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The FMEA Conference held in Tampa showcases Hillsborough County students in All-State Music Performances

HCPS students shine at Florida Music Education Association Conference

February 06, 2017

More than 10,000 attendees, including music educators, school administrators, K-12 students performing in the All-State ensembles, college students, and professional musicians converged on Tampa in January for the 2017. The Florida Music Educator’s Professional Development Conference is one of the largest music education professional development events in the United States.

This year’s conference theme, “Diversity in Music Education, Music for All!”, was celebrated in approximately 250 clinic sessions and concerts, including the All-State Bands, Orchestras, and Choruses.

Brian Dell, the band director at H.B. Plant High School, said, “I am so proud of Hillsborough County Public Schools for our representation this year at FMEA. I have been teaching in Hillsborough County for 13 years and this year is by far the most students selected to the audition bands. This is a result of the effort of the directors, students, and their parents. Congrats to all of you!”

Dell was the coordinator for the All-State Symphonic Band. High School juniors and seniors statewide auditioned for this band and the best of the best were selected. The band members rehearsed for more than 18 hours over three days under the tutelage of Dr. William K. Wakefield, the professor of music, director of bands and coordinator of instrumental ensembles at the University Of Oklahoma School Of Music before a Saturday afternoon concert at the Tampa Convention Center.

Student musicians from all areas including chorus, orchestra, jazz band and guitar followed similar protocols including a chorus of elementary school students. Several ensembles from Hillsborough County were invited to perform demonstrations during music clinics including Dell’s Wind Ensemble from Plant High School and Gaither High School’s Jazz Band.

Individual educators as well as schools themselves received awards and recognition from the state for their support and excellence in music education. Anita Travaglino, a music teacher at Maniscalco Elementary School, received the FMEA Elementary Music Educator of the Year award. Seven Hillsborough County schools received awards for the percentage of students enrolled in a music education class including: Walker Middle Magnet, Progress Village Middle Magnet, Benito Middle, Burns Middle, Williams Middle Magnet, Davidsen Middle and Martinez Middle Schools.

For a list of Hillsborough County students performing in All-State ensembles please click here.

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