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Four New Partnerships Expand Music Opportunities for HCPSS Students and Staff

June 7th, 2018

The Howard County Public School System has partnered with the Inner Arbor Trust, Maryland Winds, Seasons 52 and the United States Navy Band to support an educational environment that connects music, arts, culture and the community. The partnerships were formalized with an official partnership signing on Monday, June 4, at Seasons 52 in Columbia.

The Inner Arbor Trust will host a high school jazz festival at the Chrysalis at Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods. Inner Arbor Trust staff will provide sponsorship and event management support for the annual event.

Maryland Winds will provide educational engagement opportunities for high school students through large ensemble clinics, master classes, and side-by-side playing prior to dress rehearsals.

Seasons 52 will host a “Teachers as Artists” music performance series during its Sunday brunch four times throughout the year. Seasons 52 will also provide meeting space for music staff meetings and gatherings.

United States Navy Band musicians will take part in outreach activities in HCPSS schools that include instrument demonstrations for elementary schools, coaching students preparing for auditions, judging student adjudications, and offering performance clinics.

Howard County Board of Education Member Sandra French, HCPSS Interim Superintendent Michael Martirano, Chief School Management and Instructional Leadership Officer Frank Eastham, Chief Communication, Community and Workforce Engagement Officer Jahantab Siddiqui, Curricular Programs Director Jenny Novak and Music Coordinator Terry Eberhardt joined Inner Arbor Trust Board Chair Lin Eagan, President and CEO Nina Basu, Maryland Winds Executive Director Mark Bowling, Artistic Director Timothy Holtan, Education Director Ginger Turner, Seasons 52 Managing Partner Mark Underwood, Sales Manager Nakeata Boddie, United States Navy Band Executive Officer Lieutenant Commander Mark Corbliss and Music Education Outreach Coordinator Chief Musician Randy Johnson to sign the formal partnership agreements at the June 4 event.

Large group at partnerships signing.

The Inner Arbor Trust is a not-for-profit entity in the process of developing over 50 acres in Downtown Columbia into an iconic arts and culture park: Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods, which features the Chrysalis, a performance stage, park pavilion, and sculpture. The Trust also manages a substantial portion of the park for recreational use.

Maryland Winds is a new ensemble of professional musicians in the greater Baltimore-Washington area who are music educators, active freelance musicians, or current or past performers with symphony orchestras or military bands.

Seasons 52 wine bar and grill offers fresh, seasonal dishes prepared using rustic cooking techniques and served in a casual and sophisticated atmosphere.

The United States Navy Band is the premier musical organization of the U.S. Navy, comprising six primary performing groups and a host of smaller ensembles.

The Howard County Public School System’s Partnerships Office has united schools with more than 1,000 businesses and community organizations to enhance the educational experience of Howard County students. Partnerships benefit schools, businesses and the entire community by leveraging the resources of all participants. Partners may commit human or financial resources or other support.

For more information, contact Partnerships Office Manager Mary Schiller at 410-313-6655 or