At O'Fallon (Illinois) Township High School, when school ends, music can still be heard drifting through the halls as high school musicians guide middle schoolers in after-school private lessons. The program is just one of many opportunities created by Dr. Melissa Gustafson-Hinds — known as Dr. G — to connect band students of all ages together.
A school's music program can be a catalyst for uniting the community with ensembles serving as ambassadors not only around campus but also around town. To achieve this kind of success, support is required on all fronts.
The halls of Robert McQueen High School in Reno, Nevada, are buzzing with excitement and anticipation for the summer. It's not the typical end-of-the-school-year eagerness that has these teenagers bouncing in their seats; it's a 16-day tour of Europe, featuring the McQueen High School Orchestra.
As the language of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) becomes more familiar to educators, administrators and the general public, district officials must consider how the new law will impact their schools' strategies to provide all children with a "well-rounded" education.
Mobilized by band director Sean Furilla, the community of Canton, Georgia, came together in a widespread show of support for the Marie Archer Teasley Middle School band when parents, staff and community members worked to win five brass and woodwind instruments from Yamaha worth $20,000.