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Mr. Greg Devito, choral instructor at Fairmont Senior High School, has begun a fundraising campaign to purchase iPADs and instructional materials for students to learn music composition and theory in a digital age. The donations are rolling in, and the goal is very close to being reached.

From Mr. Devito:

"I have taught a course with these materials at another school. Students who were involved in this course have gone on to join choir and/or band, gone into digital design in college, or have decided to pursue a career in music. This changed their entire perception of music and the arts in general; and best of all, it increased their respect and appreciation for the culture that music brings to our way of life. "

"If you chip in to help my students, you'll receive awesome photos and our heartfelt thanks. Your support would mean so much to us. Thank you."

Please help the students reach their goal. To learn more about this program. Click on the link above. 






Congratulations to Mr. Thomas Straight, who applied for and received a "Save the Music" grant from VH1!

The funds from this grant will place music instruments into the hands of students at Monongah Middle School.

For more information about "Save the Music", visit




We are very fortunate to have a music educator who seamlessly integrates technology into his classroom instruction. Mr. Gregory Devito (Rivesville Elementary/Middle) uses an iPad app called Doceri with his music students. Mr. Devito is featured at the developer's website. Read about how he implements Doceri and iPads as part of the teaching/learning process. Way to go, Mr. Devito!


 A SUPERB event took place on Thursday, March 28th, at the NMHS auditorium: the annual "Margaret Pantalone All-County Choral Festival". Approximately 277 middle schoolers and three high school ensembles took to the stage for an hour of celebration and song. The auditorium was filled to capacity for the event, now in its 43rd year, and the largest to date in terms of students on stage.

Many thanks to the students, their relatives, the choral instructors (3 high schools and 7 middle schools), clinician Ryan Keeling, Josh Chiado, the NMHS administration, cafeteria and custodial staff, my wife (Pam), Jean Hinzman, Sheldon Tennant, McDonalds, Tygart Valley Shop-N-Save, David Nuzum, the Marion County BOE maintenance and transportation departments, and the office of Child Nutrition for their contributions since the start of school to make this the LARGEST choral festival since my assignment as music supervisor.

Each year the event just keeps growing larger. THAT is a testament to the music program in Marion County! To all involved: a job well done! To Margaret Pantalone (the event's namesake): We love you!



Charlie Pitrolo - Music Supervisor
Marion County Schools
200 Gaston Avenue
Fairmont, WV  26554
304.367.2100 ext.130   







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