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Masteller ’60 Recognized for Citizenship

Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014

Bob Masteller '60 was recently recognized with the highest honor bestowed by the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce. Masteller, who co-owns The Jazz Corner club in Hilton Head, S.C., was presented the Alice Glenn Doughtie Good Citizenship Award at the chamber's Great Gatsby-themed gala held Jan. 11, at the Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa. According to an article in The Beaufort Gazette, Masteller was recognized for his community service and leadership.

The article notes "Masteller's nonprofit Junior Jazz Foundation has cultivated young talent in the Lowcountry through music education programs in area schools." He and his wife, Lois, formed the Junior Jazz Foundation in 2004. The foundation raises funds independently to buy instruments for kids in schools, pay for their music lessons and bring professional musicians to teach them at Jazz Camps.

"It is impossible to measure the impact that Bob and his wife, Lois, have across our community," Hilton Head Christian Academy music director James Barry said.  "They have touched thousands through their nonprofit ... and giving hearts, raising up the next generation of jazz."

A lifelong jazz enthusiast, Masteller began playing jazz in his father's band at the age of 12 and led a series of jazz groups on campus during the late 1950s while attending Hobart College, where he earned a B.A. in economics. Following his graduation, he continued to practice jazz, playing the trumpet, valve trombone and vibraphone and leading his own groups in clubs throughout the "low country" of South Carolina and Georgia. Masteller has performed for Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, and Sen. Fritz Hollings from South Carolina.

The past several years, he has performed during Reunion celebrations at HWS.

In the photo above, Bob Masteller '60 is serenaded by Louise Spencer as she escorts him to the stage after it was announced that he was the recipient of the Alice Glenn Doughtie Good Citizenship Award at the annual Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Ball.

Read more here: http://www.islandpacket.com/2014/01/11/2889009/hilton-head-jazz-revivalist-wins.html#storylink=cpy

The full article follows.

The Beaufort Gazette
Hilton Head jazz revivalist wins chamber's top award

Dan Burley • January 11, 2014

A local nightclub owner whose nonprofit organization strives to keep jazz music alive in the Lowcountry took home the top honor Saturday night at the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce's annual ball.

Bob Masteller, owner of the Jazz Corner on Hilton Head Island, was recognized for his community service and leadership with the Alice Glenn Doughtie Good Citizenship Award at the chamber's Great Gatsby-themed gala at the Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa.

"It's great to know that (my work) is appreciated by people," Masteller said after being serenaded to the ballroom stage by local singer Louise Spencer. "It's funny, I've always considered the Jazz Corner an opportunity to try to make other people look good."

Masteller's restaurant and club opened in 1999 and has attracted high-quality jazz musicians to the island, earning a place on Downbeat Magazine's list of the top-150 jazz rooms in the world.
"It's really a local treasure," Town of Hilton Head Island Mayor Drew Laughlin said. "I'm jealous because he gets to make it his livelihood."

Masteller's nonprofit Junior Jazz Foundation has cultivated young talent in the Lowcountry through music education programs in area schools.

"It is impossible to measure the impact that Bob and his wife, Lois, have across our community," Hilton Head Christian Academy music director James Barry said. "They have touched thousands through their nonprofit ... and giving hearts, raising up the next generation of jazz."

A musician himself, Masteller said he idolizes Louis Armstrong, has played with piano legend George Shearing and has performed for Presidents Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Gerald Ford.

He's also a 41-year island resident and was vice president of human resources for Sea Pines in the 1970s and '80s before going into business for himself.

"He was an integral player in the early days of Hilton Head Island," Tom Upshaw, chamber board chairman, said.

The Alice Glenn Doughtie Good Citizenship Award was first presented in 1971 and is dedicated to the memory of Doughtie, who died at 22 after a short life of service to others.

 


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