B-CC High School Music Program Receives GRAMMY

September 20, 2004
The music department of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School was one of four recipients of a special “GRAMMY on the Hill” award from the Washington, D.C., Recording Academy at a ceremony on September 8. The awards were presented to groups or individuals who have demonstrated outstanding support for the musical arts, musicians, and music education programs.

Other winners of the award were Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Representative Mary Bono, and recording artist Natalie Cole.

Under the supervision of music teachers Marshall White and Matthew Hartman, student participation in the music program at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School has grown significantly in the past few years, with more than one-fourth of students participating in one or more music classes. The music curriculum includes an International Baccalaureate program of music classes.

More than 200 students participate in instrumental groups, which include two bands, two orchestras, a jazz band, a jazz combo, and a string quartet. Ninety students participate in a concert choir or madrigals group. In addition, students have been successful in county, state, and national music competitions, including superior ratings for the jazz band, orchestra, and ensembles at the New Orleans Music Festival.

Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School is one of 41 GRAMMY Foundation signature schools. The Foundation rewards excellence in public high school music programs through grants and awards.

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