National Education Music Company (NEMC) the leading provider of musical rental instruments to schools across the country, recently completed their third annual MUSIC IS LIFE contest by presenting the winning performance group,The Reading Intermediate HS Jazz Band of Reading, Pa. with a prize package worth $11,000.

NEMC’s MUSIC IS LIFE Contest is a nationwide video performance competition open to any school based performance group including bands,orchestras, choirs and small ensembles. Applicants are required to submit a short performance video to showcase their talents with the winner selected on the company’s web site ( by popular vote.

Conducted by NEMC with prize support from F.E. Olds and Conn-Selmer, the grand prize winner received a new F.E. Olds 4 valve Euphonium,a Selmer Baritone Sax and a check to the band boosters for $1,000.00.

Reading Intermediate HS Jazz band director Mr. Charlie DiCarne said “ We are grateful for the new instruments and proud to have been selected. The students all work very hard so it’s great for them to be recognized. We have a growing program in a fiscally constrained environment so the additional instruments will be put to good use.

According to NEMC president David Benedetto, the contest “was designed to stimulate creativity, recognize achievement and help school music groups work toward a common goal that fosters teamwork.

For over 50 years NEMC has been a trusted leading provider of band and orchestra products and the NEMC Affiliate Rental Program has been a key factor in the success of music retailers throughout the country.

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