Dan Scott, Director of Orchestras at Jenison High School has been given the prestigious honor of being named the Director of the Year by the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association.
Last Spring we told you about the nomination process for Mr. Scott which was the first step on this exciting journey. He was nominated [alongside Mr. Zamborsky] by his peers in District 10 which is comprised of Allegan, Ottawa and Kent counties and this past June the nominations were narrowed down to only 3 teachers by the Executive Board of the MSBOA. Then, in December, those 3 band and 3 orchestra teachers are voted on by the statewide membership of the MSBOA. The winners are announced in January at DeVos Hall during the performance of the All-State Band and Orchestra performances.
There will be an official presentation in May at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival where Mr. Scott will guest conduct the Michigan Youth Arts Festival honors orchestra.
“It is an absolute honor to be on this list. The previous recipients of this award are some of the most respected teachers in my profession and I have looked up to many of them for years. To have my name on the same list as these people is a true honor. Its also special that this award is voted on by band and orchestra teachers throughout the state.” — Mr. Scott
For the past 17 years Mr. Scott has had many opportunities to see his students grow and give back and he is thankful for the many great opportunities Jenison has provided him as a teacher. He is especially thankful for the chance to travel with the orchestras to Disney World. Last year they were able to add a performance at Give Kids the World which is a Disney resort dedicated to children with terminal diseases or serious health concerns. The orchestra performed for these families as they waited to see Santa and as children passed by, many in wheelchairs, “tears streamed down several of our students’ faces as they performed for these families. I will never forget that night.”
Mr. Scott is also thankful for the connection to former students that Facebook has allowed him:
“The most gratifying thing about my career is when students who have been away from the program for years, after college or in college, and they send me a message saying how they “got their violin out and played some music from the past”. To see how playing their instrument becomes a part of their life after JHS is easily the biggest reward my students can give me.”
Knowing that no teacher works alone, Mr. Scott is especially grateful to his fellow staff at Jenison: “The music department is a rare group of professionals who are all tops in their profession. They are all wonderful teachers who consistently amaze me how they show their love for students, music and education. In 2002, Carol Johnson joined the orchestra program, taking over the JH program and her partnership is one of the biggest reasons Jenison has the orchestra program it has today.”
We join the MSBOA in saluting you, Mr Scott! We’re so proud to have you on our team!