Pasco School Named Top Music Education Community

For the third year in a row Pasco was named one of the Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) in the nation by the NAMM Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving, and public service programs from the international music products industry. The BCME survey, now in its 12th year, acknowledges schools and districts across the U.S. for their commitment to and support for music education in schools.

This is the fifth time that Pasco has received this prestigious award. Programs cited to gain this recognition included the District’s recommitment to a strings program, innovative programming, such as Summer Band Camp and Mariachi and Marimba ensembles, and award-winning bands and choirs.

PSD will once again host a Summer Band Camp which begins on June 21. Among the highlights for the student musicians will be performing at the Grand Ol’ 4th of July Parade in Pasco.

“Our community supports and promotes the visual and performing arts and this award is one we share with the whole community,” says Visual and Performing Arts Facilitator Russ Newbury. “The proven value of music, visual art, and theater education continues to be a rally point for our school district. We are very proud of the efforts and achievements of our staff and students.”

In all, 179 communities out of 279 that submitted surveys were recognized, including 172 school districts and seven schools. This is the first year NAMM recognized individual schools. Only two Washington districts were recognized this year, Pasco and Edmonds School District in Lynnwood.

“Considering how hard communities are fighting to maintain school music programs, earning a designation this year has become more relevant than ever. We are proud to acknowledge these districts and schools and are grateful for their commitment to a complete education that includes music,” says Mary Luehrsen, executive director of the NAMM Foundation. “Never has the evidence been more