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I remember learning to play the recorder in the fourth grade and feeling proud of myself after learning every piece in the book. I practiced for long periods without realizing how much time had passed. It was the same when I learned to play the flute, and still occurs to this day. From a young age, I found my strongest passion and soon discovered a world of opportunities music could bring to anyone- not only the ability to perform, but enhancement of the school experience and academic performance as well.
I am a very active musician- I have been seated as the principal flute player of the Rockford Symphony Youth Orchestra, performed in Rock Valley College’s Starlight Theatre, Auburn High School’s Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band, local schools in need of member in pit orchestras for musicals, and qualified for the District 8 ILMEA Festival in 2018. Read more.
The RAMI Organization was created for the purpose of awarding music scholarships to deserving young musicians, to provide financial assistance for the study of music to deserving young musicians, and to present and/or sponsor music education programs and events.
Each year the RAMI Organization hosts several events to help fund the Gary S. Wilmer RAMI Music Scholarship, The RAMI Young Artists Music Scholarship, and to honor the local music community. Our premier event is the RAMI Awards Ceremony is held in April each year. The RAMI Awards recognize and celebrate the efforts of groups and individuals who have involvement in the local music community.
The RAMI Organization has awarded over $70,000 in scholarships and music education programs to over 50 students.
If you would like to become involved in helping us support our music scholarships, music education programs, and sponsored programs/events contact us at ramicommittee @ ramiawards.com.
PO Box 4128, Rockford, IL 61110
ramicommittee @ ramiawards.com
Rockford Area Music Industry, Inc. is classified as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization by the standards of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Therefore, any donations to the Rockford Area Music Industry, Inc. may be tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.