annually presents events to share the talents of our young musicians, engage young minds around various aspects of music 

FAME annually presents events to share the talents of our young musicians, engage young minds around various aspects of music—instrumental, vocal, technology; and build connections with the community through music, and fun activities that raise awareness of the importance of music and education in the lives of our young people. 

'TIS THE SEASON

Wednesday, December 22, 2021
700pm (Doors open at 6pm)

'Tis the Season

Attendees must be vaccinated.

LOCATION: Dr. Henry Wise High School
12650 Brooke Ln, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

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Annual FAME Jazz Band concert

SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 2022

Annual FAME Jazz Band Concert

Features various FAME performing groups including the full FAME Jazz Band, FAME Jazz Ensemble, and Musicians in Training. Groups supported by FAME through the Music is Central school-based program also perform.

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Anniversary & Awards Celebration

Saturday, July 16, 2022

Anniversary & Awards Celebration

Race 4 FAME

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Race 4 Fame

Family-friendly and exciting “Scavenger Hunt” while helping local nonprofit FAME – Foundation for the Advancement of Music & Education provides academic and cultural programs for youth in the Greater Washington Region.

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ANNUAL FAME JAZZ BAND CONCERT

Features various FAME performing groups including the full FAME Jazz Band, FAME Jazz Ensemble, and Musicians in Training. Groups supported by FAME through the Music is Central school-based program also perform. Past performers have included Stedwick Elementary School Ukulele Ensemble, Divine Dance Institute, and the Oxon Hill Middle School Choir

RACE 4 FAME

Created in 2016 by United Parcel Service (UPS) management and employees in the DC region to provide an exciting, family-friendly “Scavenger Hunt,” Race 4 FAME is a delighful activity for the whole family, and assists the local nonprofit FAME – Foundation for the Advancement of Music & Education.  FAME provides meaningful academic and cultural programs for youth in the Greater Washington Region.

Anniversary & Awards Celebration

We annually celebrate service and community leaders and educators, who are making major contributions to the education and career pursuits of youth around the Greater Washington Region. Below are the 2021 Awardees. We also celebrate our amazing FAME Jazz Band Program graduates.

  • Government Leadership Award (State)

    The Honorable Michael Jackson State Senator

  • Government Leadership Award (Local)

    The Honorable Deni Taveras, Prince George’s County Council Member

  • Education Leadership Award

    D. Paul Monteiro, Jr. Chief of Staff and Assistant Vice President of External Affairs at Howard University

  • Corporate Leadership Award

    Carla Reid, General Manager/CEO WSSC Water

  • Stellar Reporter Award

    Erika Gonzalez, Anchor, NBC4 Washington

  • Outstanding Educator Awardee

    Jaclyn (Jackie) Martin

  • Outstanding Educator Awardee

    L. Jemil Miller

Government Leadership Award (State)

The Honorable Michael Jackson State Senator

A lifelong public servant, Michael A. Jackson gained executive management and leadership experience during his twenty-two years with the Prince George’s County Sheriff ’s Office. These skills sustained him while serving over five years as Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #112 President and through his eight years as the elected Sheriff for Prince George’s County (2002-2010).

A recipient of numerous honors and awards, Jackson’s name was entered into the Congressional Record for having established the first 24/7 Domestic Violence Intervention Unit in the Mid-Atlantic Region. He has also directed the Maryland Community Crime Prevention Insti- tute, the Leadership Development Institute, and the Maryland Sheriffs’ Association.

Elected to the Maryland General Assembly in 2014, Jackson served as the State Delegate for Legislative District 27B from 2015- 2021. While a member of the House of Delegates, he sat on the Appropriations Committee and ascended to the position of Vice Chairman in 2020. In January 2021, Jackson was appointed to the State Senate for Legislative District 27 where he now serves as a member of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.

A former United States Marine, Jackson is an alumnus of The Johns Hopkins University (M.S., Management), DeVry University (B.S., Technical Management/Electronic Engineering Technology), and St. Mary’s Seminary & University (Graduate Certificate, Biblical Studies). Professionally he serves as the Deputy Director for Administration and Support Services with the Prince George’s County Office of Homeland Security and as an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland University College and an Assistant Professor at DeVry University.

 

Government Leadership Award (Local)

The Honorable Deni Taveras, Prince George’s County Council Member

Deni Taveras was re-elected to her sec- ond 4-year term on the Prince George’s County Council in 2018. In 2020, she was elected as Vice-Chair (VC), making his- tory as the first Latina elected to her seat and to a leadership role on the Council. As council member she has attracted $10 billion worth of investments from both private and public sources and has put eight schools and two libraries in the pipeline for construction in her district. Taveras is a strong advocate for education equity and social justice issues, seeking to improve the lives of working families and diverse communities. She chairs the Metropolitan Washington Council of Govern- ment’s Climate, Energy and Environment Policy Committee and is a member of the Local Workforce Development Board.

Taveras holds a dual Masters degree in public affairs and urban regional planning from Princeton University’s School of International and Public Affairs, a Master’s degree from the University of Utah, and a Bachelor’s degree from Barnard College; the latter two in chemistry.

Education Leadership Award

D. Paul Monteiro, Jr. Chief of Staff and Assistant Vice President of External Affairs at Howard University

Paul Monteiro is the Chief of Staff and Assistant Vice President of External Af- fairs at Howard University. He is a proud graduate of Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) having attended Adelphi Elementary, Buck Lodge Middle, and High Point High. Monteiro was appointed by County Executive Angela Alsobrooks as an At-Large member of the Prince George’s County Public Schools Board of Education in 2018.

He is also a proud graduate of the University of Maryland (B.A., History) and the Howard University School of Law.

Monteiro worked at the United States Supreme Court and later served in the Capitol Hill office of Senator Barack Obama before transitioning to his presidential campaign headquarters in Chicago, IL.

Paul served on President Obama’s White House staff for five years as an associate director of the Office of Public Engagement and coordinator of the My Brother’s Keeper mentorship program for young men attending local high schools. President Obama later appointed him as the national director of AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America). In 2015, Attorney General Loretta Lynch designated him as head of the Community Relations Service at the U.S. Department of Justice where he focused on addressing the rise in hate crimes and mediating communities in conflict following fatal law enforcement-involved shootings.

He is a member of the Leadership Greater Washington Class of 2021 and serves on the boards of Wesley Theological Seminary, the Prince George’s County Community Foundation, Helping Children Worldwide, and the United Black Fund.

Corporate Leadership Award

Carla Reid, General Manager/CEO WSSC Water

Transformer. Innovator. Optimist. Carla began her career at WSSC Water as a civil engineer with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Howard University.

Over the next 20 years, she held positions on every level of management, from Field Operations Supervisor to Section Manager to Division Manager to Director (of two different departments) to Deputy General Manager. During her first management position, Reid earned her master’s degree in Human Resources Management from University of Maryland, Global Campus.

In 2006, Reid left WSSC Water for 10 years and served in cabinet-level leadership positions in the two counties that WSSC Water serves. She returned to WSSC Water in 2016, as its 12th General Manager and Chief (GM/CEO), leading the 100-plus year water utility in every aspect of its operation; from finance and supply chain management to engineering, environmental stewardship and customer service. She is the first woman to serve in this capacity.

Reid’s three guiding principles – simplify, focus and connect – set the tone to inspire a diverse workforce to become THE world class provider of safe, clean water and essential wastewater services. She fosters a culture of innovation and strives to form lasting partnerships with businesses, environmental advocates and community leaders to strengthen WSSC Water’s brand and reputation.

As someone whose life goal has always been to do important work, Reid is honored to work in the water sector. A champion of science and math, she inspires people to win, executing with excellence and achieving outstanding results. She’s a cheerleader and the CPR (confidence, persistence and resilience) CEO. A reader of books about self-development, leadership and coaching, Reid lives by Steven Covey’s seven habits of highly effective people. Other than books, Reid loves intimate music venues, unique and unusual artistic things and making her own greeting cards.

Stellar Reporter Award

Erika Gonzalez, Anchor, NBC4 Washington

Erika Gonzalez anchors the weekend editions of News4 at 6 and News4 at 11 and serves as the evening anchor on the Live Desk.

During the week, her reports 4 Your Home help viewers understand the real estate market while improving the look and feel of their homes. She also fills in on the anchor desk of Telemun- do 44, NBC4’s sister station.

Since arriving in Washington in 2011, Gonzalez’s stories have taken her to Boston to cover the bombing at the marathon, Moore, Okla- homa, after tornadoes ravaged parts of that region and El Salvador to investigate ruthless gangs and their ties to this area, a story for which she received an EMMY nomination.

Gonzalez moved to Washington from her native state of Texas where she was an anchor and reporter at KEYE-TV and Telemundo Austin as well as XRIO-TV in Rio Grande Valley.

Gonzalez holds a degree in communications from the University of Texas-Pan American.

She and her husband live in Washington, D.C.

 

Outstanding Educator Awardee

Jaclyn (Jackie) Martin

Jackie has been a Dance Educator in Prince George’s County   Public   Schools   since 2005. In this capacity she built the dance instructional program to include International Baccalaureate global studies dance courses as well as courses in dance history, anatomy, literacy, technique, composition and performance. She serves on the curriculum and performance committees, and the county Dance Showcase was hosted by Ms. Martin and her school for many years. Her leadership skills were recognized by her school asking her to serve as Instructional Leadership Team member, Arts Integration Lead Teacher, and Performing Arts Department Chair. Jackie is a member of the National Dance Education Organization, and Understudy K-12 Administration Board Member for the Maryland Dance Education Association.

Ms. Martin is a Teacher’s Teacher. She believes in continuing to learn both as a teacher and a student. Jackie is a performer with the LightSwitch Dance Theatre. This theatre company has a mission to “create socially conscious art driven by the human condition that aims to give a voice to the voiceless”. Ms. Martin has expanded upon her learning and is the Owner/Artistic Director for LOUD Dance Collective. The mission of her company is to give back.

Jackie also serves as the Dance Resource Teacher where she works with new, non-tenured, and veteran dance teachers. Her targeted work with teachers she accepted the role of acting supervisor. Jackie will be the Arts Integration Lead for Level II Prince George’s County Artist Teacher Institute this summer, as well as provide instructional supports for the comprehensive teachers in the cohort next school year. Her work ethic, encouraging spirit, kindness, and willingness to do whatever it takes to help a student and teacher succeed are helping dance education in PGCPS to thrive and flourish.

Outstanding Educator Awardee

L. Jemil Miller

Jemil is a Problem solver. She is a creative illustrator that engage regularly with watercolors, acrylics and colored pencils. She is a visual arts teacher and has taught K-12 students at several Prince George’s County Schools. She began her teaching career as a K-6 art teacher in New York prior to moving to the Fairfax County School System.

This summer Jemil is teaching art to elementary students in Prince George’s County Public Schools as part of the summer learning loss recovery. As part of the Professional Educators Induction Program) she designs and presents monthly professional development for visual arts educators.

As a Visual Art Resource Teacher she is providing Instructional support for visual art teachers, PK – 12; curriculum writing; design, plan, and delivers professional development. She served as a men- tor teacher for visual arts Teaching interns from the University of Maryland and Towson University. From 2017 – 2020, she served as teaching artist for several Arts Integration, immersive workshops. The experience was designed to educate non-arts teachers of the benefits of integrating art and increasing their comfort level with the content area using distance learning platforms and strategies.

Ms. Miller received her BA in Art from Hampton University, and MEd from the American College of Education. She received her Administration I Certification at Trinity Washington University; and completed Advanced Studies: Cognitive Science in Adult Education.

She also completed the Changing Education Through The Arts course at the John F. Kennedy Center.

TIS THE SEASON

DATE: Wednesday, December 22, 2021

7pm (Doors open at 6pm)
Attendees must be vaccinated.

LOCATION:
Dr. Henry Wise High School
12650 Brooke Ln
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

2020 FAME Virtual Holiday Concert – Celebrating with Gratitude

This FAME’s annual end of year concert to thank our funders, sponsors, donors, and friends for their support of FAME and the students we serve throughout the year. We understand that we cannot do the work we do with the generous assistance of our supporters.  You all help us to Keep the Music Playing!

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