Ben Geise, a Pitt music major, is the winner of the 2004 University of Pittsburgh-Mellon Jazz Scholarship.

Ben Geise, a Pitt music major, is the winner of the 2004 University of Pittsburgh-Mellon Jazz Scholarship. Geise, who will be a senior this year, studies guitar at Pitt with Joe Negri, whom Geise calls "a fantastic teacher and an amazing human being." Geise has been a member of the Pitt Jazz Ensemble for three terms and recently traveled to Jamaica, where he and the other ensemble members, under the direction of Pitt Jazz Studies Director Nathan Davis, performed for children at rural schools. Geise was presented with this year's scholarship at the Mellon Jazz at Hartwood Acres concert on June 6. This is the 18th year that Pitt and Mellon have joined to fund the $5,000 scholarship, given to a current or incoming Pitt jazz student who shows the most promise.