Roundtable Alert: Rep. Hastings Releases Military Bands Letter

Posted on September 9, 2016 in ,

Yesterday, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL-20) sent a letter to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Defense, urging them to preclude language that curtails military music ensembles from the final Fiscal Year 2017 Defense Appropriations bill.  This letter is a direct response to an amendment, created by Congresswoman Martha McSally (R-AZ-2), to the House’s Defense Appropriations bill that could cut military band funding by $430 million in Fiscal Year 2017.  

Joining Congressman Hastings in sighing the letter include 10 additional members in Congress:

  • Rep. Walter Jones
  • Rep. Tim Walz
  • Rep. Louise Slaughter
  • Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr.
  • Rep. Donald Payne Jr.
  • Rep. Corrine Brown
  • Rep. Tony Cardenas
  • Rep. Ted Lieu
  • Rep. Gregory Meeks
  • Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson

In addition to NAfME, 16 members of the Roundtable endorsed the letter.  A big thank you to those Roundtable members; you are all more than welcome now to promote your endorsement to your audiences and membership.

The National Association for Music Parents

 Music for All

 The Recording Academy

 National Association for Music Merchants

 Drum Corps International

 Winter Guard International

 League of American Orchestras

 Quadrant Arts Research

 Organization of American Kodaly Educators

 American Orff-Schulwerk Association

 VH1 Save The Music Foundation

 Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity

 Music Teachers National Association

 The Gordon Institute for Music Learning

The National Music Council


A full copy of the letter can be found here. You can also find a copy of the press release issued by the Office of Congressman Hastings here.

In addition to our advocacy work in ensuring “Well-Rounded” programs are fully funded under the Every Student Succeeds Act, we will continue to monitor the appropriations process very closely regarding the McSally amendment.  Please let me know if you have any questions!

Ronny C.H. Lau
Policy Advisor
National Association for Music Education
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