Golf outing to raise money for music scholarships

May 21, 2014

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Department of Performing and Visual Arts faculty will host its second annual Swinging for Scholarships on Friday, June 13 at the Platteville Golf and Country Club.

Proceeds will provide music scholarships for incoming and current students who are pursuing a major or minor in music at UW-Platteville. At last year's event, $6,782 was raised.

More than 20 area businesses are helping to sponsor the event this year.

The event was organized by UW-Platteville’s Dr. Barry Ellis, professor of music and director of bands; Allen Cordingley, lecturer of saxophone/jazz studies; and Monte Muller, a retired UW-Platteville alumnus who served as band director in the Wisconsin public school system for 36 years. Muller was inducted into the UW-Platteville Arts and Letters Hall of Fame in 2005.

The event is open to everyone and will include golf, lunch, games, prizes, entertainment and a silent auction that includes two tickets to any Chicago Symphony concert next season, a fairway wood, wines and a chance to win a car for getting a hole-in-one on the 10th hole.

“Last year's event was very successful,” said Ellis, who has taught at UW-Platteville for 23 years. “In order to continue providing educational opportunities that best serve our students, we need help in the scholarship area. This year, we'd like to double event participation so that we can help even more music students receive scholarships.”

“This event is a great opportunity to connect with old friends for a good cause and know that our efforts are helping build an even stronger music program at UW-Platteville,” said Muller.

Entertainment will include a Pioneer Pep Band performance, featuring current UW-Platteville faculty, students and alumni as well as a UW-Platteville faculty ensemble performance during lunch. Anyone who attends the event is invited to play with the Pioneer Pep Band. Repertoire will include popular rock tunes and the UW-Platteville school song.

During lunch, live entertainment will be provided by Ensemble Nouveau, featuring UW-Platteville music faculty members Dr. David Cooper, associate professor of trumpet and chair of the department of performing and visual arts; Matthew Gregg, associate director of bands; David Earll, lecturer of music technology, chamber music and music appreciation and instructor of low brass; Corey Mackey, lecturer of clarinet, guitar, chamber music and music appreciation; Keith Lienert, percussion instructor and member of the jazz studies program; and Cordingley.

“Ensemble Nouveau will play a little bit of everything, stylistically speaking,” said Cordingley. “We anticipate this year’s event will be even more successful than last year's.”

Cost of the event varies, depending on the number of holes played. Lunch and music will be from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., with check-in for 18-hole golf at 12:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded at 5 p.m., followed by a social at Steve’s Pizza in Platteville at 6 p.m. People who do not wish to golf but are interested in attending the luncheon are welcome to do so. Tours of UW-Platteville and its music facilities will be available for those who are interested.

To register, contact Katie Friar at (608) 342-6135 by Saturday, June 7 or register online at

Written by: Laurie A. Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191,


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