Urbana School District #116
Urbana Middle School Band and its Director a National Finalist

Urbana Middle School Band and its Director a National Finalist

Urbana – Urbana School District #116 is pleased to announce the Urbana Middle School Band, under the direction of Band Director Karen DeBauche, has the Music Education Alliance 2018-2019 Dr. William P. Foster Project Award of Excellence Division Winner.  

Ms. DeBauche was the single winner from the North Central Division.  There are a total of five division winners who will be for the Dr. William P. Foster Project Award of Excellence National Award.  The National Award will be announced at the Midwest Clinic Reception: A Celebration of Musical Excellence, Diversity and Inclusion held by the Midwest Clinic on Thursday, December 20 at 8:30pm (after the Japanese band concert).  All division winners in attendance will be recognized at this reception, as well as the National Band Association (NBD) General Membership Meeting and Reception and the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Forum held that week.

From the Music Education Alliance web site: “The College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), Music for All (MFA), and National Band Association (NBA) are dedicated to the attainment of a high level of excellence for bands and band music at all levels of instruction. The Dr. William P. Foster Music Education Alliance “Award of Excellence” recognizes quality programs serving historically disadvantaged student populations. This exciting initiative honors select educators, and their band programs, which are challenging students and reaching a high level of excellence.”

Urbana School District #116 is a unit district located in east central Illinois. Our outstanding schools in an outstanding community comprise of an early childhood school, six neighborhood elementary schools, a middle school, a high school, and an adult education center.  To discover more about our award winning schools and students, please visit www.usd116.org. You can find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/USD116or follow us on Twitter: @Urbana116.



Outstanding schools in an outstanding community!

Urbana School District | 205 North Race St. | P.O. Box 3039 | Urbana, IL 61803-3039

News Release

Contact: JoAnne Geigner
Phone: (217) 384-3500
Email:   jgeigner@usd116.org
Date:  12 December 2018

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