TOWN OF TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) – It’s music to his ears.
Phil Aguglia, band director at Kenmore East High school, is a quarterfinalist for the Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation.
More than 7,000 nominations were submitted from all 50 states. Aguglia is one of 222 teachers who have advanced to the next round.
Aguglia is the only quarterfinalist selected from Western New York for the Music Educator Award, which recognizes current educators from kindergarten through the college level who have made a significant contribution to the field of music education.
The award will be presented during GRAMMY Week 2015. The winner will be chosen from a list of 10 finalists and will flown to Los Angeles to accept the award, attend the GRAMMY Awards ceremony and receive a $10,000 honorarium. The nine other finalist will each receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the schools of all 10 finalists will also receive matching grants.
The first ever Music Educator Award was presented in January to another Western New Yorker – Kent Knappenberger of Westfield Academy and Central School in Westfield.