The formation of this chapter signifies the school’s recognition of the importance of the arts in the development of a comprehensive educational program. The Tri-M Music Honor Society provides a means of recognizing the efforts and achievements of music students who volunteer their time and share their musical talent with others. Since 1952, almost 5,000 Tri-M chapters have been chartered in the United States and abroad, and current membership exceeds 45,000.The goal of the Tri-M Music Honor Society is to foster greater interest in band, orchestra, and choral performance and to provide more opportunities for personal musical expression. Students are selected for membership in the honor society on the basis of musicianship, scholarship, character, leadership, and service to their school and community. The organization’s high standards serve to challenge students to greater effort and achievement and to encourage them in the pursuit of excellence.In 1983, the Tri-M Music Honor Society became a program of MENC: The National Association for Music Education. MENC, with more than 120,000 members, is the world’s largest arts education organization and is dedicated to the advancement of music education at the national and local levels. MENC’s activities and resources have been largely responsible for the establishment of music education as a profession and the promotion and guidance of music study as an integral part of the school cirriculum.For more information about Tri-M or MENC, visit the Web site or call the MENC office at 800-336-3768.