Tim Fleming Bass Scholarship

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This fall, PCM is pleased to award the Tim Fleming Bass Scholarship to Nathanael Ontiveros. This scholarship was created for the 2020-2021 school year in memory of Tim Fleming, an involved member of the local music community who passed away in April 2020.

A native of Covina, Tim grew up playing guitar with his twin brother. He went on to perform with singer-songwriter Laura Branigan (known for her single “Gloria”) and appeared with her on SNL. Tim later worked for a wine and spirits distributor and was a beloved regular at the Blue Guitar at Arroyo Seco Golf Course, performing on their weekly Wine & Song series that featured two Americana acts each week. In addition to being a gifted pedal steel guitarist, Tim also played Dobro, bass guitar, and even the trumpet.

Tim’s girlfriend, Kim Barron, reached out to PCM about creating the scholarship earlier this year. “Tim led each of his days filled with kindness, laughter, and infinite love of family, friends, and music. He will forever be a shining light and gift to anyone that knew him. Tim’s enduring spirit will live on through his music and helping others who share his passion.”

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Nathanael, the recipient of the Tim Fleming Bass Scholarship, just turned eighteen and entered his senior year of high school. He first began his studies at PCM in 2017, taking piano with Nic Gerpe. Shortly after, he began taking bass lessons with Sherry Luchette and signed up for Jazz Combos with Dr. Ray Briggs.

“Music has been a constant in my life from the start. As an enthusiast and listener, I’ve explored many genres on the musical map and, thanks to years of study at PCM, I’ve been able to further my appreciation of music through performance.”

PCM is honored to be able to offer the Tim Fleming Bass Scholarship and continue Tim’s musical legacy through scholarships for talented young musicians.