Music programs at Stonewall Jackson High and Bull Run Middle lauded
Posted on 04/30/2018
Stonewall Jackson High School choral ensembleThe National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation has recognized Stonewall Jackson High School and Bull Run Middle School for demonstrating exceptional commitment and consistent access to music education. The finding is based on research conducted at The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas and survey results. The PWCS schools are among four honored in Virginia and in 35 states and the District of Columbia with the NAMM Foundation’s SupportMusic Merit Award.

“We are pleased that two of our school music programs received this honor, which is awarded to less than one-fifth of one percent of schools nationwide. This is a testament to the dedication of the staff, students and parents at Bull Run Middle and Stonewall Jackson High,” said PWCS Music Supervisor Ed Stephenson.

To be considered, schools must complete a lengthy application addressing everything from course offerings to amount of instructional time provided, music teacher qualifications, and administrative support. It is a “school-only” distinction awarded as part of the Best Communities for Music Education recognition program of the NAMM.

Stonewall Jackson High currently has six choirs, three orchestras, two concert bands, a marching band, two after-school jazz bands, and one guitar class. Approximately 475 students are enrolled in these different ensembles. In the past four years, the Stonewall Jackson music department has received the Virginia Music Education Association’s Blue Ribbon Award three times.

The Blue Ribbon Award is given to schools in Virginia whose top band, orchestra, and choir all receive superior ratings at district concert assessments. In addition to this, the Stonewall Jackson music department has earned the NAMM SupportMusic Merit Award three consecutive years, and routinely earns superior ratings at music festivals and competitions. The choirs earned First Place Gold with two different choirs in Nashville, TN, and won the Adjudicator’s Trophy and Grand Sweepstakes Trophy. The music department is comprised of Vincent Bryk, band director; Wandalyn Boley, choir director; and Jennifer Malechek, orchestra director.

Bull Run Middle School currently has eight choirs, three orchestras, three concert bands, an after-school chamber orchestra, a jazz band, and a drama club. Approximately 1,055 students are enrolled in these different ensembles. The music programs at Bull Run Middle consistently earn ratings of excellent and superior in district concert assessments. In addition to this, the Bull Run music department has earned the NAMM SupportMusic Merit Award two years and routinely earns superior ratings at music festivals and competitions. The music department is comprised of Alicia Brodt and Danielle Spriggs, choir directors; Leslie Lydick, orchestra director; and Mark Malechek, band director.