Ernie Gadzos Scholarship in Music -
When Savannah's legendary drummer, Ernie Gadzos, passed away in June
2005, Fred Gretsch sought a way to honor his dear friend and longtime
Gretsch Music Company employee. At Georgia Southern University
he found an inspiring method of keeping Ernie's memory alive. He
created the Ernie Gadzos Scholarship in Music with funding from the
Mr. Gadzos, Fred and Dinah Gretsch have given a generous contribution
to endow a scholarship for a music student studying percussion at
Georgia Southern," said William I. Griffis, president of the Georgia
Southern Foundation. "His gift of $50,000 will be held in perpetuity,
with annual interest being used to award a scholarship each year to a
deserving music student."
will allow a student with musical promise to study with Georgia
Southern's top-notch percussion instructors and be part of several
nationally-recognized instrumental ensembles," said Allen Henderson,
chair of the music department. "The Music Department Scholarship
Committee will select the recipient based on audition results and
academic qualifications, and the scholarship will be renewable for four
Gadzos began playing drums at the age of 18, traveling for 30 years
with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the Vaughn Monroe Orchestra, and other
big bands. He worked for several drum shops in Chicago and then in
1986, he and his wife moved to Savannah to join the Gretsch Music
Company. He spent the last 20 years helping drummers and dealers from
around the world find the right performance and recording drums for
their specific needs.
interested in adding their contribution to the Ernie Gadzos Scholarship
in Music may contact Allen Henderson, chair of the Georgia Southern
Department of Music, at 912-681-0144. To learn more about this and
other Georgia Southern scholarships, contact the University's Financial
Aid Office at 912-681-5413 or visit the web site at http://students.georgiasouthern.edu/finaid/. Georgia Southern's media contact is Loretta Brandon, 912-681-0336.
Fred and Dinah Gretsch School of Music
The Gretsch Company has added Georgia Southern University to its family with the newly named Fred and Dinah Gretsch School of Music. The collaboration will ensure the Gretsch Company's historic impact is appropriately documented and preserved, while also allowing our legacy to continue through the next generation of leaders in the music industry.