Harrison High School is on a Grammy roll.
Last year, the school was named a Grammy Signature School Semifinalist. This year, they’ve done it again, placing among 123 schools from across the U.S. (from a pool of more than 20,000) to become a semfinalist.
The honor marks the achievements in band, chorus and orchestra. And Harrison’s production of “Crazy for You” was named outstanding musical at last year’s Metro Awards. There are also smaller groups — madrigals and cabaret — that stretch different musical muscles in Harrison.
“By the time our performing arts students reach the high school level, they are more than capable of and willing to tackle complicated and richer pieces of music and genres,” said HHS Band director Charlie Briem. “Even in their freshman year, they are performing music and arrangements that are part of most college music department’s repertoire. Before a student realizes it, they have built a resume of music and performances that draw the attention of even the most prestigious college programs.”
This year’s Grammy awards will be handed out Jan. 26, but the Grammy Foundation will name Signature School finalists in mid-March. Finalists get a custom award and a grant up to $15,000.