Music Scholarship

The Joel Talerico Memorial Scholarship

Joel Talerico was one of the founding members of the Ellensburg Big Band. He studied music at Central Washington University and though his primary career was serving this community as a fireman for 26 years, he continued to have a passion for making music throughout his life.

The Ellensburg Big Band Joel Talerico Memorial Scholarship is awarded to an Ellensburg High School student who understands the value of music in our lives; a student who exemplifies Joel’s upbeat attitude, love of community, and passion for music the he shared with all of us.

Donations to the Scholarship Fund are welcomed and appreciated. Please click the link below if you are interested in contributing to the fund.

Recipients of the scholarship include:

The following is a recording of the band playing “When You’re Smiling,” our tribute to Joel’s memory.