DC Council Honors Myrna
Today, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, the DC Council passed a resolution honoring Myrna Sislen's work helping to repair instruments for the music program at Jefferson Academy. Middle C Music is of course very proud to be singled out for its work. If you missed reporter Sam Ford's WJLA story on Myrna's mission to rescue the instruments for Jefferson's eager students, here it is:
Below are part of Myrna's remarks today:
"My family has been in Washington for more than 100 years. My grandfather had a store on Morse St. NE, and my grandmother had a store on 4th St. SW, It was called Ray’s Toyland, and believe it or not there are people still alive who remember going to see Miss Ray after school to buy candy and pickles.
"My mother attended Jefferson Jr. High School, as it was known then, and graduated in 1938. She then went on to Eastern High School, where she met and later married my father.
"Last May, as part of our annual lobbying effort for music education, NAMM, the National Association of Music Merchants, members from all over the country came to DC. Traditionally, there is a day of service before the lobbying begins and this year Jefferson Academy was that school.
"When it was determined that 100 of the 130 band instruments at the school were in need of repair, word went out to find volunteers to fix the instruments. I won’t go into details, but after getting a number of polite declines, I stepped up and said I, Middle C Music, would repair and maintain all the instruments, and do it in my mother’s memory. And that is what I have done. So far we have repaired close to 50 band instruments.
"Do you want to know the best part. It is the support of our community that allows Middle C Music to give back. It doesn’t get better than this."