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Traughber Junior High Music Program Receives National Honors

Apr 07, 2016 07:52AM ● By Steven Jack
Traughber Junior High School has been honored with a SupportMusic Merit Award from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Traughber Junior High School is one of only 118 schools across the country and only 11 schools in Illinois to receive the prestigious award in 2016.

The SupportMusic Merit Award is given to individual schools that demonstrate outstanding achievement in providing music access and education to all students. Schools that have been recognized by the NAMM Foundation are often held up as models for other educators looking to boost their own music education programs.
“We are honored to receive this award,” said Rachel Maxwell, director of bands at Traughber Junior High School and junior high performing arts and band coordinator for the district. “Our student musicians are talented and very dedicated to their art.”
Traughber’s music program serves nearly 650 students, who express their artistry through one of eight ensembles. Recognized multiple times for excellence in music education, Traughber’s music program strives to offer the best middle-level music education in the country.
“We are pleased to receive this award,” Traughber Principal Tarah Fowler said. “Our students and ensembles have been recognized at local, state, and national levels for their work. Many of our alums continue to perform and teach professionally.”

The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,300 members around the world. The foundation advances active participation in music making across one’s lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving, and public service programs. For more information about the NAMM Foundation, please visit