Lamar University will award the first Wayne Dyess Memorial Scholarship on Monday, Sept. 15, at the Logon Cafe in Beaumont.

The funding for this endowed scholarship was provided by the Night & Day Orchestra, which Dyess founded. The recipient is Colby Puz of Nederland, a freshman music education major in the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music at LU. Puz was first chair trombone for All-Region Band as well as a Texas Music Education Association All-State Band member.

Dyess, longtime professor of trombone and director of jazz studies at Lamar University, founded the Night & Day Orchestra in 2005. Its members now pay him tribute with the endowment of a memorial scholarship to continue his legacy with music students.

In addition to awarding the scholarship, the orchestra will also perform at the Logon Cafe on Sept. 15. The concert and award ceremony starts at 8:00 p.m. The Logon is located at 3805 Calder Avenue in Beaumont. For more information, visit


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