Honoka’a High School Selected by the Grammy Foundation as a Signature School

Honoka’a High School Band Director Gary Washburn will accept a special Grammy Award for the school, in Honoka’a Thursday

Honoka'a Band

Honoka'a Band at the State Capital

Media Release:

The GRAMMY Foundation® (www.grammyfoundation.com) today announced that 36 schools nationwide have been selected as GRAMMY® Signature Schools (www.grammyintheschools.com) for 2011. Created in 1998, the GRAMMY Signature Schools program recognizes top U.S. public high schools that are making an outstanding commitment to music education during an academic school year. GRAMMY Signature Schools are made possible in part through the generous support of Best Buy, Campbell’s Labels For Education program, the Ford Motor Company Fund, Gibson Foundation, and the Hot Topic Foundation.

“The GRAMMY Signature Schools program exemplifies the GRAMMY Foundation’s commitment to fostering excellence in music education in public high schools,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation. “With the generous support of our partners, we’ve been able to grant the largest number of GRAMMY Signature Schools awards in recent history, with 36 public high schools in communities across the United States receiving this recognition. I am especially proud that this year in the Enterprise Award category for economically underserved schools, we have announced the largest number of recipients in the GRAMMY Foundation’s history.”
Each of the 36 GRAMMY Signature Schools will receive a custom award and a monetary grant to benefit its music program. The top seven schools are designated Gold recipients. The best of the Gold recipients is named the National GRAMMY Signature School. The National GRAMMY Signature School will receive $15,000, and the six remaining Gold schools each will receive $5,500. Two remaining GRAMMY Signature Schools recipients will receive a grant award of $2,500 to benefit their music programs. In the Enterprise Award category, which recognizes efforts made by schools that are economically underserved, 27 schools will receive a grant of $5,500 each.
The Complete List of 2011 GRAMMY Signature Schools:
2011 National GRAMMY Signature School ($15,000)
Pioneer High School — Ann Arbor, Mich.
2011 GRAMMY Signature Schools Gold ($5,500 each)
Allen High School — Allen, Texas
David Douglas High School — Portland, Ore.
Flower Mound High School — Flower Mound, Texas
Neuqua Valley High School — Naperville, Ill.
Plano West Senior High School — Plano, Texas
Waubonsie Valley High School — Aurora, Ill.
2011 GRAMMY Signature Schools ($2,500 each)
Davis Senior High School — Davis, Calif.
Marin School of the Arts at Novato High — Novato, Calif.
2011 GRAMMY Signature Schools Enterprise Award ($5,500 each)
Allendale High School — Allendale, Mich.
Arizona School for the Arts — Phoenix
Bessemer City High School — Bessemer City, N.C.
Bladensburg High School — Bladensburg, Md.
Boston Arts Academy — Boston
Canyon Crest Academy — San Diego
City Neighbors High School — Baltimore
Claude High School — Claude, Texas
Eminence R-1 High School — Eminence, Mo.
Emmirich Manual High School — Indianapolis
Glencliff High School — Nashville, Tenn.
Hamilton High School Academy of Music — Los Angeles
Honoka’a High School — Honoka’a, Hawaii
Iroquois High School Magnet Career Academy  — Louisville, Ky.
J. Graham Brown School — Louisville, Ky.
James Madison High School — Brooklyn, N.Y.
Mariposa County High School — Mariposa, Calif.
Middletown High School — Middletown, Md.
New Orleans Center for Creative Arts — New Orleans
Perry-Lecompton High School — Perry, Kan.
Rocky Mountain High School — Fort Collins, Colo.
Santee Education Complex — Los Angeles
Scotts Valley High School — Scotts Valley, Calif.
South Albany High School — Albany, Ore.
Springville High School — Springville, Iowa
Stewartville High School — Stewartville, Minn.
Unity High School — Mendon, Ill.
HHS student Gabriel Ramirez, Miles Okumura, band director Gary Washburn (Photo Catherine Tarleton)

HHS student Gabriel Ramirez, Miles Okumura, and band director Gary Washburn (Photo Catherine Tarleton)

About Gary Washburn

  • Gary has been teaching at Honoka’a High and Elementary School for 34 years
  • Recently awarded  a “Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction Award” by the National Society of High School Scholars.
  • He has also released a CD of original compositions, “A Life In A Day” by the group Justin Thyme, a jazz-fusion album produced by Milan Entertainment and ex-Motown producer Kent Washburn.  The album is a project to fulfill a National Endowment for the Arts Grant awarded to Gary.

About the HHS Band:

  • Last year the band recieved a NAMM Award (National Association of Music Merchandisers) as one of the best communities in the US for music education.
  • Recognized on NPR “From the Top”
  • Just completed their annual tour of Oahu to celebrate “National Jazz Appreciation Month”. They performed 7 concerts during the 4-day tour, including the Shriners Hospital and “Dots” dining club, Windward Mall, Ala Moana Center Stage, Royal Hawaiian Center and finally the Honolulu Academy of Arts in celebration of the Academy’s 84th birthday.
  • Opened for the Royal Hawaiian Band at Iolani Palace where they were presented Certificates recognizing their accomplishments by the House and Senate.
  • Recorded their 10th CD which will be available the end of July or early August.

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