DHS music programs earn national honor

By May 6, 2011

Music programs at Davis High School got national recognition from the Grammy Foundation (part of the organization that presents the annual Grammy Awards) on Thursday night, with Grammy Foundation treasurer Tim Bucher (a 1986 graduate of UC Davis) appearing at the Davis School Board meeting to formally inform the school board trustees that Davis High has been named a Grammy Signature School by the foundation. Bucher presented a $2,500 check to support Davis High music programs.

It was the second time in recent years that the Grammy Foundation has honored Davis High for music programs — the first award to Davis High came in 2007.

“We recognize schools that are just outstanding in music programs,” Bucher said. “We all know that the state is in an emergency situation (for education funding). So I am thrilled to present Davis High School with this award, and recognize their incredible faculty for keeping the spirit alive.”

Bucher noted that the music program at Davis High includes “four choirs, three orchestras and several bands. Their application (for the award) stood out among the others. “

Music teachers Bill Zinn and Karen Gardias, along with Davis High Band Boosters president John Horn, Davis High School principal Jacqui Moore and parent Hiram Jackson (who was principally responsible for completing the application for the award), gathered with a group of music students from Davis High to receive the award. Other Davis high music teachers, including band teacher Fred Lange and orchestra teacher Angelo Moreno, were not present because they were conducting rehearsals.

Jackson, who has been a supporter of school music programs for several years, noted that “my daughter, who is a high school senior, has been in the music program for many years. And my eight-year-old is interested in joining the music program as a fourth-grader next year.”

“Our music program has really grown,” Jackson said. At Davis High, student participation in school music programs roughly parallels student participation in school sports programs — a statistic that is not common in many other school districts.

Jackson added that “The Davis School Arts Foundation has provided choir stipends to elementary schools, which has produced our largest-ever enrollment in elementary music. We all work together, because it takes eight years to develop a high school cohort (of student musicians). If we can sustain and support that interest, I think you’ll see the best is yet to come.”

Bucher, who studied agriculture at UC Davis, showed off a special basket of local olive oil he had received from the university as a gift. School board president Richard Harris suggested to Bucher  that fellow school board trustee Tim Taylor also “has a bottle of cabernet for you” as well.

Trustee Sheila Allen said, “Our music program is growing. If any of you haven’t had a chance to hear our bands, orchestras and choirs, please take the opportunity to see the amazing talents of our students and the fruits of our labor.”

— Reach Jeff Hudson at [email protected] or (530) 747-8055.

Jeff Hudson

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