Bill Reese Memorial Instrumental Scholarship

This scholarship originated in 1988 at the suggestion of Philip Gabbard in memory of Bill Reese for Instrumental music majors and non-majors. Bill Reese was a graduate of Abilene Christian University in 1967, drum major and trombone player for the Big Purple Band all four of his college years.  Marine 2nd Lt. William Robert Reese was killed in action in the Vietnam War on February 14, 1968.

The first scholarship award was given from the earnings of this endowment in 1992. This scholarship has become a prestigious award given to a student for their contribution to the Big Purple Band.  The students are chosen in the spring (announced at the Band Banquet in May) for the following school year.  The Director of Bands, Associate Director and staff make the selection based on leadership, academic achievement and servant characteristics.

2009-2010      Jaylynn Phillips
2008-2009      Paul Arrington, Alex Ferguson, Evan Woods
2007-2008      Leah Walter
2006-2007      Sam Selby
2005-2006      Lesiree Guerrero
2004-2005      Chris Brannan
2003-2004      Bradley Hardin, Andrew Straight
2002-2003      James Sumners, April Yarbrough
2001-2002      Jacob Faske, Karen Phipps
2000-2001      Kevin Broome, Amber McDonald
1999-2000      Kevin Broome
1998-1999     Marcus Carroll
1997-1998      Kevin Whitelaw
1996-1997      Brian Nuckels
1995-1996      Chris Carroll
1994-1995      Russell Willerton
1993-1994      Joe Hooten
1992-1993      Joe Hooten, Kelly Neill

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