Ian Zook 🔸Horn

Performer & Teacher

The 3rd Annual JMU Horn Society Century

 On Saturday, April 14 2018, The JMU Horn Society started running at 8:15am and ran 100 Miles in 2 Hours!  We raised $850 for the Harrisonburg City Schools Food Backpack program, fully funding weekend meals for three elementary school students for a full year!

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Why? As members of both the JMU and Harrisonburg communities, we are eager to use our collective efforts in a healthy activity (running!) to raise awareness and funds for the Harrisonburg Schools Food Backpack Program, and our annual Guest Artist Series.  

Our Charity The Backpack Program is an initiative that distributes a weekend supply of healthy foods to kids in need. Bags go home in a participating child’s backpack on Friday afternoon. This supply of food is easy for children to open and/or prepare themselves. Families apply through an open enrollment each school year and are selected through a conference of administrators, counselors, teachers and staff. Backpack Programs are active in most of the area elementary schools, both city and county. While many students have benefited from funding to provide weekly Food Backpacks, there is a long  wait-list of local children still in need. Our goal to to help fully fund several more Backpacks for the upcoming year.

Our Guest Series brings performers and teachers of national and international acclaim to JMU for horn recitals, masterclasses, and other guest presentations.  Past Guest Artists have included: Kateřina Javůrková (Czech Philharmonic), Austin Larson (Baltimore Symphony),  William Caballero (Principal Horn, Pittsburgh Symphony), Andrew Pelletier (Soloist and Horn Professor at BGSU), Douglas Hill (Emeritus Professor, University of Wisconsin - Madison), Zachary Smith (Associate Principal horn, Pittsburgh Symphony), Shawn Hagen (Peabody Conservatory), Dan Wions (Principal Horn, Pennsylvania Ballet), and Abel Pereira (Principal Horn, National Symphony).

With support from local organizations, including:

                     ENERGIZING THE COMMUNITY FOR GOOD

                ENERGIZING THE COMMUNITY FOR GOOD


On Sunday, May 1st, 2016, the JMU Horn Society  ran 100 Miles and raised funds for The Mercy House and our Guest Artist Fund! Thank you to all who supported our event!

We raised $700 for The Mercy House, bringing our two year total donation amount to $2300!

 Following the amazingly successful 2015 Century Run, the JMU Horn Society will collectively run 100 miles at Purcell Park in Harrisonburg, Virginia, on May 1st, 2016. This year we will be inviting JMU Horn Society Alumni to participate as well, and hope to forge a strong connections with our JMU alums for years to come!  

Thank you for your encouragement and support!

 From L: Martha Blanks, Anteo Sanna, Kaitlyn Brown, Emily Williams, Ian Zook (and son), Grace Chan, Austin Frank, Zach Nicely, Ben Yehle, Ben Knicely, Dan Atwood)                  Not pictured but part of our Century Run were Olivia Lawson, Lincoln Marquis, Hunter Payne, and TJ Low!

From L: Martha Blanks, Anteo Sanna, Kaitlyn Brown, Emily Williams, Ian Zook (and son), Grace Chan, Austin Frank, Zach Nicely, Ben Yehle, Ben Knicely, Dan Atwood)                

Not pictured but part of our Century Run were Olivia Lawson, Lincoln Marquis, Hunter Payne, and TJ Low!

Please enjoy these pictures from our 1st enormously successful Century Run. We ran 117 miles and raised $1600 for The Mercy House!

The mission of Mercy House is to provide food, clothes, and shelter to homeless families with dependent children in the Harrisonburg, Virginia area in a safe community while providing services to help overcome the barriers leading to homelessness.

Special thanks to Rui Zhang for the photos from our 2015 Century Run!