Thousands of Michigan elementary students travel to Lansing every year to learn more about state government – but not many of them get to perform.

Students in the Maples Arabic Drumming Ensemble were invited to the Michigan Music Education Association’s Advocacy Day at the state Capitol on April 11.  Students got to experience legislative meetings, presentations and a lunchtime concert in the Capitol rotunda.

The day was intended to advocate for a top-quality music education for all Michigan students.  Maples was the only elementary school group of musicians invited to perform.  The ensemble is directed by Elizabeth Meyers.

The Maples Arabic Drummers is just one example of the district’s ongoing support for the arts at all grade levels. 

The district last year was again recognized as one of the nation’s “Best Communities for Music Education” by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation.  Only 16 districts in Michigan received the award and 583 across the country.  It was the 12th year Dearborn has received the honor.