DeKalb High School grad Wiemer-Hastings receives Palmer Family scholarship

Jesse Wiemer-Hastings is the 2020 recipient of the Palmer Family Music Education Scholarship.
Jesse Wiemer-Hastings is the 2020 recipient of the Palmer Family Music Education Scholarship.

SYCAMORE – Jesse Wiemer-Hastings, a graduate of DeKalb High School, is the recipient of the 2020 Palmer Family Music Education Scholarship award.

Historically, the scholarship recipient is honored at the first DeKalb Municipal Band concert of the year at Hopkins Park, with the $3,500 scholarship award from the DeKalb County Community Foundation. This year, due to COVID-19 precautions and social distancing restrictions, the June concert will not take place.   

Wiemer-Hastings plans to attend St. Olaf College in the fall of 2020, pursuing a degree in music education. His interest in music started with his parents, both of whom are musicians. He grew up in a home of music and frequently went to concerts. At the age of 7 his mom started him with cello lessons.

Since then, Wiemer-Hastings has been very active in the music department at DHS. He played the tuba in the Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Band and Symphony Orchestra. He played trombone in the Jazz Ensemble and played the bass pans in Steel Band. He also participated in the Varsity Choir, Madrigal Singers, Enharmonic Fusion and the Musical Pit Orchestra.

Outside of school he sings in the church choir and occasionally plays special music on tuba, trombone or euphonium. Additionally, he has played tuba in the NIU CSA Sinfonia for three years, and played trombone in NIU's summer Jazz Camp for three years.

“It’s evident that music is Jesse’s passion,” Tiffany McQueen Lewis, community foundation grants director, said in a news release. “We look forward to seeing the impact he will have on the lives of his future students as he achieves his goal of becoming a music educator."

Scholarship funds are an easy way to support and promote further education of youth in the community. Contribute to any fund at the community foundation including the Palmer Family Music Education Fund at or by mail to the DeKalb County Community Foundation, 475 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL 60178. 

Dee Palmer, director of the DeKalb Municipal Band since 1948, died in November 2011 at the age of 97. Palmer and his family have contributed to the musical pleasure of thousands of people in DeKalb County for more than 160 years. In 2009, the Palmer Family Music Education Scholarship was set up at the foundation to honor this local music legacy.

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