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The Sidney Lanier School has received the Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA) Innovative Music Program Award. This award is given to one public school music program in the state of Florida each year. The award was given based on the development of a Community Music Program and Global Music Program. The green video link above highlights this program.
Video: A Different Drum
The video above highlights the Sidney Lanier School Community Music Program.
The two YouTube links above are two different news broadcasts that highlight Lyndon White II, the lead drummer in the Sidney Lanier music ensemble and the winner of the 2009 Council for Exceptional Children Yes I Can Award. We are so proud of Lyndon and his accomplishments!
Video: Speaking Through the Beat
The observational short above looks at the Sidney Lanier School Drumline, an ensemble composed of children with moderate to severe developmental disabilities. Though many of these children cannot even speak, they have found a voice through this music program created by Dr. Donald DeVito. Eager to learn and play the drums, these children have been given unique opportunities to interact with the community and share their love for music. One inspiring moment arose when Devito's drumline performed at Festival Disney, a music competition for hundreds of musical ensembles across the nation. Now these courageous musicians take a further step in their groundbreaking journey, stepping outside their simple roles as drummers to taking part in a live band. Alongside students without disabilities from the Santa Fe College Jazz Ensemble, Devito's drumline will play the percussion segments to Benny Goodman's Sing, Sing, Sing and prove that with music, there are no boundaries.