The Rockville High School Music Department has been named a finalist for the 2010 GRAMMY Signature Schools program. Rockville is one of 140 finalists nationwide, four within the state of Maryland, and the only school in Montgomery County.
The GRAMMY Signature Schools program, sponsored by the Gibson Foundation, recognizes and awards public high school music programs each year. Each GRAMMY Signature School receives a monetary grant from $1000 to $10,000 to benefit their music program. In an effort to increase local recognition of these excellent music programs and the importance of continuing music education in schools, the GRAMMY Foundation secures professional musicians to participate at GRAMMY Signature presentation events. Guest artists have included Yolanda Adams, Dave Chapelle, Bob Seger, Josh Kelley, Randy Travis, Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child, No Doubt, Michael McDonald, Ray Benson, Shawn Colvin, Billy Corgan, Gavin DeGraw, Edwin McCain, Brian McKnight, Lisa Marie Presley, Chuck Rainey, Darius Rucker of Hootie & the Blowfish, Juan Winans and Carvin Winans, Jr.
A blue-ribbon panel of judges, made up of top music educators and industry professionals, will narrow the list of finalists down to 20-25 schools to be designated as GRAMMY Signature Schools. Schools warranting consideration have to submit a detailed application outlining what their music department offers the student population, as well as support the music department receives from administration, parents and the community. Finalists must also submit recordings of various school ensembles to be heard and judged by the panel.
The 2010 GRAMMY Signature Schools will be announced in March.