It is not every day that the average high school band director gets nominated for a Grammy. Well, that is exactly what happened to Hollidaysburg Area high School's Scott Sheehan last year. A former student of his nominated him for the Grammy's 2019 Music Educator Award.
Scott said that to be bestowed with such an honor is a very humbling experience. He said that he never expected something like this when he started his career over twenty years ago with the Bald Eagle Area High School.
At the beginning of the nomination process, there was over 3000 nominees. At that point, the nominees have to fill out a survey. Then, he was selected as a quarter finalist, which meant being narrowed down to 200-250. This is when he was asked for more detailed information. He was asked to submit videos of his teaching, along with videos of support from community members, school colleagues etc...and of course his resume and list of accomplishments.
To read Scott's complete interview, please check out our upcoming book They Came From Blair County due to be released by the end of 2020.
**Information for this article was obtained through an in person interview with Scott Sheehan
**Photos are from the personal collecton of Scott Sheehan