AASA’s Singing Superintendents will perform at AASA’s 2018 National Conference on Education in Nashville during the 3rd General Session on Saturday, Feb. 17.
David Cox, superintendent of Allegany County Public Schools in Cumberland, Md., will direct the group for the sixth consecutive year.
A former music teacher and school band director, Cox performed with the Singing Superintendents for more than a decade before assuming leadership of the group.
“Music is a vitally important part of public education,” said Cox. “Music brings kids together—there’s a human element to it. It teaches history, it teaches you how to feel. It’s a skill that will serve you for the rest of your life.”
The 20-minute program will feature songs with some connection to Nashville, also known as Music City USA. The program will include both a country song medley and a rock ‘n’ roll medley featuring music by Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton and Ernie Ford.
Unlike other years, the Singing Superintendents will begin instead of ending their program on a patriotic note with the “Star-Spangled Banner.”
The Singing Superintendents will be accompanied on piano by Barry Furze, who served as superintendent in the South Dakota communities of Sturgis and Gettysburg. He is retired.
The Singing Superintendents welcome any conference participant. Rehearsals occur Thursday Feb. 15 and Friday, Feb. 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Omni Hotel’s Old Hickory Room. A final rehearsal is set for 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17 in the Music City Center before the 3rd General Session.
Read Sue Givens’s blog post about this event.
(Rebecca Shaw is a reporter for Conference Daily Online.)