(Left to right) Jane Phillips, James Callahan, and Alan Vater at the scholarship presentation
The folks at Vater Percussion have always treated each other more like a bunch of friends than co-workers. So when the stick and accessory company lost one of its employees, Jeffrey Phillips, in a senseless act of violence in 2009, the feeling of loss clearly permeated the entire company. Since then, Vater has tried to use its fond memories of Phillips to benefit worthy drummers. Its latest effort took place on April 13, when the company presented James Callahan — a 2010 graduating senior of Weymouth High School in Massachusetts — with the first annual Jeffrey Phillips Memorial Scholarship. Vater awarded Callahan for his outstanding leadership, performance, and dedication as student leader to the school’s band. He will attend Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts in the fall. Phillips, who was a musician himself, graduated from Weymouth in 1996, as well as his sister and brother before him.