District named Best Community for Music Education

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The district has been named a 2015 Best Community for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants and the University of Kansas.

The district is one of 388 throughout the nation and 110 across New York state to earn the distinction. The Best Communities designation, in its 16th year, recognizes districts that demonstrate exceptional commitment and efforts toward maintaining music education as part of the schools’ core curriculum.

Among the several musical highlights the district has enjoyed this year, several students were named NYSSMA All-State musicians and All-County musicians; the high school’s marching band performed at the Annual Newsday Marching Band festival; the middle school’s marching band was featured in the Babylon Veterans Day Parade; two choir students were invited to perform at the All-Eastern Conference; 48 music students from grades five through 10 performed at the All-County Music Festival; middle school music students performed at the New York State Capitol Building; and one student was selected to sing at the All-County Jazz Ensemble’s performance at the State Capitol.

“We are thrilled for the wonderful families, teachers and students of North Babylon to be honored this way,” District Music and Arts Director Dr. Kim Lowenborg-Coyne said. “They are passionate supporters of music education, and their devotion shoes in the outstanding artistic achievements of our kids. Thank you, NAMM, for this terrific award.”