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OJSH Music Teacher Receives Award

Mr. Michael Mann presents the Keith Mann Young Band Director Award to Mrs. Ellie Anderson.

Mr. Michael Mann presents the Keith Mann Young Band Director Award to Mrs. Ellie Anderson.

OJSH Music teacher, Ellie Anderson, has been presented with a prestigious award. Mrs. Anderson was presented with the Keith Mann Young Band Director Award by the Alberta Band Association. The presentation took place during the Music Conference Alberta Awards Luncheon on October 27th in Red Deer, Alberta.

 The criteria for the award states that it is presented annually to an “outstanding new band director with fewer than 6 years teaching experience in the province of Alberta”. The award was created to honour the memory of Keith Mann, and the recipient will have demonstrated “Keith's enthusiasm and dedication to band music”.

 Kirk Wassmer, President of the Alberta Band Association, said: “The ABA is very proud to recognize young teachers who demonstrate a commitment to excellence in music education early in their career.  Ms. Anderson is a very deserving recipient of this award, and I wish her every success in her future.”

 Mrs. Anderson said that she was very grateful that the Alberta Band Association chose her as being worthy of such a prestigious award. Receiving this recognition has inspired her further to share her passion and enthusiasm for band and music with her students.

The award is named for Keith Mann who died in a motorcycle accident at age of 61 on May 11, 2001. Mr. Mann was a Director of Bands at Red Deer College and served as a guest conductor, lecturer, clinician and adjudicator throughout Canada, the United States and Europe.

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