Pioneer High School named a 2015 GRAMMY Signature School

Gold recipient Pioneer is in the top 3

Pioneer High School is one of 13 schools in the country to have been selected as a GRAMMY Signature Schools.

In fact, Pioneer was named a Gold recipient—one of the top three of the 13—and receives $3,500 for its music program as a result.

“We are some of the most fortunate music educators in the nation who have the benefit of teaching for a district and in a town that not only prizes education, but places a premium on a thorough and comprehensive arts education from kindergarten through 12th grade,” said Pioneer High School Band Director David Leach.  “Being recognized as one of the flagship music departments in our nation once is a thrill! Being recognized for the sixth time is a testament to each and every music teacher in the AAPS. Additionally to all the private lesson teachers who inspire our students, building administrator who protect our schedules, a district leadership team that truly believe and support arts for every child, and the parents who sacrifice for their children’s future we offer our deepest gratitude.”

Created in 1998, the GRAMMY Signature Schools program recognizes the top U.S. public high schools that make an outstanding commitment to music education during an academic school year.

The 2015 National GRAMMY Signature School winner of $5,000 is 
A.N. McCallum High School in Austin, Texas. The third Gold recipient is Northwood High School in Irvine, California.

The GRAMMY Signature School award is a nonprofit project of the Recording Academy, with sponsors the Grammy Awards every year.

Click here for a full list of winners.

Awards line the band room at Pioneer High School, where David Leach was photographed weeks ago.
Awards line the band room at Pioneer High School, where David Leach was photographed weeks ago.

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  1. I am not surprised y this award (an Emmy for Ann Arbor Pioneer High School music program). I feel confident it is one of the best music programs in the nation. I travel many miles in order to attend the yearly spring concert because it is always a very professional affair. It appears to me that the students are learning not just to play a musical instrument but to play well and to enjoy the experience. Congratulations!

  2. Bravo Pioneer ! Shining every day with the leadership of Principal Lowder and students who work their tails off !

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