For the first time in school history Salem High School’s choral and band programs have received the Blue Ribbon Award for Superior Music. In order to receive the award, which is given by the Virginia Music Educators Association, musical groups had to perform two pieces from approved graded music lists. They were then categorized, assessed and given a grade with level 1 being the easiest and level 6 the most difficult. The Salem High School Chorale, performing at a level 5 and sight reading at a level 3, received an overall Superior rating. They Salem High School Symphonic Band also received a Superior rating, performing at a level 4 and sight reading at a level 2.