Band Director A Finalist for GRAMMY Music Educator Award

The Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum announced the 10 finalists for the 2023 Music Educator Award, and among those 10 is Western Carolina University’s Jack A. Eaddy Jr.

Eaddy is in his second year with WCU as the Director of Athletic Bands and the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band. “I’m blessed to be the leader of such a phenomenal organization,” Eaddy said. “The students come here because they want to be successful, they want to achieve excellence and they want to be challenged to perform at the highest level.”

Eaddy has continued the Pride of the Mountain’s legacy of excellence forged by band directors like Bob Buckner and David Starnes. Eaddy is a decorated music educator in his own right, boasting an impressive resume of accolades throughout his career as a band director, including the Florida Music Educators Association Tom Bishop Award.

Earlier this year, Eaddy became one of 1,205 nominees for the Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum’s 2023 Music Educator Award, which honors educators who have made a lasting and significant impact on music education. Eaddy then became one of 207 quarterfinalists in June, one of 25 semifinalists in October and now he is one of ten finalists. The award recipient will be recognized at GRAMMY Week 2023, before the 65th GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, Feb. 5.

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