Third Annual Bashaw Scholarship Benefit A Shining Success

Cider Magazine Bellows falls, Vt. October, 2001

Third Annual Bashaw Scholarship Benefit A Shining Success
Third Annual Bashaw Scholarship Benefit A Shining Success
Third Annual Bashaw Scholarship Benefit A Shining Success

BELLOWS FALLS, VT. - Family, musicians and friends recently gathered at the Polish Picnic Grounds in Bellows Falls for the third Douglas Bashaw Scholarship Benefit, an annual celebration which honors the late Doug Bashaw, who lost his life in a motorcycle accident in August of 2008. Bashaw was a native of Charlestown,N.H. and a 1982 graduate of Fall Mountain Regional High School in Langdon,NH.

Photos by Joe Milliken 1. Roy Brown of Kelly's Heroes 2. Megan Lemere and Mike Bailey of Please Don't Tell 3. Christopher Bergmann of Spectris.

Music runs in Doug's family, as his father taught him to play the mandolin at the ripe age of three. He would sit in with his dad's country band as a youngster, and performed with the drum core in high school. Although Doug was a front-man and played bass in most of his bands, he was also a talented drummer as well.

Mr. Bashaw was actually this writer's first brush with rock-and-roll, as I remember sitting in front of the TV in the early 80's and watching Doug's first band, Charlestown,NH's own Governor, performing the Monkeys hit "Stepping Stone" on public access television. It was truly a thrill for this very young high school kid to see a rocker on TV who I actually knew personally!

Doug would go on to performin several rock bands throughout his high school days and for the rest of his life. In fact, if you have enjoyed some live, local music in the Southern Vermont and New Hampshire areas over the last 25 years or so,there is a reasonable chance that you witnessed Doug's unique style onstage.

A few of his bands included the aforementioned Governor, Royal Flush, Block Heads, Mistress, Block Party, Sidekik, Signature, Shine and Sun King. However, not only was Doug a great vocalist, bass player and performer, but also a well-known and respected sound engineer throughout the Connecticut River Valley and beyond.

"As a sound-man, Doug was very gifted," Christopher Bergmann told this writer just days after Bashaw's untimely passing. Bergmann is the guitarist/vocalist for local rockers Spectris. "He not only had a fantastic ear for music, but also had an uncanny ability to quickly anticipate the bands' needs that he was engineering. Our band never sounded better than when Doug was running our sound."

Indeed, if Doug wasn't performing on the stage, he was rolling up his sleeves behind the scenes as a sound-man and built-in roadie. He worked very hard to promote local bands and the music scene at large, always encouraging musicians young and old to get out there and perform. Doug was also generous with his time and lending his sound equipment for various charitable events.

Three years ago, Mr. Bashaw's family created the Douglas Bashaw Scholarship Fund in which each year, a scholarshipis given to a FMRHS student interested in continuing their education in the fields of music, theatre or the arts.

This years' event offered great raffle prizes including two weekend passes to the annual Roots On The River Festival, over 20 gift baskets of all different themes, a 50/50 raffle and a Peavy International drum kit which was generously donated by Matt and Chris Lillie of Soundtown Music. There were even CDs copies available of a 1988 recording of original Doug Bashaw compositions.

"I can not thank everyone enough for all the love and support we receive each year for our scholarship benefit," Mr. Bashaw's widow, Kelly Hood Bashaw, said in an interview the following day. "This year we raised $3,800 for the scholarship fund, and I couldn't be more proud."

This year's line up of great local bands included Burnpile, Kelly's Heroes, Please Don't Tell, Spectris, 4 Play, Intercept and the show-closing Shine, which was one of Mr. Bashaw's former bands. "A special thank you to all the bands who gave their time to entertain everyone, because that is what Doug loved to do most. "

The Bashaw family would like to thank all the bands who came out to play, as well as Matt and Chris Lillie of Soundtown Music for donating the drum kit, Ralph's Supermarket, Putnam's Farm, Pete's Stand, Roots On The River, Jackson's Dream Drinks, all the folks who created gift baskets and gave silent donations and everyone who donated their time and money to this special event.
If you would like to make a contribution to the Bashaw Scholarship fund, you can mail a check to the Douglas Bashaw Scholarship Fund, c/o Kelly Hood Bashaw, P. O. Box 486,Charlestown, NH 03609.