Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Scotty McCreery leads CMA Keep the Music Playing celebration, concert


 Scotty McCreery leads CMA Keep the Music Playing celebration, concert Posted on February 19, 2013 by Jim Myers If there’s anyone who underestimates the power of the dollars spent by the thousands of fans who flock to Nashville for the CMA Music Festival each summer, they need only look at that clarinet in the hands of an Antioch High School student.
Tuesday night, before a concert at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center to celebrate the Keep the Music Playing education program, Country Music Association chief executive Steve Moore presented a check for $1.2 million to help fund Metro Nashville Public School music programs. This brings the total of the association’s Metro Public Schools donations to more than $6.5 million, which helps purchase instruments for students. Since the program’s inception in 2006, the CMA overall has given a total of more than $7.6 million to schools and other organizations.
Rising country star and “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery hosted the concert, which featured more than 300 Metro Nashville Public School “All Stars.” As someone who himself just emerged from the halls of teen angst, 19-year-old McCreery certainly understands the fears and dreams of high school musicians. He also called attention to the teachers who instilled in him not just a passion for singing, but a dedicated work ethic. Recalling the impact of his high school choir teacher and her “huge” influence, he said with a smile, “When I won ‘American Idol’ I got to give one car to a teacher, and she was that lady.”
Later, while hosting the concert, McCreery performed the Victoria Shaw tune “The River” with students from Sylvan Park Elementary adding the backing vocals for the chorus. He joked that his band members better watch their backs in 10 years.
Kitty Moon Henry, who chairs the CMA Foundation’s board, said, “Putting instruments in student’s hands is the most important function of the foundation.” One person there who could personally attest to the impact was Scott Miller, the director of bands at Antioch High School. He said all but one member of his Wood Ensemble performing that night would be playing instruments paid for by the Keep the Music Playing program. “Before, we had instruments abandoned by seniors or something someone might find in their closet and donated to the school, sometimes duct-taped together,” he laughed. “Now, we can give them horns in great shape that actually work.” Both Mayor Karl Dean and schools director Dr. Jesse Register pointed to the effect of the arts on high school graduation rates, citing a 96 percent rate among performing arts students versus a 78 percent rate among the general population.


  1. He is such the gentleman . Cool cucumber.

  2. Again Scotty continue to amaze me beyond words in Nashville today back to college class in the morning his dedication is unreal a hart that does not stop giving. He shows us all the way we should all live our lives. He sure brings this old man so much joy just to see him living his life to the fullest. Thanks Scotty

  3. You are a jewel Scotty, and thank you so much for all that you do. Thanks for giving of yourself to these faithful young children. You are a shining example of what young people should be doing for their communities. God bless you and I love you this big. GRANDMA IN TX.

  4. Well I'm learning here trying to use my new Gmail acct. I'm not to good at this figuring out stuff but I'm getting there. HA! Well Scotty you did it again you showed us that sweet, humble nice young man you are and you went there and showed those young kids that you were right there where they were a few years before and they looked like they enjoyed it as much as you did. You looked like you had been doing this all your life and you coming during the week, flying back to go to college and then flying out again Thursday for your Tour well you have so much energy in that body of yours I've decided you are just like the little energize bunny, HA!!!! You have been such a blessing to watch on your journey and its so much fun to see what your doing during these Tours and interviews you have become so relaxed and layed back just so proud for you Scotty. You take care of yourself as MamaG says "your one in a Million" and ILYTB. Kentucky Fan


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