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Prince Frederick, MD- Mt Harmony, and Sunderland Elementary Schools instrumental music teacher Janet Gross was awarded the 2020 Rosemary and James Walters Service Award by the Maryland Music Educators Association.

The award is presented annually to recognize an individual who has made a significant contribution to the Maryland Music Educators Association.

The Rosemary and James Walters Award for Service to the Maryland Music Educators Association was established in 2001 in memory of Rosemary and James Walters. Their teaching careers were in Maryland, spanning 30 years until a tragic accident in April 2001.

Jim taught instrumental music, most recently at Francis Scott Key Middle School in Montgomery County. Rosemary taught choral music. Together, they characterized the essence of supporting the music education profession. They supported their colleagues, young and seasoned, and they supported every professional activity of the association and the school music community. Jim served as MBDA president, but his contribution was not limited to band activities.

Rosemary eventually left the classroom to work full time in church music, but her involvement as a substitute music teacher and as an accompanist
continued. At nearly any MMEA event, it was typical to see Jim and Rosemary offering to assist when they were not “on duty,” doing whatever
needed to be done.

Congratulations to Ms. Gross.


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