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The Glenn W. Levey Middle School (Southfield, Michigan) is a Southfield Public School (SPS), STEAM  (Science,  Technology,  Engineering,  Arts  and  Math)  Middle  School  as  well  as  a “National  Blue  Ribbon  School  of  Excellence.”  Our  mission  is  for  all  students  to  learn successfully to the best of their ability in an environment conducive to social, intellectual, and personal development. Dr. Rita Teague has been in the field education for over 30 years. She has served  in  various  capacities,  including  classroom  teacher,  department  head,  and  assistant principal. She holds a Doctorate in Educational Policy and Leadership, which makes her well prepared for the role of Levey’s Principal. Our  Band Director,  Jeffrey  D.  Smith,  Sr.,  has  22  years  of  experience  in  music  instruction, teaching with Detroit Public Schools (DPS) for 15 years, Director of Bands at Laura F. Osborn HS for ten years and five years at Brenda M. Scott MS. He is a product of DPS, graduate of Grambling and Wayne State Universities, and a member of various Professional and Fraternal Organizations. He is the recipient of many accolades, including:

« Wayne RESA Achievement Award 
« SPS Founder’s Day Award
« Middle School Teacher of the Year
« MSBOA District 15 Band Teacher of the Year
« Detroit Pistons Game Changer

Since Mr. Smith’s arrival to Levey in 2009, we have raised over $80,000 in annual fundraisers. He has developed and maintained a 150 plus piece instrumental music program and band parent organization. The Jaguars Band Program is an  all-inclusive music program welcoming students with special needs. In the last five years, we have attended Music Festivals in both Orlando, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia. In 2010, we travelled to Orlando, with 97 students and their chaperones. We returned with three first place trophies during the five-day trip. In 2011, the Jaguars travelled to Atlanta and successfully won first place honors. In 2012-2014, the Band brought back a total of 26 trophies from the Orlando Festivals. This past April 2015, the Jaguars attended the Atlanta Music Festival returning with three first place trophies in Marching Band, Percussion and Dance Line.

The Jaguars perform and compete several times throughout each school year, including:

« Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA)
« Back-to-School Rallies
« North End Youth Improvement Council Adopt-A-Child Christmas Program (Cobo Hall)
« Detroit Police Athletic League Football Championship (Ford Field)
« Annual Band-O-Rama

Band students also attend music camps such as the Beverly Thomas Fine Arts Camp, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Starving Artist Camp and other music and academic camps during the summer. The Levey Music Program also includes additional performance groups (Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, Solo & Ensemble, and Strings). The Jazz Band performs at more than eight events per year. We are honored to have made history as the first ever middle school to march in  the  America’s  Thanksgiving  Parade,  this past November  26, 2015. We welcome your attendance  any of our performances throughout the year to see the dedication and enthusiasm of these young children.

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