Press Release – Music Education, American History, and U. S. Army Band Unite in "Liberty for All: A Musical Journey Volume 2 -"Westward Expansion-Industrial Revolution"

Music Education, American History, and U. S. Army Band Unite in “Liberty for All: A Musical Journey Volume 2 – ”Westward Expansion-Industrial Revolution”   Enhanced CD from MENC: The National Association for Music Education Features Musical Performances, Narration, Interactive Graphics, and Introduction by Former President George H. W. Bush   RESTON, VA (April 5, 2007) — Music education, American history, and new performances by the U. S. Army Band (Pershing’s Own) come together in “Liberty for All: A Musical Journey Volume 2 — Westward Expansion-Industrial Revolution,” an enhanced CD released by MENC: The National Association for Music Education. This unique resource traces America’s history from the beginning of Westward Expansion through the Industrial Revolution with musical performances, narration, interactive graphics, photos, timelines, and quizzes. Intended for use in the classroom as well as for entertainment, the CD-ROM includes a wealth of information on the development of the United States from the presidency of Thomas Jefferson to the end of World War I. The CD-ROM features six segments: “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “The Vision,” “Settling West,” “Conflict in the West,” “The Civil War,” and “A Nation United.” Featured narrators for these segments are former President George H. W. Bush, who also contributes the introduction, singer Joe Bonsall (the Oak Ridge Boys), Mrs. America 2006 Andrea Preuss, award-winning sportscaster Dick Enberg, and John Mahlmann, executive director of MENC. Track Listing: The Star-Spangled Banner — Key/Smith The Testament of Freedom — Thompson Shenandoah — Traditional American Overture for Band — Jenkins Oh Susannah — Foster The Cowboys — Williams Camptown Races — Foster America the Beautiful — Bates/Ward A Lincoln Portrait — Copland Beautiful Dreamer — Foster American Salute — Morton Gould The Army Goes Rolling Along — Arberg/Gruber “This new resource shows the important role music has played in the development of our nation,” said Mahlmann. “Teachers at the elementary and middle level will find it a valuable resource for their classrooms, and anyone who enjoys great music should add this CD to their collection. We are honored to have collaborated with former President Bush, the U.S. Army Band, and our other partners on this exciting project.” MENC has produced twenty free lesson plans for elementary and middle level general music to accompany the CD-ROM. The first “Liberty for All” release, featuring “The President’s Own U. S. Marine Band performing such inspirational patriotic tunes as “God Bless America,” “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” and “The Star Spangled Banner,” was recognized as a Gold Winner in the Interactive Media – ”Educational category in the 15th Annual GALAXY Awards Competition, sponsored by MerComm, Inc. “Liberty for All: A Musical Journey Volume 2 — Westward Expansion-Industrial Revolution” was produced by Altissimo! Recordings and INTER-TAIN Productions. Support was provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. To purchase, call MENC at 800-336-3768. List price: $18.00. MENC members receive the discounted price of $13.50. MENC: The National Association for Music Education, the world’s largest arts education organization, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. More than 130,000 members represent all levels of teaching from preschool to graduate school. Since 1907, MENC has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers. MENC’s activities and resources have been largely responsible for the establishment of music education as a profession, for the promotion and guidance of music study as an integral part of the school curriculum, and for the development of the National Standards for Arts Education. ###