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"Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art."
    -- Claude Debussy

Friend of Music Award

Brookwood High School Music Tech Releases 2017 Winter Album

December 5, 2017

Please check it out at:


CREDITS: "BELOW ZERO" Winter 2017 Compilation

Production: Chris Costigan
Artwork Consultant: Loria Crews
Artwork: Collin Nebiker
Special Thanks to Ken Simpson

Collins Hill Chamber Orchestra to perform at the GMEA Conference

July 21, 2017

Congratulations to the Collins Hill High School Chamber Orchestra for being selected to perform at the Georgia Music Educators Association Conference in January of 2018. The group will perform at 8:45 AM on January 27 in the Classic Center's Oconee Ballroom on the campus of the University of Georgia.

Gwinnett Hosts "International" Orff Training

June 19, 2017

Gwinnett County Public Schools Fine Arts Office hosted the Orff-Schulwerk course training sessions June 5-16 at Discovery High School. Teachers from across the Unites States and as far away as India came together to receive the intense training from the nations best instructors in this two week intensive. 

Six Gwinnett County Elementary Music Teachers completed Masters Level Orff-Schulwerk training

June 9, 2017

Six Gwinnett County Elementary Music Teachers completed Masters Level Orff-Schulwerk training on June 9, 2017. Orff-Schulwerk is an ever evolving, 21st Century pedagogy in the music classroom in which integrates all subjects from across the curriculum into a standards based music classroom where students use instruments, movement, and voice to develop their academic skills and knowledge. These six teachers have undergone many years of training having had to complete Levels I, II, and III prior to qualifying for the Masters Level coursework. Each of the previous levels is a 60 hour course, thus the teachers have completed a minimum of 180 hours of training before they even start the Masters Level curriculum. Kelly Mraz (Head Elementary), Melvin Jordan (Kanoheda Elementary), Mandy Gunter (Burnette Elementary), Jenny Chambless (Chattahoochee Elementary), Marty Parker (Suwanee Elementary), and Kate George (Simonton Elementary) are the newest graduates of this prestigious program. Pictured with these teachers is the nationally recognized Master Level Instructor, Jay Broeker. Congratulations to these World Class Teachers that are THE PROMISE of GWINNETT!

Creekland Middle School Eagle Wind Ensemble to perform at Prestigious Festival

May 19, 2017

The Creekland Middle School Eagle Wind Ensemble to perform as a guest band at the 27th Annual University of Georgia Middle School Band Festival. The group will perform on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 7:45 p.m. at the UGA Performing Arts Center in Athens, GA. 

Brookwood Music Tech releases Spring Album: IMPRESSIONS

May 18, 2017

IMPRESSIONS features 33 original compositions and we have incorporated more singing and rapping than ever before!!! 

The 33 tracks represent the best of over 100 submissions for this project.  You can listen and download by individual tracks or download the entire album as we intended it to be presented as a playlist/album.....and again, it's FREE! 

We have had right at 43,000 plays from all over the world over the last 5 years/10 albums.  We appreciate your support! 

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CREDITS: "IMPRESSIONS" Spring 2017 Compilation

Production: Chris Costigan
Artwork Consultant: Loria Crews
Artwork: Destiny Medlock
Special Thanks to Ken Simpson

Student Composers: (in order of appearance) Matthew Hanagriff, Ryan Moore, Amir Berry, Michael Weida, Jaiya Smith, Rachel Ofotokun, Miles Archie, Carson Royal, Joshua Cherian, Gavin Jiao and Andy Tang, Gevonne Wilson, Tony Lam, Kevin Tran, Eugene Rubinchik, Michael Hopf, Tyreis Donald and Justin Mott, Morganne Rattigan, Matthew Tharakan and David Rose, Ryan Martin and Michael Weida, Ashes Gittens-Whitney, Ryan Esping, Christopher Sanders, Josef Franco, David Rose, Matthew Thaxton, Erin Mulkey, Camryn Davis, Rhamir Gilliard, Kat Runge, Ryan Richardson, Alyssa Spencer, Carter Martin, Chaison Davis

Winn Holt Students participate in the Northwest Georgia Percussion Festival

May 2, 2017

Winn Holt Students participated in the Northwest Georgia Percussion Festival on Saturday, April 29.  The kids received a clinic session from Dr. Tony McCutchen from Jacksonville State University. As well as critique tapes from MTSU Percussion Professor Lalo Davila.  Students were also entertained by the MTSU Salsa Band and JSU Steel drum band.  

2017 Elementary Honor Chorus Now Showing!

April 18, 2017

On March 25, 2017 100% of the Elementary Schools in Gwinnett County sent up to 4 students to the Gwinnett County Elementary Honor Chorus event. These students and all of their teachers spent the day with clinicians and provided the concert in the link here:

We are very proud of these students, the amazing music teachers of our 79 Elementary Schools, and the wonderful clinicians that shared the expertise with our students and teachers.

GCPS Recognized as among the Best for Music Education

April 6, 2017

Gwinnett County Public Schools has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Gwinnett County Public Schools is one of 4% of districts across the nation receiving the prestigious award in 2017.


The Best Communities Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Gwinnett County Public Schools answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

Friend of Music Award

March 1, 2016

Group picture featuring the award

The Georgia Music Educators Association presents the "Friend of Music Education" award to an individual who is not a current or retired member of the organization and has significantly contributed to the advancement of music education in Georgia. The concept behind the GMEA "Friend of Music Education" award is to recognize individuals who have provided a tremendous service to or greatly assisted the group's membership in a variety of ways.

Mr. Alvin Wilbanks, Superintendent of Gwinnett County Public Schools, was nominated for this award due to his unwavering patronage of music teachers, even through the toughest of financial times, as well as his commitment to offering students a wide array of music courses taught by highly qualified teachers. In an era when school systems cut both employees and elective offerings to balance budgets, Mr. Wilbanks was a tremendous force in keeping Gwinnett County's fine arts programs intact. Mr. Wilbanks does not simply say he supports music instruction for young people, he demonstrated his valuation of this instruction in the most visible, and sometimes difficult, manner possible. The award was presented to Mr. Wilbanks at the February board meeting by Cecil Wilder, Executive Director of the Georgia Music Educator's Association and David DuBose, Director of Fine Arts for Gwinnett County Public Schools.

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