BEST Fest '99 reception


May 23, 1999|By Sloane Brown

Providing almost $100,000 in scholarships to hundreds of Baltimore-area African-American students is something worth trumpeting about. That's why the Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust featured famed trumpeter Wynton Marsalis at its BEST Fest '99.

About 300 of the 700 concert-goers attended a reception before the show at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. They got a jazzy warm-up there -- tunes provided by BEST scholar Dontae Winslow, a horn player attending the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Winslow had more than just the financial support of BEST that night. His backup band included pianist Sig Shapiro, husband of board member Barbara Shapiro. Sig's not just an amateur ivory tickler; he's also CEO of Samuel Shapiro & Co.

Others grooving at the get-together included Karen Bond, BEST executive director; Theo Rodgers, BEST board president; Stanley Panitz, Bart Harvey and Chic Lord, board members; Dr. Edna O'Connor, executive director of Oak Hill Academy; Andre Draper, director of the Afro-American newspaper; Paul Coates, director of Black Classic Press; and Lamont Williams, WMAR-TV news photographer.

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