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Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, named the top music department in the country by the Grammy Foundation

Florida Times Union

Two Douglas Anderson School of the Arts students performing

Congratulations to Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, named the top music department in the country by the Grammy Foundation.

Of course, the school does a lot more than music, but it's difficult to keep track of all the school's honors and awards. In the coming days, the school will showcase creative writing, dance, vocalists, band and theater - and that's only touching the creative surface. Ever since it was founded in 1985 as one of the city's elite magnet schools, Douglas Anderson has been special. Like other magnet schools, students and parents must apply to the school. In addition, student applicants must audition. The result is a bonding effect that can be felt on the first visit to the school. There is an esprit de corps.

As for the Grammys, this is the second time in three years that Douglas Anderson has been named the national signature school by the Grammy Foundation. The award includes the entire music program - instrumental, vocal, piano, guitar, electronic music and recording arts.

"Winning the Grammy National Signature School award is a huge affirmation for the students and the faculty at DA," said Ace Martin, chair of the DA Music Department, in a news release. "We are all focused on achieving excellence both in performance and curriculum, and it's terrific to get validation of all of our hard work."

The award comes with a $15,000 cash prize.

This shows that we don't have to look far to find some of the best public education in the nation.