First Lady Laura Bush Accepts Position of Honorary Chair of The National Anthem Project

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MENC: The National Association for Music Education to Launch Project to Restore AmericaÂ?s Voice in Fall 2004

– MENC: The National Association for Music Education is pleased to announce Mrs. Laura Bush, First Lady of the United States, as the Honorary Chair of The National Anthem Project: Restoring America’s Voice.

The association is launching the National Anthem Project to renew national awareness of American traditions, promote the significance of “The Star Spangled Banner,” and re-teach America to sing the National Anthem through a three-year national consumer education campaign.

“I am pleased to serve as the Honorary Chair for this important cause dedicated to preserving and promoting awareness about our country’s National Anthem. I applaud the National Association for Music Education for their commitment to one of America’s greatest traditions,” said Mrs. Bush.

The National Anthem Project is expected to kick off in September 2004 and will include major singing celebrations throughout the country–at schools, professional sporting events and other local venues. The program to get America singing will culminate with the a record-setting performance of the National Anthem–hosted in Washington, DC in 2006 with simulcasts of local performances from “National Anthem Cities” across the country. For more information about the National Anthem Project: Restoring America’s Voice, visit http://www.thenationalanthemproject.org.

For more information about MENC, call 1-800-336-3768, or visit http://www.menc.org.

MENC: The National Association for Music Education, the world’s largest arts education organization, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. More than 100,000 members represent all levels of teaching from preschool to graduate school. Since 1907, MENC has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers. MENC’s activities and resources have been largely responsible for the establishment of music education as a profession, for the promotion and guidance of music study as an integral part of the school curriculum, and for the development of the National Standards for Arts Education.

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