Music Legacy Fund.
The Richard Dickens Music Scholarship is available for students in SD73 music programs to study music for up to four years post-secondary.
The Donald Bennett Music Legacy Fund was established to support local community music organizations with such things as workshops and clinics, and financial support for lessons and instrument rental for musicians in those organizations.
Both funds are administered by the BC Interior Community Foundation.
Richard “Dick” Dickens was the founder of the Kamloops Community Band. Don Bennett was a co-conductor of the band, as well as its librarian. Both made significant contributions to music education and the local music community.