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The Dr. Paul and Doris Rosene Band Fund is now a permanent source of annual funds to help support band students at Pittsfield High School who have financial need. The endowment was established by former students of the Rosenes, who lived in Pittsfield from 1957 through 1967, and were the heart of the band programs at Higbee Jr. High and Pittsfield High School.
Dr. Rosene will be introduced at a celebratory announcement and presentation of initial funding at the PHS Spring Concert, Tuesday, May 3, at 8 p.m. in the gym. He will also be the guest at a public reception from 2 to 4 p.m. in the lobby of the Watson Hotel. Friends and acquaintances are invited. Masks are required to protect Dr. Rosene’s health.
The Dr. Paul and Doris Rosene Band Fund is held at the Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri, based in Quincy, which manages other, similar funds in Pittsfield and Pike County.
Donors can contribute via credit card online (search for “Rosene Band Fund”) or by check with Rosene Fund in the memo line, and payable to Community Foundation, 4531 Maine Street, Suite A, Quincy, Ill., 62305,
After his time in Pittsfield, Dr. Rosene accepted a position at Illinois State University where he did significant work in music therapy. He also became known, nationally, for his work with bell choirs. In 1990, the Rosenes retired to Orlando, Fla. Doris Rosene passed away in August 2020. At age 91, Dr. Rosene remains active at his home in Orlando and plays trumpet in his church band.
Members of the steering committee for the endowment are: Cheryl Gaffney Allen, John Geisendorder, Dr. Larry Mays and John Borrowman.