Sheldon Kanis Music Celebration

When:June 22nd; 6 p.m.
Where:Fine Arts Auditorium
Admission:free admission, no tickets needed; scholarship donations welcomed

About this event:
Partnering with Portman’s Music Super Store, Armstrong AMT announces an upbeat musical event to celebrate the life of musical instrument technician and ardent music advocate Sheldon Kanis, a free admission concert-followed-by-jam-session headlined by master of ceremonies, WTOC11 TV's Sonny Dixon.

Featuring the star-studded Peter Ponzol Quartet including: internationally-renowned pianist Kevin Bales, stylistically versatile drummer Quentin Baxter, much sought-after bassist Billy Thornton, and led by Ponzol, himself an internationally-known jazz saxophonist, this concert-turned-jam-session will open with a set performed by the quartet then will broaden to include select area musicians and friends.

Kanis, who succumbed to cancer earlier this year, spent the last 31 years working for the Savannah-based regional music product retailer Portman's Music Superstore, much of which as repair technician manager. A longtime member of the National Association of Professional Repair Technicians, Kanis assisted almost every band director in the region and through his work made friends across the United States in the music and music manufacturing industries.

In speaking of Kanis, store owner Jerry Portman said "Sheldon was the kind of man who never met a stranger twice. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he was lover of wine, cigars, and to an extreme, jazz. His jazz recording collection is unrivaled. My right-hand man this last decade, Sheldon was also a dear friend to many here in Savannah. He always answered the phone with a joke, and he mentored many young musicians and technicians, imparting wisdom and humor in equal parts along the way."

While admission to this concert event is free of charge, the Kanis family has established a memorial music scholarship in Sheldon’s name.

Sheldon Kanis Instrumental Music Scholarship donations will be accepted at the door.
Make checks payable to Armstrong Atlantic State University Foundation; note in the memo: “Sheldon Kanis Music Scholarship.”

Concert proceeds will benefit student scholarship fund recipients.

For those unable to attend the concert but who want to contribute to the Sheldon Kanis Instrumental Music Scholarship Fund, please contact Julie Gerbsch at julie.gerbsch@armstrong.edu or 912.344.2600.
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