179 students representing 51 schools participated in the 2013 Summer Honor Band program
- our annual week-long honor band day camp that rehearsed from June 10th - 15th,
and which culminated in a performance in the Magnificat Performing Arts Auditorium
on June 15th.
The concert featured Honor Band 1 & Honor Band 2 performing a wide variety of musical
selections, and featured special guest Robert Sheldon who conducted the World Premiere
performances of two of his new musical compositions commission by MusicAlliance through
a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts: “Open Road” (performed by Honor
Band 2) and “Storm Warning” (performed by Honor Band 1).
MusicAlliance is a non-profit 501c3 music education & performing arts organization
founded in 2004 and based in Mentor, Ohio which provides school band programs for
30 schools throughout the Cleveland metropolitan area with a staff of 12 teachers
and also which operates honor band programs which include both non-public and public
school students and a new band program for homeschooled students.
We believe that studying a musical instrument has many far reaching benefits which
play an essential role in the creative, social, emotional, and cognitive development
of children. Participation in band helps to cultivate a greater love, appreciation,
and understanding of music - one of humanity's oldest art forms and means of expression.
Learning to make music in a school band program fosters a sense of belonging and
accomplishment while also promoting self-esteem, self-confidence, self-expression,
self-discipline, teamwork, and organizational skills.
Scientific research into the effects of studying music continue to produce new data
about music's relationship to brainpower and academic success. University research
studies have shown that students who participate in instrumental music score significantly
higher than their non-band peers in standardized tests (such as the S.A.T.). Furthermore,
significant correlations have been found between the number of years of instrumental
music instruction and academic achievement in math, science, and language arts.1
When you consider the positive force that music education can be in the lives of
both children and adults, we think you will agree that Music is Instrumental to a
1 Source: University of Sarasota Study, Jeffrey Lynn Kluball; East Texas State University
Study, Daryl Erick Trent
MUSICALLIANCE ENHANCES ITS 2013 HONOR BAND PROGRAMS THROUGH A GRANT FROM THE NATIONAL
ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS “Arts Education in American Communities” PROGRAM
The $10,000 grant award was used to bring in a group of professional jazz musicians
that served as clinicians for our 2013 Jazz Honor Band program and to commission
noted band composer Robert Sheldon to write two musical compositions for our 2013
Summer Honor Band program. Mr. Sheldon composed a musical selection for both Honor
Band 1 and Honor Band 2 and rehearsed the music with the bands during this summer’s
June Honor Band camp. He conducted the premiers of these new musical compositions
at the Summer Honor Band concert on June 15th. MusicAlliance would like to thank
all of the guest artists who came in to work with our honor band participants and
the National Endowment for the Arts for making it possible for us to further enrich
the wonderful creative educational experiences that our honor band programs provide.