A local teacher is up for one of the most prestigious awards in the music industry. The high school band director is in the running for a Grammy.
Scott Sheehan is the band director and the director of the music department at the Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School. He’s also one of ten music teachers across the country who are finalists for the 2019 Music Educator Award.
What does he think of the honor? When we caught up with him Wednesday at the high school, he was doing one of the things he loves best–directing the bands. First up, the small group jazz band, in the band room, and then afterwards, the high school band in the auditorium.
Of the nomination, he said “It is, to be honest with you, very overwhelming and incredibly humbling. I do what I do. I love music and I love the kids. I come every day to work and I don’t think of it as work.”
HASD Senior Zachary Grabill said, “I think it’s phenomenal that he as nominated and even better that he made it into the top ten finalists. I think he’s an amazing music director and an amazing teacher.”
And fellow student Abigail Barroner echoed Zachary’s remarks, saying, “It doesn’t surprise me. I’m so glad he got nominated, though, it’s such a great opportunity and he always creates so many opportunities for us. I’m glad that he has an opportunity to showcase his talents, instead of just showcasing ours.”
Mr. Sheehan says if he wins, it’s really a win for the entire Hollidaysburg School District and the community because they work together as a team.