CBS News Grammy announcement:
NEWS Walnut Valley Unified School District
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 880 S. Lemon Avenue
December 5, 2014 Walnut, CA 91789
Kelli Gile, Office of Community Resources
(909) 595-1261 ext. 31204
GRAMMY NOMINATION DAY
Diamond Bar High’s Steve Acciani Named Finalist for Music Educator Award
DIAMOND BAR, CA--Diamond Bar High School Instrumental Music Director Steve Acciani has been named a finalist for the Grammy Music Educator Award.
Ten teachers were selected from over 7,000 nominations around the country for their significant contributions to music education.
Each finalist will receive $1,000 honorarium.
“We are extremely proud of the recognition that Mr. Acciani has earned from the Grammy Foundation. He is an inspirational music teacher and an integral part of who we are as a community. We are so happy for him!” said Principal Catherine Real.
This is Acciani’s 26th year teaching in the Walnut Valley Unified School District.
“I feel so fortunate to live and work in a community that recognizes the importance of the arts for our students. The school district and community continues to provide fantastic support for our programs, allowing us to do some pretty amazing things,” Acciani said.
While the Grammy ceremony is held to present artists with the recording industry’s most prestigious award, the Grammy Foundation and Recording Company will also honor one local hero.
The winner will be announced during the 57th Annual Grammy Awards on February 8, 2015.
For the second year, the Grammy Music Educator Award will pay tribute to a special teacher for his/her remarkable impact on students.
The winner will be flown to Los Angeles to accept the award, attend the Grammy Awards ceremony, and receive a $10,000 honorarium.
On November 11, Grammy honorary chairman and “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest visited Diamond Bar High to congratulate Acciani on being named one of the 25 semifinalists for the award.
Ford Motor Company was on hand that day hosting its Drive 4 UR School test-drive event to help raise money for the music program.
Seacrest joined in the fun taking a test drive with two DBHS students!
Diamond Bar High was named the 2014 National Grammy Signature School becoming the first high school in California to receive the prestigious award.
Diamond Bar High School Instrumental Music Director Steve Acciani has been named a finalist for the Grammy Music Educator Award.
Acciani performed with students during the Drive 4 UR School fundraiser on November 11.