The Carleton Jazz Camp Award has been renamed in honour of the camp's founder, Ottawa saxophonist and educator Mike Tremblay. The $1000 scholarship is awarded by Carleton University, and goes to an outstanding student attending the camp who will be studying at Carleton in the next year.
At the 2015 camp's closing concert Saturday evening, Carleton music professor and Supervisor of Performance Studies Dr. James Wright announced that the university wished to honour Tremblay's success over the last six years in setting up and directing the camp, by retroactively naming the award after him.
The honour to Tremblay was long-overdue, Wright said. The five-day-long camp each August has grown and thrived because of the “ridiculously many” hours Tremblay has put into it, and his skills not only as a musician, but also as a “great organizer and team-builder”.
“It's not about him – it's all about the students, all the time.”
This year, the award was given to guitarist Jacob Clarke, who switched to electric and acoustic bass while at the camp this year.
Tremblay said that when the camp faculty reflected on the students at this year's camp, Clarke was at the top of everyone's list. “He's super-keen.”
Wright said the scholarship is currently funded from jazz camp revenues, but he hoped to create an endowment for it.
The camp attracts students ranging from young teenagers to seniors, and gives them training in both their own instruments and in playing in small and large jazz ensembles. This year's camp attracted 54 students, Tremblay said. The camp's student concerts on Saturday afternoon and evening had them performing in everything from guitar ensembles to small combos to vocal groups to big bands.
– Alayne McGregor
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