Shepherdstown musicians in D.C.

Students from the Shepherdstown Middle School Jazz Band traveled to Washington, D.C., last week to take part in a ceremony put on by the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, the National Association of Music Merchants and the National Association for Music Education. The band received instruments from the non-profit VH1 foundation and then  went on to win a state jazz band competition. The March 20 ceremony honored U.S. Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, along with state Division of Culture and History Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith for their commitment to West Virginia music education programs. The VH1 foundation has provided more than $1 million for music education in 35 schools in 30 counties. Smith says that will expand to 45 schools in 36 counties this year.

Students from the Shepherdstown Middle School Jazz Band traveled to Washington, D.C., last week to take part in a ceremony put on by the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, the National Association of Music Merchants and the National Association for Music Education. The band received instruments from the non-profit VH1 foundation and then went on to win a state jazz band competition. The March 20 ceremony honored U.S. Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, along with state Division of Culture and History Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith for their commitment to West Virginia music education programs. The VH1 foundation has provided more than $1 million for music education in 35 schools in 30 counties. Smith says that will expand to 45 schools in 36 counties this year.

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