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.