Grammys Indicate JISD Impact in Music
It didn’t take much more than that.
“It was always the kids you wouldn’t expect who
would take to the program. There was a kid who was
a thrash metal guitar player in his garage all the time,
and an African American kid with dreadlocks, you’d
see them and you’d never expect them to whip out a
Les Paul and go to town. But get them involved in
the blues program and they’d take it from there,”
Anderson sees a similar drive in her students once
they really connect with the music.
“I really want people to know that the success of this
program isn’t just me,”
Anderson said. “It’s so
rare for a marimba stu-
dent not to attend a per-
formance. They will
come sick as a dog, but
they will perform. One
year for the Jingle Bell
Jamboree, it was cold and
rainy and we performed
first thing in the morning.
I thought not many would
show up, but by the time
we started the place was
packed all around with
performers and parents.”
Ultimately, both teach-
ers agree that while the
nomination is nice, the
real satisfaction from
their work comes from
what the music means to their students.
“At my school, it’s nothing but the lower income
bracket. Some of these kids have never been out of
east Austin, never crossed I-35, never seen the Capi-
tol which is right down the street,” Gluckian said.
“Most have bad upbringings, bad households, and I
sit and think this is what they have at home, this is
their drive. It happens so often you get desensitized a
little. I can’t control what goes on in their house. But
I can control what goes on in the band hall.”
Meanwhile, Anderson says, she plans to continue
structuring her program around marimbas and Afri-
can musical instruments, exposing students to new
influences and sounds.
“I feel that I’m taking ordinary students and doing
extraordinary things with
them,” Anderson said.
“And I think teachers
who put up a good pro-
gram, who make the dis-
trict proud — the district
is doing what they can to
make them successful.
That applies to any sub-
ject where people are
passionate about doing a good job.”
**BREAKING NEWS -
As of the publication of
the Judson Journal, Bonnie Anderson found out that
she has made it to the FINALS of the Grammy’s Mu-
sic Educator Award. Good Luck Bonnie!! The over-
all winner will be an-
nounced at the Grammy
Awards in February.
Gluckian working with his
marching band students
Anderson working with some of her youngest
studentsWatch Anderson in Action