Calvin Winbush with Lisa Harriton (Independent Artist Program Chair)

Calvin Winbush with Lisa Harriton (Independent Artist Program Chair)

The winner of the fall 2014 Ryder Buck Memorial Independent Artist Scholarship at Musicians Institute is Detroit, Michigan native Calvin Winbush.

Calvin started his musical studies in the first grade on saxophone, then progressing on to piano, guitar, drums and bass.   He describes the music he currently performs as “a blend of Hip Hop and R&B with elements of Alternative and Folk.”

Upon learning about his scholarship award, Calvin explained that he chose to study at MI because “Sharon Aguilar (former MI Guitar Program student and member of Cee Lo Green’s band) suggested it to me and because I was jealous of all the kids walking around with guitar cases in Hollywood!   He adds “MI has the most comprehensive curriculum compared to your competitors in the Los Angeles area.”

While at MI he will focus on “learning to play lead guitar extremely well, as well as honing all of my skills to become an international performing artist.”  Calvin’s future dreams and aspirations are to “ become an undeniably incredible performer and songwriter who helps direct the music industry to new levels of greatness.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Calvin on this achievement, which marks a great beginning to his studies. We look forward to seeing him reach his full potential while at MI.

Special thanks to the family and friends of Ryder Buck for generously sponsoring this scholarship (in honor of the memory and creative talents of MI student Ryder Buck), which helps to provide talented students like Calvin with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.


Ryder Buck

Ryder Buck



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