NO. R-175.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the Harwood Union High School Music Department on being designated a 2003 Grammy Signature School.

(H.C.R.106)

Offered by:  Representatives Vincent of Waterbury, Connell of Warren, Donahue of Northfield, Dostis of Waterbury and Grad of Moretown.

Offered by:  Senator Cummings of Washington County, Senator Doyle of Washington County and Senator Scott of Washington County.

Whereas, musical appreciation, literacy, and performance are essential elements of the elementary and secondary school curriculum, and

Whereas, nationally, far too many schools have reduced or eliminated music education from their daily schedules, and

Whereas, as an incentive to encourage robust music education in our nation’s schools, the Grammy Foundation, the presenter of the Grammy Awards, annually designates 50 Grammy Signature Schools as high school Grammy Award recipients, and

Whereas, Harwood Union High School demonstrated to the competition’s judges a high commitment to music education as exemplified by such endeavors as the school’s symphonic band, whose bright and brassy performances have been heard at Farmer’s Night concerts in the well of the House of Representatives, and

Whereas, the judges were so impressed with Harwood’s entire music program, including the eight music staff, of which three are full‑time faculty, the school’s annual full‑length CD recording, the state’s largest private lesson program, and the incredible and sustained community support, that it was designated a 2003 Grammy Signature School, and they presented the school a $1,000.00 cash award for the furthering school’s musical activities, and

Whereas, selection as a Grammy Signature School is the result of an extremely rigorous review of a school’s music education offerings, and 20,000 applications are mailed to schools nationwide, and

Whereas, the selection committee consists of music educators from the Leonard Bernstein Center, the University of California at Los Angeles’s School of Music, the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, the California and Florida departments of education, and the Music Educators’ National Conference, and

Whereas, criteria considered included repertoire, concert programs, performance recordings, and other indicia of the school’s music education curriculum, and

Whereas, Harwood Union High School music teachers Chris Rivers (instrumental music), Bruce Sklar (jazz and music technology), and Diane Philips (vocal music), and their students can be extremely proud of this stunning educational accomplishment, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is pleased to congratulate the Harwood Union High School on being designated a 2003 Grammy Signature School, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Chris Rivers at Harwood Union High School.