The John belcaster music scholarship fund


Northwest Side Irish in partnership with Flatts and Sharpe Music Company proudly announces

The John Belcaster Music Scholarship Fund

John Belcaster 

June 12, 1983 - February 14, 2016

John was a songwriter and a poet, but today we use his life as our muse. He was a father and a son, a brother, uncle, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend to so many, “Daddy” being the role he was most proud of. Anyone that was a part of John’s life knew that music was part of his journey. His talent and music will forever be with us. 

When John was four years old we took him for piano lessons and by the time he was six years old he could pick up almost any musical instrument. He was an exceptional talent and shared his gift mostly with those closest to him. We all knew this was his true life’s passion and love and in many ways it was his saving grace and part of his day to day journey here on earth. We are certain that his music lives on in heaven. That being said, today we honor him, as he was a teacher of music to his six year old son Jameson and his brother Michael and he would be so very proud to pass the opportunity on to others. His love and gift to others lives on through the John Belcaster Music Scholarship Fund (JBMSF) 

John and Jameson and I frequently visited Flatts and Sharpe Music Co. It was about a week after John had passed that Jameson and I stopped in the store and Chris Bell and I talked about John and his love for music. She immediately offered lessons to Jameson for therapy purposes, to heal and remember his Dad. A year later we enrolled Jameson in drum classes and Chris and I talked about a scholarship fund in John’s memory. 

Today we are very grateful to our friends at Flatts and Sharpe Music Co., in partnership with the NorthWest Side Irish we announce the John Belcaster Music Scholarship Fund (JBMSF). John’s son Jameson is the first recipient of the JBMSF as he is currently enrolled in drum lessons via the first JBMSF with full contribution from Flatts and Sharpe Music Co. 

Flatts and Sharpe Music Co. will match every $600.00 raised and we will give one year of music lessons, the instrument of choice, to selected recipients. Our goal is to raise or exceed $1200.00 this year, making a total, with Flats and Sharpe contribution of $2400.00. That would create 2 JBMSF scholarships for 2017. 

Please join us in sharing John’s love for music and the arts with others. 

All of our love to you my angel in heaven, all of our love. My heart will forever be with you and we will carry on your love with your son Jameson and of course with your love of music by sharing it with others. 

Thank you in advance for your consideration and for honoring my son John Belcaster’s love for music. 

Elizabeth Murray Belcaster