Jared Cassedy, the band director at Windham High School in New Hampshire, has been named the winner of the second annual Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation, CBS News reports.
Mr Cassedy will receive a $10,000 honorarium, and the high school will receive a matching grant. Nine other finalists, selected from more than 7,000 nominations from all 50 states, will receive a $1,000 honorarium, the foundation reported, and their schools will also receive matching grants:
- Steven Acciani, Diamond Bar High School, Calif.
- William Bennett, Cane Bay High School, Summerville, S.C.
- Charles Cushinery, Ed W Clark High School, Las Vegas, Nev.
- Krista Fanning, Caddo Middle Magnet, Shreveport, La.
- Richard Maxwell, Arcadia High School, Phoenix, Ariz.
- Debra Reilly, Springhouse/Orefield Middle Schools, Allentown, Pa.
- Huber Smith, Maplewood Middle School, Sulphur, La.
- Nancie Tobison, Barrington High School, Ill.
- Danny Yancey, Martin Gifted & Talented Magnet School, Raleigh, N.C.
As you’ll hear in the video from CBS, Mr Cassedy doesn’t believe in auditions. Any student who plays an instrument can join his award-winning band, which was invited to perform on the main stage at Carnegie Hall in New York and has won several contests for concert band.
“This award is not only recognition of the truly talented students and supportive community I get to work with every day, but it’s also a representation of the fundamental significance of music and the arts in our schools,” he said. “As a tribute to the thousands of outstanding music educators everywhere, I cannot thank The Recording Academy and GRAMMY Foundation enough for helping us to advocate for and to celebrate the importance of music education across the nation.”