P. J. Belly was a great believer in encouraging young musicians. To honor his memory, the P. J. Belly Scholarship in Jazz was established at Texas Tech University. The first scholarship was awarded in August 2000 and is awarded each fall semester to students in Jazz Studies at Texas Tech.
An endowment fund has been established to insure the permanence of the scholarship. Friends and fans of P. J. Belly who wish to make a memorial contribution to help keep not only P. J. Belly’s music alive, but THE music alive as well, may do so directly to the endowment fund. Memorial gifts of any size are welcome. To make a gift honoring the memory of P. J. Belly:
Click here to make a gift online, and search for P. J. Belly Music Scholarship Endowment.
To make your gift by check, please make your check payable to Texas Tech Foundation, designate P. J. Belly Music Scholarship Endowment on the memo line and mail to:
Texas Tech University System
Lubbock, TX 79409-5025
Recipients of the P. J. Belly Music Scholarship are selected based on merit and need under the recommendation of the Professors of Jazz Studies.
Texas Tech’s Jazz Ensemble I has taken honors at the Wichita Jazz Festival and the Longhorn Jazz Festival. The group has performed with such renowned jazz artists as Louie Bellson, Frank Mantooth, Bill Armstrong, Dennis Dotson, Paul English, Chris Seiter, Clay Jenkins, Steve Wiest, Denis DiBlasio, Joe Mosello, Shelly Berg, Billy Hulting, and Tony Campise.
Visit the Texas Tech School of Music and enjoy the pictures of the 2001 P. J. Belly Scholarship Jam that started it all.