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Joe Dovi at St Anthonys ParadeIn 2015, we lost our first-chair clarinet player, Joe Dovi, to a sudden heart attack. Joe was an active lifetime member of the Old Timers Community Band, and a graduate of Cortland High School, class of 1973. He was an outstanding musician and leader, and someone who gave back to his community with service.

Joe's family invited friends to give to the Cortland Old Timers Band in his memory, and we are so pleased to announce that the generous response we received has enabled us to establish a memorial award in his name.

Joe Dovi at John Stevens Birthday PartyThe Cortland Old Timers Band presents the $250 Joseph J. Dovi award annually, in memory of Joe. It is awarded to one senior in each of the Cortland and Homer High School Bands.


Selection Criteria:

  • Award is given to the student that best exemplifies Joe’s qualities of musicianship, leadership and service—a fitting way to carry on his legacy.


For more information about this award, or to be considered for the award, please contact a current band director in either Cortland or Homer High School.


Award Recipients:

2015 Ben Mayberry from Cortland High School
Nate Ulrich from Homer High School
2016 Jessica Kryger-Stramba from Cortland High School
Ana Shore from Homer High School
2017 Rhianna Eleck from Cortland High School
Noah Kilmer from Homer High School
2018 Lauren Phetteplace from Cortland High School
Alex Cottrell from Homer High School
2019 Sam Forrester from Cortland High School
Benjamin Herman from Homer High School
2020 Kathryn Aumick from Cortland High School
Ellis Han from Homer High School
2021 Bridget Riley from Cortland High School
Julianna McGory from Homer High School
2022 Aiden Mead from Cortland High School
Hannah McMasters from Homer High School



Spiegle WillcoxSpiegle Willcox was from the Central NY area, and though he traveled the world playing music, he also spent time in Cortland in the mid-1920's. He was a very well-known, accomplished jazz trombonist.

This award was established by Spiegle Willcox to recognize in perpetuity his musical career and his devotion to SUNY Cortland as a friend and honorary doctoral degree recipient. The Cortland Old Timers Band contributes to this award.

The award is split evenly between the fall and spring semesters at SUNY Cortland. Funding is based on availability.



Selection Criteria:

  • Award is awarded to a matriculated sophomore, junior or senior level student in good academic standing at SUNY Cortland
  • Student is participating in instrumental ensembles
  • Student demonstrates enthusiasm and commitment to excellence in musical performance
  • Student is enrolled full-time (at least 12 credit hours each fall and spring semester)
  • Student must have at least one full academic year remaining at the start of the fall semester of award year
  • Student has demonstrated financial need per FAFSA
Spiegle Willcox with Trombone


This scholarship is non-renewable, and funding is determined by the Cortland College Foundation. Scholarship amounts and availability are subject to change.

For more information, visit the SUNY Cortland scholarship page.



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