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2015 Honor Band Recap - Coming Soon!

168 students representing 52 schools participated in the 2014 Summer Honor Band program - our annual week-long honor band day camp that rehearsed from June 16th - 21st, and which culminated in a performance in the Magnificat Performing Arts Auditorium on June 21st.   The concert featured Honor Bands 1 & 2 performing a wide variety of musical selections, and featured special guest Dr. Scott Watson 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: “Super Hero” (performed by Honor Band 2) and “Der Erlkönig” (performed by Honor Band 1).

June 2014

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 which also operates honor band programs that 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 Sound Education!

1 Source: University of Sarasota Study, Jeffrey Lynn Kluball; East Texas State University Study, Daryl Erick Trent


The grant award was used to bring in a group of professional jazz musicians to serve as clinicians for our 2015 Jazz Honor Band program and to commission composer Chris Bernotas to write two musical compositions for our 2015 Summer Honor Band program.  Mr. Bernotas composed a musical selection for both Honor Band 1 and Honor Band 2 and was present at our June Honor Band Camp from to rehearse his compositions with the honor bands.  He also conducted the premiers of these new musical compositions at the Summer Honor Band concert on June 14th.   MusicAlliance would like to thank 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.



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