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Duarte USD & VH1 Save the Music celebrate Music in in our Schools Month with All-District Band Showcase

Duarte USD’s commitment to music and the arts was on display at the 3rd annual All District Band Showcase. Over 500 student musicians from every elementary, Northview, and DHS came together on March 21, 2017, to perform before a standing-room-only crowd of proud family and friends at the Duarte High School gym.

Conducting the show were Band Directors: Rich Torres, Cuyler McDonald and Rafael Arenas.

Also there to celebrate was Jaclyn Rudderow, Program Director of the VH1 Save the Music Foundation, which has granted $175,000 in instruments to the elementary programs at all five district schools in the last two years.

Because of their generosity and that of our other committed partners like the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, Arts for All and Duarte Education Foundation, all Duarte USD students in grades 5-12 have an opportunity to learn how to play an instrument.

Superintendent Mucerino shared with the audience prior to the grand finale performed by all of the band students together, his personal thanks to Rudderow and the VH1 Save the Music Foundation for their support which has been instrumental in growing and sustaining music education in Duarte USD. As well as bravo to all of the talented students for a wonderful performance.

Band Showcase

(L-R) Rafael Arenas, Rich Torres, Dr. Allan Mucerino, Reyna Diaz, Jaclyn Rudderow and students attend the Duarte Unified School District and VH1 Save The Music host All-District Band Showcase at Duarte High School on March 21, 2017 in Duarte, California. (Photo by Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for VH1 Save The Music)