Thursday October 15, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT
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McKeesport Area High School
1960 Eden Park Blvd
McKeesport, PA 15132

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Claire Kreger-Boaz

 SupportMusic Community Forum!

McKeesport, PA|October 15, 2015

8:30 a.m. (ET) Pre-Interviews \ 9:00 a.m. (ET) Community Forum 

Celebrate Music!

The NAMM Foundation and the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus sponsored a video contest that answered the question, "What Makes Music Education Great in Your School?" Six winners were selected to host a two-day residency with The NAMM Foundation and the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus. 

Produced in collaboration with the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, the Community Forum fall tour begins in McKeesport, PA on the morning of October 15 to celebrate the benefits of music education, with a special focus on the community's commitment to assuring access and opportunity. See McKeesport Area High School's winning video here

Join Us!

Attend the McKeesport Community Forum in person by RSVPing today, OR watch the live stream, here


Pre-Show Interviews 

  • Peter Novoa, Lennon Bus Engineer
  • Beth Eger, Music Coordinator/Choral Director, McKeesport School District
  • Claire Kreger-Boaz, Project Manager NAMM/NAMM Foundation
  • Eric Ebel, Senior Project Manager NAMM/NAMM Foundation
  • Plus interviews with McKeesport Students!

Student Performances

  • 7th and 8th grade Band under the direction of Mr. Drew DeCarlo 
  • McKeesport Tiger Marching Band 
  • McKeesport High School Women’s Ensemble
  • McKeesport HS String Orchestra 

Moderator and Keynote 

 Moderator: Mark Despotakis, Director of Market Development, Progressive Music, NAMM Member and Music Education Advocate

 Keynote: Rula Skezas, Superintendent, MCkeesport School District

 Panels and Panelists:

Panel 1: Music Education in McKeesport Area School District

  • Amy Urban, McKeesport Area School District Elementary Music Teacher
  • Drew DeCarlo, McKeesport Area School District Middle School Music Teacher
  • Sarah Persin, McKeesport Area School District High School Music Teacher/Alumni
  • Danae Andrekanic, Orchestra parent
  • Jacob Garwood, 12 grade, orchestra
  • Talona Jones, 11th grade, choir and band

Panel 2: Policymaking

  • Karen Cole, McKeesport HS Band Director
  • Dennis Emert, PMEA President
  • Dr. Rula Skezas, McKeesport Area School District Superintendent
  • PA State Senator Jim Brewster, 45th District
  • PA State Representative Marc Gergely

Next Stop: Waxhaw, NC, 10/20, Cuthbertson High School

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