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Mustang Central Middle School Awarded Prestigious Grant

(Mustang, Oklahoma – March 29, 2021) – The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) once again collaborated with the Tri-M® Music Honor Society (a program of National Association for Music Education, or NAfME) to provide grants to 10 new Tri-M® chapters during the 2020-2021 academic year; Mustang Central Middle School (MCMS) was one of only 10 schools across the country to receive this coveted opportunity. 

“The National Association for Music Education and the National Federation of High School Associations sponsored this grant to help establish Tri-M Honor Society Chapters in schools where they did not exist,” said Dr. Michael Raiber who will serve as the Tri-M Chapter Advisor for MCMS.  “The fact that we have an established band student leadership team at Central helped us to secure this grant.”  Tri-M is the only honor society for student musicians in the country. Each year, over 85,000 student members from 2,300+ chapters participate in service and performance-based projects to enhance their school and community through music.  “Establishing this Tri-M Chapter will provide an opportunity for our musical scholars who show themselves to be academically capable and musically gifted,” Raiber continued. “Through the new Tri-M chapter, students will develop confidence, creativity, critical thinking, compassion, and a host of other leadership skills sure to serve them well in school and beyond.” 


Requirements to receive the grant included:

  • Have a willing faculty member able to fulfill the duties of the Advisor role.

  • Have never chartered a chapter, or not have had an active chapter in the past 10 years.

  • Be in good standing with their NFHS state association.

  • Plan to or currently participate in NFHS state music contests and/or programs.

  • Plan for student leadership development.

###MCMS band students received feedback from two world-renowned artists earlier this month: Jeffery Grogan, conductor of the Oklahoma Youth Symphony and the Oklahoma City University Symphony Orchestra, and Brian Britt, director of the Pride of Oklahoma at the University of Oklahoma.  

About Tri-M

The Tri-M Music Honor Society is the international music honor society for middle/junior high and high school students. It is designed to recognize students for their academic and musical achievements, reward them for their accomplishments and service activities, and to inspire other students to excel at music and leadership. Since 1985, through more than 8,500 active chartered chapters and approximately 92,000 student members, Tri-M has given more than $140,000 in Chapter of the Year Scholarship Awards to chapters across the country making a difference in their communities. Tri-M is a program of the National Association for Music Education. Learn more about Tri-M® Music Honor Society at

About NAfME

National Association for Music Education, among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century. With more than 60,000 members teaching millions of students nationwide, the organization is the national voice of music education in the United States.

About NFHS

The NFHS, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, is the national leadership organization for high school sports and performing arts activities. Since 1920, the NFHS has led the development of education-based interscholastic activities that help students succeed in their lives. The NFHS sets direction for the future by building awareness and support, improving the participation experience, establishing consistent standards and rules for competition, and helping those who oversee high school activities. Through its 50-member state associations and the District of Columbia, the NFHS reaches more than 19,500 high schools and 12 million participants in high school activity programs. As the recognized national authority on interscholastic activity programs, the NFHS conducts national meetings; sanctions interstate events; offers online publications and services for high school coaches and officials; sponsors professional organizations for high school coaches, officials, speech and debate coaches, and music adjudicators; serves as the national source for interscholastic coach training; and serves as a national information resource of interscholastic activities. For more information, visit the NFHS website at

About Mustang Public Schools

The Mustang Public School District covers over 72 square miles in Oklahoma and Canadian counties with the City of Mustang at its center. The district is the largest employer in Canadian County, with more than 1,500 certified and support employees. As one of Oklahoma’s Top Workplaces, the school district offers a comprehensive compensation package for full-time employees, in addition to a satisfying working environment. There are eight elementary schools (grades PreK-4), three intermediate centers (grades 5-6), three middle schools (grades 7-8), one high school (grades 9-12), and an educational center which houses pre-kindergarten and alternative education. 
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