Two teachers and a student musical ensemble at Roan Forest Elementary School in North San Antonio recently received national recognition from a music advocacy organization.

What happened

Officials with Indianapolis-based group Music for All announced music teacher Matthew Trevino, teaching partner Danielle Ortiz and students from the North East ISD school’s Sonido program as one of its 2024 Advocacy in Action Award winners.

Music for All officials said Advocacy in Action Awards recognize and celebrate school administrators, community leaders, teachers and parents who value music education and its inclusion in a child’s education.

According to a Jan. 17 NEISD announcement, Roan Forest’s Sonido program is a percussion ensemble made up of fourth and fifth graders.

The ensemble has collaborated with various performers from around the world and has been invited to perform at events such as the Texas Music Educators Association conference and San Antonio Spurs games, NEISD officials said.

Roan Forest was one of seven campuses nationwide that Music for All honored in its Elementary School Excellence category. Roan Forest was one of three Texas schools to receive an award from Music for All in 2024.

What they’re saying

Trevino commended Music For All for providing different types of opportunities for music students around the country.

“It is truly amazing to know that the work we have been doing is helping break the mold and inspiring other elementary programs to find their own voice,” Trevino said in a statement.