• Tri-M is the Garden City High School chapter of the national organization, sponsored by NAfME: The National Association for Music Education. Membership is by invitation and is based on chapter guidelines concerning musicianship, student character, scholarship, leadership and musical service to the school and community.

    In the fall every year, an opportunity will exist for music students to nominate themselves for consideration.

    The musicianship guideline is very flexible. Students must demonstrate that they participate in both a school ensemble and an additional music acitivity. That could be a second curricular ensemble like Jazz Band, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, or Marching Band. It could also mean being part of the musical, the pit orchestra, or outside groups such as MYO. Participation in musical events such as NYSSMA, All-County, or private lessons may also be considered. This requirement may also be fulfilled through a music teacher recommendation.

    Candidates must maintain an average of at least a 90 in music ensemble classes and a cumulative GPA of an 80.

    The names of the students who meet musical and scholarship requirements are then forwarded to the faculty for character recommendations.

    At the end of this process, the appropriate ensemble teachers are consulted before making final decisions about removing any nominated student. Students and parents do not participate in this part of the process.

    New members are inducted during a formal ceremony in late winter. Tri-M does not function as a typical high school club, but members of the group hold monthly meetings and are required to participate in numerous school and community music events. Members serve as ushers and stage crew for high school concerts, assist with NYSSMA, and support the work of their student colleagues in all of the school’s music ensembles. Students who do not fulfill the obligations of Tri-M may have their membership reevaluated.

    Please see Mr. Mayo with any question you may have about Tri-M.