Raghav Mani, an eighth-grade student at Wydown Middle School, was honored with two awards at the end of the school year; Most Improved Percussion and Outstanding Percussion. I’m very proud of the work Raghav has accomplished, and look forward to seeing his continued artistry in percussion!
Cooper Deschryver, an eighth-grade student at Christ Community Lutheran school, has earned the Lutheran South Class of 2026 Arthur & Ruby Baisch Award. Given for outstanding musicianship and musical merit, this award comes with a $500 tuition assistance for his freshman year at Lutheran South High School. This award can be renewed each year if he maintains a 3.0 GPA and continues to participate in the Lutheran South band.
I’m very proud of the work Cooper has done to this point, and look forward to watching his continued growth in music. I’m honored to be his teacher!
Congratulations to my student Benjamin Allen, a sophomore at Fort Zumwalt South High School for winning first chair in the Option 1 category for the Metro 8 District in St. Louis. I am very proud of him, and look forward to his progress in the future!
Andrew Wang, a senior at John Burroughs High School, has earned a First Class with Honors Passing Grade on Level 4 of the Royal Canadian Conservatory Percussion Exam. Due to COVID-19, the exam was administered over the internet. Andrew did a terrific job on his prepared pieces for Snare Drum, Keyboard Percussion, and Drum Set, as well as responding well on the Ear Training portion of the exam. His grade earned him the highest grade in the state of Missouri as well!
Raghav M., a sixth grade student in the Clayton School District, has earned The Director Award for Band. The Director Award is given to the student who exhibits outstanding musicianship, outstanding citizenship, and dedication in all aspects of the band program. This is the highest honor awarded in each of the grade levels at his school. I’m so proud of him! Congratulations!
Edward Garner, Chaminade 2018, performed his senior recital to a packed Black Box Theater at Chaminade College Preparatory School on Tuesday, May 15th at 7:00 PM. The program featured a mix of snare drum, multiple percussion, drum set and marimba solos that showcased Edward’s skills well. I’m very proud to be his teacher and more proud of the fine young man I have had the pleasure to watch grow up. I am excited for his future studying music at Samford University in Homewood, Alabama!