Harrison High School has earned semi-finalist status in the Grammy Foundation’s Grammy Signature Schools program for 2013. The program recognizes public high schools that make “an outstanding commitment” to music education. Out of an applicant pool of 20,000 schools, Harrison is one of 14 schools from New York and the only school from Westchester to be selected. Finalists will be named in mid-March; winners will receive grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.
In a statement, Harrison Superintendent Louis Wool said, “Our district views exposure to an experience in fine arts and performing arts as an essential part of a student’s development. To that end, we provide a rich and diversified arts experience for all our students.”
The Grammy Award and the Grammy Foundation are offshoots of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Science.
It’s easy to see why the academy would take note of Harrison’s music program. The school’s musicians have performed at music festivals in Atlanta and Chicago; its marching band performed at the 50th anniversary of the Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii last December. The chorus and orchestra are booked for a festival performance in Boston this spring.