- The John Hanson Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade bands performed May 3 at the Music in the Parks Festival in New Jersey. They earned an Excellent rating, which is similar to a B grade and earned second place among 18 featured groups. The group also earned the highest event award – the Espirit de Corps award – which recognizes groups for proper social behavior, musical behavior and encouragement. The award also recognizes students for their support of other participating groups. The Hanson band features more than 100 students in grades six through eight, and often travels out-of-state to participate in other Music in the Parks Festivals. The band director is Meg Cancino, an instrumental music teacher at Hanson.
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,700 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 caring community schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.