Just received this photo and note from Chad Conant the Band Director at Shepherdstown Middle School. The Jazz Band there has been voted Best in the State again. Congratulations to all the musicians, and we are happy to play a small role in their success. To learn more about the Community Foundation’s Youth and Education Grants, click here.
On Feb. 26, the SMS Jazz Band was awarded 1st place in the middle school state-wide jazz competition. This earned the band the WV Honor Jazz Band Award for Middle School in 2017. We were invited to perform at the Charleston Civic Center on March 2 for the West Virginia Music Educators’ Conference, and we did! Just returned last night from the trip.
Michael, this level of achievement is possible because of the financial support of the EWVCF youth grants that the band has received. The Honor Concert was one of many this year during which the jazz band has brought the community and school together through their excellent performances of jazz music.
More to come in the grant report–just wanted to share the news and send thanks.