Sunday, October 1, 1995

Bill McManus Wins Mass. Music Educators Distinguished Service Award

Dr William G. McManus
Music Director
William G. McManus, who became Music Director of the Concord Band last spring, was recently awarded the 1995 Distinguished Service Award by the Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA). The MMEA, whose members are more than 1,200 music educators from across the commonwealth, selects one of its members each year for this prestigious award.

Bill, a Past-President of the MMEA, has been extremely active in the organization for more than 25 years. He has worked at the district level, state level and also the Eastern Division level. Most recently, he has served as chair of the Massachusetts Coalition for Music Education, an organization advocating for the inclusion of music in the public school curriculum.

The award, which was presented to Bill at the 1995 MMEA All State Conference in Danvers, reads as follows:

The Massachusetts Music Educators Association Distinguished Service Award is presented to Dr. William G. McManus for his dedication to high standards in Music Education for all students of Massachusetts; for his inspirational leadership as an administrator in his community and our association; for his tireless efforts to influence state government as to the importance of the arts in every child's educational life; for his total commitment to our profession.
Dr. McManus is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory of Music and holds a Master of Music and Doctor of Education from Boston University. He currently serves as Director of Fine and Performing Arts for the Belmont public schools. He is also on the faculty of Fitchburg State College. Prior to assuming his position in Belmont, McManus was Supervisor of Music in the Leicester Public Schools (1965- 1971) and Coordinator of Music for the Westborough Public Schools (1971-1983).