Local school being recognized by the Grammys

News 12 This Morning/Thursday Nov. 5, 2013

(WRDW)--"It's an honor to have people that are outside of your school recognize that you're doing something that's exceptional," said Everett Cannady, Davidson Fine Arts School band director.

"It gives them a sense of pride in what they're doing and like they're being acknowledged," said Laura Tomlin, Davidson Fine Arts orchestra director.

"It's always good when someone recognizes that as well. We can toot our own horn--no pun intended," said Timothy Powell, the school's chorale studies director.

Students at Davidson Fine Arts Magnet school are, in fact, tooting their horns--with joy over becoming a 2014 Grammy Signature School semi-finalist.

"There's an application process and then we submit recordings," explained Cannady.

The school submitted recordings from its three most advanced musical courses.

The symphonic band, the chamber orchestra and the chorale.

Its not the first time they've made semi-finals, but they haven't won since 2005.

Instructors tell me the recognition continues to motivate the students musically--and academically.

"The level of focus and attention," said Powell. "I think that's the one thing that kind of stands out to me about the students here."

"They work just as hard in their academics as they do in the arts," said Tomlin. "They are never bored here."

"The whole idea of the school is that a student who works extremely hard in an art form that would also transfer itself to what they're doing in their academic areas as well," said Cannady.

If they make it to finals, they'll get a grant--Money these teachers say all agree the school could find use for.

"Funding is hard to come by," said Cannady. "We have an aging fleet of tubas here and it would be nice to replace those."

"New instruments would be nice...music," said Tomlin.

"Equipment upgrades and hopefully technology upgrades," said Powell.

The finalists will be announced in mid march of next year and the grants awarded will be anywhere between $1,000 and $15,000.

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