March is celebrated nationally as Music in Our Schools Month and is sponsored by the Music Educators National Association.

The purpose of this month long celebration is to make everyone aware of the important role that music has in the development of a student's overall development.

The Tamaqua Area Middle and Senior High Schools will be celebrating this event in a number of ways.

As the overture to the month of March, the high school vocal music department participated in the annual Schuylkill County Chorus Festival. The festival was held on February 15 through 19, with a Saturday afternoon concert of music from classical to pop. The concert was at 2 p.m. at Pottsville Area High School Auditorium.

On Monday March 7, the vocal department of the Middle and High schools will sponsor a choral music workshop featuring one of the acapella vocal groups of the Pennsylvania State University on tour in our area of PA.

March 10-12 will take sophomore Shane Mulligan to Manheim Central High School in Lititz, PA as the T.A.H.S. representative at the Region IV-V All-State Region Orchestra Festival.

March 15-19, 23 members of the 'Raider' Band will participate in the 36th annual Schuylkill County Band Festival to be held at Tamaqua Area High School in Tamaqua. Again, the public is cordially invited to attend the 1:30 pm concert. Dr. O. Richard Bundy, Director of the Penn State Blue Band will serve as Guest Conductor.

March 24-26 will find Steven Christ representing Tamaqua in the 2011 Region V All-State Band at North Schuylkill Junior-Senior High School. Region V Band encompasses band students from high schools from a 13 county area of south central Pennsylvania to the Pocono mountain area of the state, combining the best from Districts 7 and 10. The students qualified from an intense audition at the District Band in February.

On April 1, three eighth grade 'Raider' Band members will travel to Catasauqua Area High School for the District 10 PMEA Intermediate Band and Orchestra Fest. This festival band and orchestra will present an evening concert and will feature middle school age students from across the seven county District 10 area.

As a postlude to M.I.O.S.M. on Wednesday, April 19, the Music Educators National Conference will welcome new members into its prestigious Tamaqua HS Chapter Tri-M Music Honor Society with a morning induction ceremony.

These events are all in addition to the usual high school and junior high school choirs, marching, concert and jazz band rehearsals preparing for the later planned spring concerts, parades and choral adjudications.