I recently returned from the TMEA (Texas Music Educators Association) 2008 Convention, and it was truly an enlightening event. The United States is notorious for cutting music programs nationwide, and here we have a state with so many individuals involved in music that 35,000 of which show up for one event. I took note even of one trio that ended up chatting with me at our booth, all of whom were cellists and cello teachers. What was amazing was that they were all from one very small town in the southernmost part of Texas. A tiny town with (at least) three cello teachers (elementary, middle, and high schools)!
I heard of countless stories of not only existing strong music programs, but adding and improving music programs throughout the state.
I applaud Texas for its musical growth, and proving the trend wrong.