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Bobby Lambert (Wando HS) article in March Instrumentalist (3/14/2017)
Wando HS director and longtime Charms user Bobby Lambert has written an excellent article on the techniques he uses to lead his music organization, published in the March issue of The Instrumentalist -- check it out, and congrats, Bobby!

GMEA Music Educator award to Michael Thomas (1/26/2017)
Congrats to longtime Charms director Michael Thomas of Valdosta HS, on being awarded the Georgia Music Educator of the Year, at the GMEA conference!!!

Fontainebleau band featured on local New Orleans TV news  (8/1/2016)
The Fontainebleau HS band, New Orleans, LA, was recently featured on WDSU-TV for the impromptu playing they did for four Sheriff, Police and Fire stations during their band camp in July. http://www.wdsu.com/news/hs-band-tips-hat-to-police-with-special-music/40816584/

11th Hour from KFHS selected for ACDA National in 2017! (6/23/2016)
Congratulations to the Kettering Fairmont High School 11th Hour vocal group on being selected to perform at the ACDA National Conference in Minneapolis 2017. this group has performed at ACDA National before, and was featured on the NBC show The Sing Off, which launched the world-wide careers of some other famous Charms students!! Twitter Link

Mike Howard of Vandegrift HS in Instrumentalist (3/30/2016)
Check out the interview with Vandegrift HS band director Mike Howard (Charms user since 2009!) in the April issue of The Instrumentalist!

Kerry Bryant wins GMEA Educator of the Year Award (3/2/2016)
Sincere congratulations goes out to longtime Charms user Kerry Bryant, of Adairsville HS in Georgia, for receiving the 2016 GMEA Music Educator of the Year award!!! Kerry has taught for 26 years, and is a great example of a successful Charms user! He says that "Charms is vital to our program, and is, indeed, "undowithoutable!" Here is a link to a .pdf of the press release: http://www.bartow.k12.ga.us/dynimg/_OCAAA_/docid/0x0AAF067B274509E4/226/Kerry%2BMusic%2BAward.pdf

Alabama student finalist in Marine Band Concerto Competition (2/9/2016)
Congratulations to ABA Past-President, Rusty Courson, the Smiths Station Band program and Camron Bryant, a senior French Horn player from Smiths Station! Camron is one of seven finalists from throughout the United States in the Presidents Own United States Marine Band Concerto Competition, which will take place this Saturday, February 13th, at 2:00 PM ET/1:00 PM CT. The finals competition will be in a recital format open to the public, which will also be live-streamed through the Marine Band website at www.marineband.marines.mil.

Throughout his high school career, Camron has made ABA All-State Band four times (Red Band three times), ABA Jazz Band twice, AOA Orchestra twice, and AVA All-State Choir once. He also won the inaugural solo contest at the SEUS Honor Band at Troy last year.

30-year Texas director David Dunham, on the February Instrumentalist cover!!  (2/9/2016)
The February issue of The Instrumentalist has a cover article featuring Frisco middle school band director David Dunham, who has been teaching music for 30 years! Congrats, David!