JOSH TURNER INVESTS IN MUSIC EDUCATION

JOSH TURNER INVESTS IN MUSIC EDUCATION

Unlike the other Country Music headliners featured the April/May 2014 CMA Close Up cover story on music education, Josh Turner didn’t attend a high school with a consistent music program. To this day, it’s something he regrets.

And that’s why he decided a few years ago to help South Carolina kids who have this same disadvantage.

To symbolize his support for music education in his former school district, Josh Turner presented his Double Platinum plaque for Your Man to Steve Quick, Superintendent of the Oroville School District, for display in Turner’s alma mater, Hannah-Pamplico High School. Photo courtesy of Josh Turner.

To symbolize his support for music education in his former school district, Josh Turner presented his Double Platinum plaque for Your Man to Steve Quick, Superintendent of the Oroville School District, for display in Turner’s alma mater, Hannah-Pamplico High School. Photo courtesy of Josh Turner.

“That’s one of the few main reasons why I started the Josh Turner Scholarship Fund in 2006,” he said. “The school system I came up through, it was never anything consistent. One year we’d have band. One year we’d have a chorus. Some years we didn’t have anything. So I didn’t get a whole lot musical training from school.

“That obviously made an impression on me,” he continued. “When I came to Nashville, I started meeting people who did have musical training and music programs in school. I realized that I missed out on a lot. That was really what inspired me to start my scholarship fund, to help students in those kinds of schools that don’t have musical training or music programs. I want to give them financial assistance to go to a college where they can get the musical education that they need.”

The first few students to receive support from the Turners’ program came from his old school, Hannah-Pamplico High School in Pamplico, S.C. “The high school has made great strides into starting a music program,” Turner noted. “They have been flourishing. They have had a huge interest from the student body in that area. It’s really been great to see.”

For more on the Josh Turner Scholarship Fund, visit JoshTurner.com. Details on CMA’s Keep the Music Playing initiative to support public school music education can be found at CMAworld.com.

Top Photo: Josh Turner greets fans at AT&T U-Verse Fan Fair X in Downtown Nashville on Friday, June 7 during the 2013 CMA Music Festival. Donn Jones / CMA