The management and musical abilities of Bellevue High School teacher Vince Caruso have struck a chord with a national publication, which recently named him as one of the nation’s 50 band directors who are making a significant difference in music education.
Caruso was chosen for the honor by School Band and Orchestra magazine, which annually selects one director who deserves the honor from each U.S. state.
“I’m very proud to be on the list,” Caruso said. “Other directors I know who have been honored in the past all are excellent teachers. ”
The selection team said Caruso and the other notable directors represent “a reason to have confidence that music will find its way through the dark and twisting maze of funding and bureaucracy and into the hearts and minds of tomorrow’s leaders.”
More than 20,000 music directors read the monthly magazine, which focuses on the management aspects of running a successful music program.
Caruso has taught at Bellevue High School for nine years of his 15-year career. He leads 115 students involved in Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Band and Pep Band – as well as an after-school Jazz Club. Caruso told the magazine he tries to be a person students “can trust and a musician they can follow. Hopefully, those things lead to a musical experience that is memorable for them.”
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