NJMEA Honors JMHS Band Director Today

Bud McCormick receives Distinguished Service Award

BudMcCormick.JPGTeam USBands is proud to announce that Bud McCormick, director of bands at Jackson Memorial High School, has received a Distinguished Service Award from the Board of Directors for the New Jersey Music Educators Association.

Bud and the JMHS band have been with USBands since its founding year as the Cadets Marching Band Cooperative in 1988, and we congratulate him on this well-deserved honor.

"Bud is one in a million," said YEA! CEO George Hopkins. "What is most noteworthy to me is that his kids LOVE him. Alumni, current students... all so cherish the experience that it is clear to me that he is a GREAT band director. Winning and losing are not the base of his discussion; to him, this is about making a difference in the lives of young people. Bud deserves the attention. It has been a long time coming."

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In 2013 alone, Bud has already led the Jackson Memorial Jaguar Band to participate in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA and President Obama's second-term Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C.

According to the official nomination form, The NJMEA Distinguished Service Award is given to "those members who have honored themselves with faithful service to music education in public, private, and parochial schools of New Jersey."

"It's so obvious that this is a guy who really cares about his program," said former Director of USBands Rich Hammond.

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Bud and his wife, Patti, have been invited to receive the award at the State Conference Luncheon which will be held at the East Brunswick Hilton and Towers in East Brunswick, NJ on Friday, February 22, 2013 at noon.

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