All That Jazz

Hilton Head Island’s Bob Masteller, owner of the nationally celebrated Jazz Corner, is a highly successful entrepreneur, marketing executive and world-class musician.  But for many children in Beaufort County, Bob and his wife, Lois, are Santa and Mrs. Claus.  Thanks to Bob and Lois and their Junior Jazz Foundation, children from schools throughout the county have the opportunity to learn about and experience the all-American art form of jazz.  Foundation funds provide seminars, a thriving band camp, performances and instruments.  So that all interested students can participate, scholarships are available for those in need.  The Foundation recently funded scholarships for 22 students for a two-week band camp.  The foundation’s latest initiative is a year-round instrument drive.  “Would you believe one gentleman gave us 16 violins?” Masteller said.  “That’s really cool.”