This March-April Give a Note Foundation is hosting its fourth annual Music In Our Schools – Music Inspires Tour, and Ramona High School will be the fifth stop. This year along with Radio Disney and Radio Disney Country, the CMA Foundation is joining by matching grants to the six schools selected for the Tour – with a total of $30,000 to be presented to schools for their music programs.
After more than 60,000 views of the 12 semifinalist schools’ videos for the 2017 Music In Our Schools – Music Inspires Tour, during which viewers voted daily for their favorite schools last fall, Ramona High School in Riverside, CA, was among the six schools selected to be part of the Tour. Ramona High School will be presented a “big check” from Give a Note Foundation for $2,500, which will be matched by the CMA Foundation. The CMA Foundation has also named music educator Brian Gallagher a 2017 CMA Music Teacher of Excellence and will attend a celebratory dinner hosted by five-time CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town Wednesday, April 26, at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, the home of CMA Music Festival’s Nightly Concerts.
At the March 24 Tour stop, Radio Disney artist Erin Bowman will join in celebrating the talented students with a performance at their school hosted by Radio Disney’s Morgan. Sierra Middle School’s band, under the direction of Jessica Pradetto, will join the Ramona High School band in a performance. Ramona High School will also be presented an honorary Radio Disney Music Awards (RDMA) “ARDY” Statuette.
“The gift of music that you are giving us is amazing, and I hope will show our students that someone out there believes in them and what they do daily.”
“The grants from the Give a Note Foundation and CMA Foundation help our program to continue to keep reaching our goals,” said Ramona Director of Bands Brian Gallagher. “We have a significant number of broken instruments. Often students cannot afford their own instruments, so we attempt to provide quality instruments for all of our students. The grant funds will help us purchase new instruments to be used daily in our room. The gift of music that you are giving us is amazing, and I hope will show our students that someone out there believes in them and what they do daily.”
“We are excited to be part of the Music In Our Schools Tour and feel very fortunate to receive these grants to help us keep music as a major part of our school and community,” said Ramona High School assistant principal John Tibbles. “The opportunities you are helping provide are going to make a positive impact on these young people and hopefully inspire them to keep working hard to reach their goals.”
Following are the dates and schools for the 2017 Music In Our Schools Tour, including the schools of two Tri-M® Music Honor Society chapters and the colleges/universities of two collegiate NAfME chapters that raised the most donations for Give a Note during the fall’s “Music Ed Matters” Chapter Challenge October 1-December 31:
- March 3: University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO (Collegiate winner)
- March 10: Collinsville High School, Collinsville, IL (Tri-M winner)
- March 15: Salina South Middle School, Salina, KS
- March 17: Joliet Central High School, Joliet, IL
- March 24: Ramona High School, Riverside, CA
- March 29: Wenatchee High School, Wenatchee, WA
- April 5: James Otis Elementary, Boston, MA
- April 6: Marblehead High School, Marblehead, MA (Tri-M winner)
- April 7: Rhode Island College, Providence, RI (Collegiate winner)
- April 21: Tar River Elementary, Franklinton, NC
Give a Note offers special thanks to Jersey Mike’s for providing catering for the tour stop at Ramona High School.
To learn more about Give a Note Foundation and the Music In Our Schools Tour, visit www.giveanote.org and follow the hashtag #MusicInspires. Be sure to follow the Tour on Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
For Give a Note Foundation:
(703) 860-4000 ext. 230
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About the Give a Note Foundation
About the CMA Foundation: CMA created the nonprofit 501(c)(3) CMA Foundation in 2011. Guided by the generosity of the Country Music community, the CMA Foundation focuses on improving and sustaining music education programs everywhere while supporting worthwhile causes important to the Country Music Association. In 2017, the CMA Foundation has earmarked a record $3.1 million to 44 in- and after-school music education programs across the country, bringing the Foundation’s total contributions to date to $17.5 million.