Windham band director's love of music pays off
That love of music could carry Cassedy, the Windham High School band and district fine arts director, to the stage of the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles later this year.
Cassedy began playing piano at the age of 6 and later picked up the clarinet. At Salem High, his passion for music and education was further fueled by band director Martin Claussen.
“I love my job, I love music, and I love teaching music,” he said. “Music and fine arts are a great conduit for students to be able to find themselves.”
Music and the arts provide a mix of collaboration and introspection and create an outlet for expression that cannot be reached in other ways, Cassedy said.
“It reminds me of how lucky I am to work in a district that supports the arts,” he said.
Each semifinalist receives a $1,000 honorarium and a $1,000 donation to his or her district’s music program.
The winner is flown to Los Angeles for the Grammy Awards and receives a $10,000 honorarium and the same amount donated to the music program.
To improve the chance of seeing your comment posted here or published in the New Hampshire Union Leader:
- Identify yourself. Accounts using fake or incomplete names are suspended regardless of the quality of posts.
- Say something new, stay on topic, keep it short.
- Links to outside URLs are discouraged, if used they should be on topic.
- Avoid comments in bad taste, write well, avoid using all capital letters
- Don't cite facts about individuals or businesses without providing a means to verify the claim
- If you see an objectionable comment please click the "Report Abuse" button and be sure to tell us why.
Note: Comments are the opinion of the respective poster and not of the publisher.Be the first to comment.