Band room trophy cases aren’t always the roomiest places in town, but at Nation Ford High School there could be reason open up a spot.
Band Director Martin Dickey could wind up winning a Grammy. He’s one of 217 quarterfinalists nationwide, one of two from South Carolina, for the Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and The Grammy Foundation.
Quarterfinalists came from more than 30,000 nominations. Semifinalists will be named in August.
The award is in its first year and will be presented in Los Angeles during Grammy Week. The winner will attend the Grammy awards ceremony and receive a $10,000 honorarium. Nine more finalists will get $1,000. Schools will receive matching grants.
The award is designed to recognize a teacher who has “made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrates a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools.” It will be given during the Special Merit Awards Ceremony and Nominees Reception honoring recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Trustee Award and Technical Grammy Award.