Central: Greater Phoenix Music Festival

Posted by Communications on 1/18/2017

The Greater Phoenix Music Festival, featuring all-star musicians from junior high and high school musicians, will be January 20-21, with a culminating concert, January 21 at 3:30 p.m. at Central High School.  A junior high honors band will consist of students from 21 different schools representing eight partner districts.  A mixed (junior high and senior high) string orchestra, a high school honors band and a percussion ensemble will round out the lineup.  The students auditioned and will rehearse together Friday and Saturday morning before taking the stage. The groups are led by guest conductors.  Admission to the performance is $2 for adults, and children are free.  The event started 33 years ago as a recruiting opportunity for the high schools, inviting promising 8th grade musicians to experience high school music programs and their musicians. 


Phoenix Union’s Exceptional Student Services division is partnering with Raising Special Kids to host a three-part Parent Training series for students and families, beginning with a January 24 session at Maryvale High School, from 6-8 p.m.   The first training is focused on helping students with disabilities prepare for employment. In February the focus will be on legal options and other transition based supports. The April event will be about helping transition students from middle school to high school. 


Ian Danley was elected president by acclamation at the January 12 Governing Board meeting, succeeding Lela Alston, who led the board for the past two years.   Stanford Prescott will serve as board clerk.  Danley and Alston also began new four-year terms as at-large members, and were sworn in by city councilman Daniel Valenzuela.


It is not too late to contribute to Phoenix Union schools, clubs and student activities through the Arizona Education Tax Credit program.   The deadline was moved from December 31 to April 15.   A contribution to an eligible school club or activity is worth a dollar-for-dollar credit up to $200 for individuals, or $400 for married couples, filing jointly.   The donation can be applied to one’s 2016 or 2017 tax returns.


Any individual who pays taxes in Arizona is eligible for the tax credit.  Companies are not.  The students in the approved club determine how the funds from the contributions are used.  For more information, the Phoenix Union tax credit brochure or to donate online, go to www.phoenixunionorg/taxcredit