Jeff Johnson, our Controller here at Bottle Rocket, chose the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts - Music Guild because of its dedication to enhancing the music learning experience of its students, one of whom is his son.
Booker T. Washington is an excellent school, filled with amazingly talented young people, who give their time and talents to make the school the pride of Dallas, as well as the entire State of Texas. In addition to their many academic awards, Booker T. musicians have gained individual and collective recognition on the local, regional, and national music scenes.
Since 1983, Booker T. Washington's musicians have won 221 music awards. The Varsity String Orchestra has earned many of those musical awards. In addition to receiving straight superior ratings at the University Interscholastic League concert and sight-reading contests for the past six straight years, the judges in last spring’s UIL contest heralded the orchestra’s performance as “truly superior” and noted that the orchestra was “full of talented and skilled young musicians” with a “high degree of musical maturity and prowess.”
Indeed, it was the group’s performance at the UIL regional contest in March that earned them the coveted invitation to Carnegie Hall. Our donation will specifically go towards the Varsity String Orchestra’s goal to raise $70,000 to cover the cost of transportation, accommodations and other expenses associated with their summer performance at Carnegie Hall.
Visit their website to learn more - http://www.dallasisd.org/BTW