Windham band director's love of music pays off
By ADAM SWIFT
Union Leader Correspondent | August 27. 2014 8:41PM
Windham High School band director Jared Cassedy is a quarterfinalist for the Grammy Foundation's music educator of the year award. (Courtesy)
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.