WHS arts dean among contenders for Grammy Award
Earlier this month, Jared Cassedy learned he’s among the 222 American music teachers named as a quarterfinalist for the Grammy’s 2015 Music Educator of the Year Award.
Cassedy has been working in the Windham School District since 2005, when he was hired as the middle school’s band director. He moved to the high school in 2009 and is now the school’s dean of arts.
Earlier this year, Cassedy said he was nominated for the honors by one of his students, senior Tim Raymond, and Raymond’s mother, Christina.
“My theme was on how music really is such a great vehicle for collaborative learning,” he said.
The National Association for Music Education and Grammy officials will name the top 10 finalists in September, with the award winner to be announced by year’s end.
aguil\Each of the top 10 finalists will win $1,000 for their respective schools, with the winner to be presented with a check for $10,000.
Cassedy, who lives in Manchester, said his interest in music was piqued as a child, when he began taking piano lessons.
“Music is such a wonderful outlet, and regardless of what level you’re at, it teaches you how to connect,” Cassedy said.
“It’s been an incredible year for our music programs,” he told the School Board Tuesday night.
“It’s been an experience like no other,” he said.
Superintendent Winfried Feneberg said Cassedy’s latest accomplishment is a proud moment for Windham.
School Board member Mike Joanis, who traveled with the band to the Big Apple this spring and also went along on its trip to Chicago last year, recalled how immediately following the Carnegie Hall performance, every parent and student in attendance lined up to personally thank Cassedy and congratulate him on a job well done.
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