GRAMMY PSA-  May 19, 2015 



PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (May 19, 2015) — The “Spirit of the Sands” Music program at Palm Springs High School has been selected by the GRAMMY Foundation® to receive the GRAMMY® Signature Schools Community Award, a program recognizing top U.S. public high schools that are making an outstanding commitment to music education during the academic school year.


Palm Springs was named one of 80 schools nationwide this school year to be named  GRAMMY Signature Schools Community Award recipient based on the quality of its music program, its comprehensive and diversified musical offerings, and student participation in music classes. In addition to this recognition, a cash prize of $2,000 is being awarded to benefit their music program sponsored by Hot Topic for their commitment to music education. The award will be presented at the “Spirit of the Sands” 2015 Concert Finale at 7 p.m. at the Palm Springs High Gymnasium on Tuesday May 26th (as the Auditorium is under construction). Admission is free although donations are gratefully accepted.

On hand for the presentation and concert will be Brian Ingelson, Director of Bands, Spirit of the Sands “the Official Band of the City of Palm Springs," and Department Chair, Fine Arts

Palm Springs High School, who was recently named a quarter finalist for the annual Music Educator Award™ presented by The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation.

The GRAMMY Foundation was established in 1988 to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture. The Foundation accomplishes this mission through programs and activities that engage the music industry and cultural community as well as the general public. The Foundation works in partnership year-round with its founder, The Recording Academy, to bring national attention to important issues such as the value and impact of music and arts education and the urgency of preserving our rich cultural heritage. In recognition of the significant role of teachers in shaping their students' musical experiences, The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation partnered to present their first Music Educator Award in 2014. Open to current U.S. music teachers in kindergarten through college, the third annual Music Educator Award will be presented at the Special Merit Awards Ceremony & Nominees Reception during GRAMMY Week 2016. For more information about the Music Educator Award, please visit For more information about the Foundation, please visit For breaking news and exclusive content, please like "GRAMMY in the Schools®" on Facebook, follow the GRAMMY Foundation on Twitter (@GRAMMYFdn) and join us on Instagram (@GRAMMYFdn).


Members of the Spirit of the Sands comprised the sole representative group for California at the 57th Inaugural Parade in Washington DC in 2013. They have performed around the world representing the United States in South Africa, China, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, France, Italy, England, Denmark, Sweden, Scotland, and Canada. They are the Official Band of the City of Palm Springs and are proud to represent city, state, and country wherever they perform. More than eighty five percent of the band members are on the school honor role and for the past eleven years, one hundred percent of the group’s regular graduating seniors have qualified for  colleges or university or enter military service.