Loren Buzzard died in a car wreck just weeks before his graduation from Pocahontas County High School. Music was the love of Loren’s life. He played rock and folk guitar and, for all four of his high school years, hosted a Celtic music program on Allegheny Mountain Radio, “The Haggis Bowl.” In his memory friends established a scholarship fund to help Pocahontas County students interested in music or broadcasting attend college. Nationally known Celtic musician Patrick O’Flaherty of Lewisburg, who had been a guest on Loren’s radio show several times, suggested that a concert be held each year to benefit the scholarship fund; the first one happened in April, 2010.
The 2011 Loren Buzzard Memorial Scholarship Concert will be held at the Pocahontas County Opera House in Marlinton Saturday, July 2, starting at 7 PM. Patrick O’Flaherty will open the show, which will feature a variety of talented local musicians including teenage pop singer Erica Rebinski. The 2011 scholarship winner, Kelsea Lane, will also sing, and 2010 winner Mark Egan will run the sound system.
Mark used his scholarship to study music production at the University of Memphis; Kelsea will be an attend Davis & Elkins College to become an elementary school music teacher. 2011 runner up Adam Fuller will attend Glenville State College where he plans to major either in Communications or English. And to work at the campus radio station.
Admission will be $7 with children under 12 admitted free. People wanting to make a donation to the scholarship fund can send checks to Buzzard Scholarship, Pocahontas County High School, Dunmore WV 24934 or bring their donation to the concert.
For more information, contact Gibbs Kinderman, 304-799-6004, firstname.lastname@example.org