General McLane High School Selected As GRAMMY Signature School Semi-Finalist

Posted on December 4, 2014, in Academics, Lancer Life


The GRAMMY Foundation announced last week that General McLane High School has been selected as a semi-finalist for the GRAMMY Signature School Award. General McLane High School is one of 120 schools nationwide to receive this honor and is the only school in Northwestern Pennsylvania to be recognized.

“We are pleased to have our music program recognized among the best in the nation,” said General McLane Superintendent Richard Scaletta. “Our instructors do an incredible job of developing the talent within our students. Our community fully supports our arts program and is proud of its success. The arts have, and will always be, an important part of the McLane Advantage.”

Created in 1998, the GRAMMY Signature Schools program recognizes top U.S. public high schools that are making an outstanding commitment to music education during an academic school year. By earning this honor, General McLane High School joins some of the top music programs in the country, including performing arts schools.

General McLane School District offers students one of the most competitive arts programs in Erie, PA by making the arts a priority within the District. Fifty (50) percent of GMHS students elect to take music classes; forty-four (44) percent of GMHS students participate in music performing ensembles. The school offers nine performing instrumental ensembles and six performing vocal ensembles, as well as extensive music theater program. These contributions helped General McLane High School in receiving this Grammy recognition.
The General McLane Marching Band started with 25 students and has grown into the largest marching band in Northwestern Pennsylvania. The GM Marching Band has placed first on eight occasions in the Open Class at the Lakeshore Marching Band Association Championship. GM’s Jazz Program has achieved numerous accolades and performs at various jazz festivals in the tri-state area.

General McLane’s vocal program is also highly successful. GM’s Broadway Dinner is highly popular within the community, selling out within hours, and General McLane students compete in regional and state competitions, including the PMEA All-States. All four performances of this year’s Phantom of the Opera were sold out.

The GRAMMY Signature Schools program is made possible in part by the generous support of Converse, the Ford Motor Company Fund, the Hot Topic Foundation, Journeys, and RBC Capital Markets.

“Our GRAMMY Signature Schools program provides an ideal platform to raise awareness of public high schools across the country that are providing excellent music education programs for their students,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation. “It is also a much-needed resource for the schools that — in the face of serious economic challenges — are still able to provide a rigorous musical curriculum for their students. The GRAMMY Foundation is committed to arts education and believes in the long-lasting interdisciplinary benefits it provides for young people.”

In mid-March 2015, the GRAMMY Foundation will announce the finalists for the GRAMMY Signature Schools program. These schools will receive a custom award and a monetary grant ranging from $1,000 up to $10,000 to benefit their music program.