On November 8, 2017, the first Tri-M Music Honor Society in the Rio Grande Valley was presented with an official charter designation certificate at La Joya Palmview High School. Mrs. Yvonne Ayala, Principal at LJ Palmview High School presented the official Charter #7775 to the Faculty Chapter Advisors, Mr. Jacob Banda and Mrs. Esperanza Medina.

Twelve newly inducted students from the various music departments and disciplines: band, mariachi, choir, and orchestra were sworn in as the first official Charter members of the organization. The student-run chapter will work towards providing leadership and service opportunities throughout the year through service projects showcasing the student’s musical talents.

“It is an honor and a privilege to have this prestigious organization at LJ Palmview High School. Now our music students can share their love for music and talents and be recognized on a National level for their hard work and commitment towards their craft,”  added Mr. Jacob Banda, Faculty Chapter Advisor.

Lizette Hernandez, Tri M Chapter President, said: “ I am honored to be a part of the first group of students initiated in to this incredible program. As President, along with all my colleagues, we will use our musical talents to further the love of music to our community and region.”

Tri-M Music Honor Society, formerly known as Modern Music Masters, is a high school and middle school music honor society and is a program of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). It is designed to recognize students for their academic and musical achievements as young musicians. Each school has its own chapter, which is run by the students but supervised by an advisor or sponsor, usually a school teacher. There are approximately 6,200 participating chapters in several countries.

To be eligible for membership, a student must maintain a B average in their music classes, a B average in all of their academic courses, be presently enrolled in a music course at their school, and be recommended for membership by their school’s music faculty.

Great job to the LJ Palmview music staff for initiating such a powerful organization that enables students to thrive in what they love!