NYSSMA Day in Albany – Monday, March 2, 2020

Each year during the month of March, NYSSMA celebrates “Music in Our Schools Month” across New York State. During this time, NYSSMA arranges a day in Albany for music educators to meet with our State legislators. SCMEA works collaboratively with NYSSMA to schedule times with Suffolk County Assemblymen/Senators to discuss current issues and how they may affect music programs for students and to express our gratitude for the continued support of music education. Music educators will be organized into groups and provided with talking points to discuss with the legislators. If you have never participated in this event, please consider doing so this year and if you have, please join us again! SCMEA provides transportation to and from Albany as well as a continental breakfast. NYSSMA provides lunch and dinner.
Plan your calendar now so that you are able to join us in this worthwhile and necessary endeavor!


5:15 AM – Coach bus leaves from Hauppauge High School North parking lot
5:45 AM – Coach bus leaves from LIE Exit 49 Park & Ride
6:00 AM – Coach bus leaves from Herricks Community Center parking lot
 Complimentary continental breakfast will be served
 During trip to Albany, schedules and talking points will be distributed and reviewed
9:30 AM – Bus arrives in Albany
 A brief meeting will be held regarding the appointments with State legislators – Meeting Room 6
10:00 AM – 11:30 PM – Meetings with NYS Senators and Assemblymen
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM – All-State student musicians perform for legislators – South Concourse
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Lunch with legislators – Meeting Room 6
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Continued legislative visits
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Reception – All-State Jazz Ensembles
11:30 PM – Bus returns to Long Island

To secure a seat on the bus or inquire about additional information, please contact:

Dr. Michael Caravello, SCMEA Government Relations Co-Chairperson


Dr. John Gallagher, SCMEA Government Relations Co-Chairperson