Fund Story

It started with the first date … He left her on a park bench, while he played a summer concert. For Jim and Phyllis Garwood, farming was their life and music was a passion. Jim played the trumpet for 70 years. Phyllis was raised in a family of music and shared her gift of a beautiful voice. In their lifetimes, there were countless band and orchestra performances, pit orchestras, and other performances they participated in or enjoyed from the audience. Education was of highest priority to the family, and to honor this amazing couple the James and Phyllis Memorial Music Scholarship has been established to support students whose musical future will influence not only their own life, but the lives of others.

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