GALVESTON — The Galveston Independent School District has been awarded as one of the Best Communities for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation for 2014.

This year, the NAMM Foundation will designate 376 districts as Best Communities for Music Education and 96 schools as Support Music Merit Award winners. These districts and schools set the bar in offering students access to comprehensive music education.

The BCME program applauds the efforts of teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders working to assure that music education is part of the core curriculum.

Galveston ISD has again been chosen as one of the Best Communities for Music Education.

“In the midst of our struggles post Hurricane Ike, with diminished funding from the state for the past several years, our school board has been supportive of keeping music in every school and available to every child,” said Stephen Duncan, director of fine arts. “We live in a community filled with art and music. Few towns of less than 50,000 people in the nation have their own symphony, their own ballet, theaters and art galleries. Galveston is a community where people make a living in the arts and that certainly makes us a wonderful place for arts education.”

GISD is one of 29 districts in Texas named to the list, and the only district in Galveston County.

Band Central Station (the local member of NAMM) will make the official presentation later this semester.

(4) comments

Walter Manuel

Congratulations to everyone at GISD and in the city of Galveston for making such a difference in the lives of your children's education success that you would receive such recognition!

Good things are in fact happening in Galveston schools! [thumbup]

George Croix

It's not just entertainment. It's not a throwdown course for students.
It's darned hard work and teaches not only self-discipline but also teamwork and the need for each person to do their part of the bigger picture well.


I, of coarse agree with gecroix and Mr. Manuel,..132 3/4 per cent! It is just good to watch excellence,...and hard work ethics in action! I would like to emphasize what gecroix and Mr. Manuel mentioned below and that is, foster the correct environment for all this to happen is VERY IMPORTANT,..and it took teamwork and people doing what was needed in order to be successful! This WAS a success!
Two things in regards to why I place so much value on all this, then I will quit.
1) Success breeds success!
2) One of the things I live my life by is something Doctor King said in a speech years ago in order to inspire a bunch of kids, but in doing so he also inspired me to be a better man. He said this:

“If it falls to your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music ... Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the host of heaven and earth will have to pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

Beau Rawlins

Jbgood. I will be using your quote of Mr ML King at our Board meeting Wed. night. Thanks to all for the wonderful comments. We have more work to do, but we are a whole lot closer to where we want to be!

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