Malvern Middle School student Bella Evans is the 2019-2020 recipient of Jack Halkides Tribute Fund Award. This award provides a full year of instrumental music lessons to a middle school student who shows special talent playing a saxophone, clarinet, or flute. Bella was nominated by Malvern Middle School teacher Jeneva Ford for her skill and passion for playing the clarinet.
Shown here with Malvern Middle School principal Tim Babiczuk and nominating music teacher Jeneva Ford, Bella is presented an award certificate by Gail Martino, Chair of the Jack Halkides Tribute Fund Committee. Bella will receive 32 private clarinet lessons during the 2019-2020 school year by a professional music instructor selected by the Halkides committee. The location, dates and times for the lessons will be agreed upon by Bella’s family, the instructor, and Ms. Ford.
The Jack Halkides Tribute Fund was created through the Stark Community Foundation in 2017 by a group of musicians, friends, and family of the late Jack Halkides, local musician and music educator. Jack passed away in 2015 at the age of 85, but not before he expressed his wish that the fund established in his honor be used to support young players of the saxophone, clarinet, or flute – three of his favorite instruments.
Jack was well known for his jazz and band music. He graduated from Timken High School, was in the United States Air Force, and was the Chief Deputy for the Stark County Treasurer’s Office for 25 years. During all of that time he played in big bands and small bands, taught music lessons in several Stark County schools, and gave private lessons.
Jack’s wish was that his legacy be a testament to young musicians; he urged them to “Practice, practice, practice”. The Jack Halkides Tribute Fund will assist promising musicians to do just that – with a little help from a friend.