Grammy Signature Schools Award

Three District 204 high schools recently received news that was music to their ears.

The Grammy Foundation recognized Neuqua Valley, Waubonsie Valley, and Metea Valley High Schools for their exceptional bands, choirs and orchestras.

Their music programs qualified them as semifinalists for the foundation’s Signature Schools Award.

Instructors say the students don’t just learn the notes and rhythms but also the history and theory behind the music.

Neuqua and Waubonsie have both won this award in years past.

Now, three years after opening its doors, Metea Valley joins them as a nominee.

“We are so excited for the students, the faculty, the school,” said Don Devany, Metea Valley’s Fine Arts Department Chair. “It’s great that all three high schools have been recognized. It’s a process that starts really in kindergarten, with their elementary music program and it carries out through middle school and then into the high school. We’ve got great students. They’ve worked very, very hard and it’s thrilling that they are being recognized.”x

The students and faculty continue their efforts as they prepare for upcoming concerts.

The finalists will be announced in March.

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