NEW ORLEANS – During the 2019 Country Music Television (CMT) music awards, KIPP New Orleans Schools’ (KNOS) KIPP East Community (KIPP East) was selected by country music star Ashley McBryde to receive the new band program gift from CMT and the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. Serving a student body of over 600 students, KIPP East will use this gift to implement a complete band program and hire a second band teacher.
“We are elated to be selected to receive this incredible award. In schools across the country, band programming has shown to provide a number of benefits for students including increased memorization skills, improved coordination and team-building abilities and a sense of achievement,” said KNOS Chief Executive Officer Rhonda Kalifey-Aluise. “We are beyond grateful for Ashley McBryde, CMT and the VH1 Save The Music Foundation for thinking of our scholars. I look forward to watching our KIPP East band members grow this year.”
KIPP East School Leader Jennifer Dennis Carey said, “On behalf of KIPP East Community, thank you to Ashley McBryde, CMT and the VH1 Save The Music Foundation for selecting our school for this wonderful gift. This award will impact students not only next year, but for the rest of their lives. Music enhances creativity and we look forward to watching our band students’ love for music expand – maybe we will help to cultivate the next Ashley McBryde amongst us!”
Ashley McBryde is a Grammy-nominated country music singer signed to Warner Bros. Records. She was born in Mammoth Springs, Arkansas and graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in music.
The CMT music awards aired on VH1 on June 4, 2019. First-time winner Ashley McBryde earned the “Breakthrough Video of the Year” award for her single, “Girl Goin’ Nowhere (At Marathon Music Works).”
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