Press Release: Student Voices from Around the Globe Join Together in the Inaugural "Concert for Music In Our Schools Month"

Popular Event Sponsored by National Association for Music Education Raises Awareness of the Importance of Music in School, Features School Ensembles and Special Guest Hosts

RESTON, VA (February 15, 2012) – The National Association for Music Education presents The Concert for Music In Our Schools Month (formerly the World’s Largest Concert® or WLC®) in March 2012. The World’s Largest Concert has been a highlight of Music In Our Schools Month® (MIOSM®) since 1985. A sing-along concert linking students around the world through music, the World’s Largest Concert reached an estimated 6 million students, teachers, and music supporters in recent years.

A DVD and mp4 download of the program, featuring special guest hosts and video appearances of school ensembles from around the nation, is available for purchase from NAfME at (The school ensembles are listed at the end of this release.) Teachers are encouraged to show the concert video throughout the month of March, and to invite the rest of their school and members of their communities to attend and sing along in this important advocacy event in support of school music programs. Local public access channels are also encouraged to request the DVD and broadcast the show throughout the month of March. (Check local listings.)

For the first time, the video program features special guest hosts who illustrate the concert theme of “Music Lasts a Lifetime.” From a high school percussionist and choir member, to a U.S. Army Band member and an American Idol participant turned math teacher, all of the hosts represent the fact that active participation in music takes place throughout life.

The 2012 concert program includes “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “Discussin’ Percussion,” “Rock Island Line,” “Feel the Beat,” “El Vito,” “Dona Nobis Pacem,” and “Everlasting Melody.”

Once again, the Hal Leonard Corporation of Milwaukee, WI, provides the vocal and piano accompaniment scores, full performance and rehearsal tracks, and lesson plans for use in preparation for the concert. The recording of “The Star Spangled Banner” was generously provided by Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, of McGraw-Hill Education, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies.
The NAfME members whose school ensembles are featured in the concert are (in state order):

Debra Hutson Legacy Elementary School Madison, AL
Elaine Bartee Jonesboro Visual and Performing Arts School Jonesboro, AR
Tina McGrew Langston Aerospace and Environmental Magnet School Hot Springs, AR
Shelly O’Dell Benton County School of the Arts Rogers, AR
Teddi English Westwind Intermediate School Phoenix, AZ
Ellen Collord Martin Luther King and Highland Elementary School Seaside, CA
Kerri Epps Providencia Elementary School Burbank, CA
Victoria Lanier Providencia Elementary School Burbank, CA
Sarah Gleason Saxe Middle School New Canaan, CT
Heather Meachen J. Milton Jeffrey School Madison, CT
Kristen Franzen Progress Village Middle Magnet School of the Arts Tampa, FL
Rhonda Lane Battlefield Elementary School Fort Oglethorpe, GA
Mary Moore-Breeding Eastside Elementary School Douglasville, GA
Gina Royal Ben Hill Primary School Fitzgerald, GA
JeNene Anderson Idaho Science and Technology Charter Middle School Blackfoot, ID
Elizabeth Kelch Rockdale School Rockdale, IL
Shequez Morman North Side Intermediate School Anderson, IN
Fred Zimmerman Frank Rushton Elementary School Kansas City, KS
Nancy Bacon Newport Primary School Newport, KY
Janet Barkley Holy Name School Henderson, KY
Debby Duda G. C. Burkhead Elementary School Elizabethtown, KY
Carol Cline Cypress Cove Elementary School Slidell, LA
Robin Kelley Esten School Rockland, MA
Christina Whittlesey Parker Middle School Chelmsford, MA
Linda Louisell Vowles Elementary School Mt. Pleasant, MI
Torris Bell Baker Elementary School Jackson, MS
Mynette Minshew Pearl Upper Elementary School Pearl, MS
Cheryl Burford Clyde Erwin Elementary Magnet School Jacksonville, NC
Jessica Ferguson Mulberry Elementary School North Wilkesboro, NC
Monica Jones Fox Road Elementary School Raleigh, NC
Eleanor Nesbitt Alamance Elementary School Greensboro, NC
Rachel Sawyer Patton High School Morganton, NC
Lori Mirabal Kent Place School Summit, NJ
Susan Oliveto Island Trees Memorial Middle School Levittown, NY
Valerie Ransbottom Cornwall Central Middle School Cornwall, NY
Elise Sobol Rosemary Kennedy School Wantagh, NY
Rose Mary Warnecke Fort Jennings Elementary School Ft. Jennings, OH
Angela Rose Territorial Elementary School Junction City, OR
Barbara Burns Carolina Springs Elementary School Lexington, SC
James McClary Hardy Elementary School Chattanooga, TN
Marsha Barley Daniel Morgan Middle School Winchester, VA
Melinda Bauers Waples Mill Elementary School Oakton, VA
Cathy Foster Waples Mill Elementary School Oakton, VA
Debra Lindsay Crestwood Elementary School Springfield, VA
Alice Real Crestwood Elementary School Springfield, VA
Maritza Sadowsky Jamestown Elementary School Arlington, VA
Pat Deming Grass Lake Elementary School Kent, WA
Sharon Johnson Grass Lake Elementary School Kent, WA
Leslie Schneider Valley View Elementary School Ellensburg, WA
Anne Uimonen Neely-O’Brien Elementary School Kent, WA
Patrick Stolz St. Mary’s Catholic School Cheyenne, WY

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National Association for Music Education, among the world’s largest arts education organizations, marked its centennial in 2007 as the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. Through membership of more than 75,000 active, retired, and pre-service music teachers, and with 60,000 honor students and supporters, NAfME serves millions of students nationwide through activities at all teaching levels, from preschool to graduate school. NAfME’s mission is to advance music education by encouraging the study and making of music by all. Since 1907, NAfME 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. NAfME 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.

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