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Rockford Area Music Industry
Dan Eisman
P.O. Box 4128
Rockford, IL  61110
ramicommittee@ramiawards.com
www.ramiawards.com

The Rockford Area Music Industry supports local music in the Rockford Illinois area through the
Gary S. Wilmer RAMI Music Scholarship and by hosting the RAMI Awards in honor of the talented musicians in the Rockford and surrounding area.

The Gary S. Wilmer Memorial Trust was established in 1996 to honor the memory and continue the legacy of Gary Wilmer by awarding scholarships to students who wish to pursue and education in music. Gary was the founder & publisher of RAM Magazine, a Rockford area music monthly, and a founding organizer of the RAMI awards. Joe Guzzardo, owner of Guzzardo Music, said of Gary, "He was thoughtful and sensitive, and thoroughly understood the problems and needs of local music and musicians." Gary could do it all, be it organizing benefits, booking bands, running sound or lights, helping new music club owners or encouraging new talent to persevere. As the president of his senior class at East High School, as a graduate of Rockford College and as a successful businessman, Gary's 43 years of living showed that education is a marvelous "conductor" of a successful musical life.

It is the sincere hope of the RAMI scholarship committee that the recipients of this scholarship will carry on Gary's legacy with pride.

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