MENC is one of only 11 organizations nationally to receive an Award of Excellence in the third round of the 2008 Associations Advance America (AAA) Awards program, a national competition sponsored by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) & The Center for Association Leadership, Washington, DC.
MENC received the award for its 2008 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band, a program that recognizes the nation’s finest student marching musicians with “All-American” status. 2008 was the program’s inaugural year.
Now in its 18th year, the prestigious Associations Advance America (AAA) Awards recognize associations that “propel America forward” — with innovative projects in education, skills training, standard-setting, business and social innovation, knowledge creation, citizenship, and community service.
“We are very proud to receive this recognition from ASAE,” said John J. Mahlmann, executive director of MENC. “Through the All-American Marching Band, MENC and our partners were able to reach members of the public who might not have recognized the value of school music programs. By spotlighting the accomplishments of student musicians in the same way as are those of student athletes, we believe this program advances America.”
—Elizabeth Lasko, June 23, 2008. © MENC: The National Association for Music Education