The ceremony, held in The Great Hall at the Massachusetts State House, honored individuals for their commitment to serving their communities and making a lasting impact in the lives of others.
Dr. Banfield was celebrated for her dedication to community music awareness. As stated by the Master of Ceremonies, Dr. Banfield “has been instrumental in expanding City Music’s reach from four to now 18 Boston Public Schools and thanks to her leadership, Berklee City Music has educated more than 13,000 youth.”
The award was presented by Eddie Palladino, Public Address Announcer for the Boston Celtics; Steven Grossman, Treasurer for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; Bob Epstein, Celtics Co-Owner and Managing Partner; Jared Sullinger, Celtics Forward; and Edward F. Davis, Police Commissioner of the City of Boston.
J. Curtis Warner, Jr., Executive Director of Berklee City Music, has also received a Heroes Among Us Award. It is very exciting that Berklee City Music leadership continues to set the precedent for music education access and outreach.