The August edition of the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) magazine has a familiar face on its cover. The photo features Duncanville High School senior Trenitee Mackey.
The picture was taken in February when Duncanville High School’s A Cappella Choir performed at a special opening session for the group’s centennial celebration. The program, called ‘It Starts with Music,’ had other musical acts, but Duncanville High School’s A Cappella choir was the only chorus invited to perform. It was a proud moment for the district and head choir director Jesse Cannon.
“Seeing the photo on the cover draws me back to that day of our performance and our students representing Duncanville in front of thousands of music educators from across the state,” Mr. Cannon said.
The choir performed Ben E. King’s ‘Stand By Me’ to a live audience and later created a video version of the song to share shortly after it was announced students and staff would not return to school after spring break due to the global health crisis.
“Sharing our message of hope through song reminds me of my ‘why’ as an educator. I want my students to know that what others deem impossible is possible, and I cannot wait to create more meaningful experiences with them this year,” Mr. Cannon said.
Trenitee Mackey is a senior who plans to major in music education and performance. Mr. Cannon says she is a strong leader in the choral program.