Thursday, November 13, 7:00 p.m.

Central Crossing High School

The South-Western City Schools Educational Foundation is holding its annual Benefit Concert on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 7 p.m. The concert will be held at Central Crossing High School, 4500 Big Run Road South in Grove City. 
The SWCS District Honor Band and Honor Choir along with the Grove City Community Winds will perform. Noted performer, composer/arranger and educator Jim Swearingen will lead the concert.

James Swearingen is currently one of several resident composers at Capital University and also serves as a staff manager for The Ohio State University Marching Band. Prior to his appointment at Capital in 1987, he spent eighteen years teaching instrumental music in the public schools of central Ohio. His first teaching assignment took him to the community of Sunbury, Ohio. He then spent fourteen years as Director of Instrumental Music at Grove City High School, where his marching, concert and jazz bands all received acclaim for their high standards of performing excellence.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Swearingen manages to be very active as a guest conductor, adjudicator and educational clinician. Appearances have included trips throughout the United States, as well as Japan, Australia, Europe, Canada and The Republic of China.

Swearingen's numerous contributions for band have been well received by school directors, student performers and audiences worldwide. With over 450 published works, he has written band compositions and arrangements that reflect a variety of musical forms and styles. Many of his pieces, including 81 commissioned works, have been chosen for contest and festival lists. He is a recipient of several ASCAP awards for published compositions and in 1992 was selected as an Accomplished Graduate of the Fine and Performing Arts from Bowling Green State University. Most recently, he received the 2002 Community Music Educator Award given annually by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. He is a member of numerous professional and honorary organizations including Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA), MENC: The National Association for Music Education, American School Band Directors Association (ASBDA), Phi Beta Mu, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. In March 2000, he was invited to join the American Bandmasters Association.

The Western – Casino District branch of Pathways raised over $6,000 for the South-Western City Schools Educational Foundation last year through Borrow to Give. Help us raise more! Visit to learn how.

GCHS Class of 2014 Donates $7,700 for Scholarships

June 9, 2014

We appreciate the support of all those who donated and attended our 
Annual Dinner & Auction on April 25. It was a fantastic evening!
Thank you to our speaker James "Scoonie" Penn, who was an inspiration to all who attended.
Thank you to the following:

Gary Leasure/ACE Trucking; Dr. John Dubos DDS; Ruscilli Construction
OhioHealth Doctors Hospital; Bricker & Eckler
 OhioHealth, The Hannon/Forrester Family, Southwest Public Libraries, Ruscilli Construction, SHP Leading Design,
 Village of Urbancrest, Gary Leasure/ACE Trucking, Heartland Bank, Alice Sweeley, City of Grove City, SWEA, SWAA
 Roby & Twinkle Schottke, Jen & Mike Jimison (Subway), Wal-Mart Distribution, Larry Titus (Air Quality Solutions), Pinnacle Golf Club, Morely Parren Bright Insurance, BalletMet, Houk CPA, Christie Laffin (Jewell Style Handbags), Drury Inn & Suites, Texas Roadhouse, O'Charley's, Olive Garden, Smokey Bones, Longhorn, Meyers Jewelers, Gina Perry (Paint Mixer), Lilly's Plank's, Capital City Cakes, Plum Run Winery, Central Ohio YMCA, Murray Hill Dental, International Collision Repair, 9Round, Lair Marin-Marcum (Spanish Goods Basket), Ohio Rep. Cheryl Grossman, Ohio Sen. Jim Hughes, Columbus Sports Commission, Home Depot.
Thank you to Robert Ragland for providing the music for the evening.

We look forward to seeing you in 2015. Thank you for your continued support.

Since the inception of the South-Western City Schools Educational Foundation in 1988, more than a million dollars has been distributed to support  innovative educational programs through education grants for SWCS and to recognize excellence in achievement through SWCS student scholarships. 

Your contributions truly make a difference for our schools, our children, and thus our future.