Local Middle School Teacher in the running for Grammy Award

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - Since their inception in May of 1959, the Grammy Awards have been seen as one of the pinnacles of achievement in terms of the music industry. For many years, these awards have been given to musicians of all genres and styles in a variety of categories. This year, the organization has created a new award, one which demonstrates the broadening variety experienced over the course of fifty years – The Music Educator Award. Out of 217 quarter-finalists for this new award, one was a local music teacher from Scotch Plains, his name, John Gillick.

Working at the Terrill Middle School and known for his work with the Scotch Plains/Fanwood High School marching band, Gillick has been recognized as a quarter-finalist for the new Grammy Music Educator award. The award itself is considered for individuals who have brought the world of music to a new generation of students. Learning of his award nomination, Gillick showed his excitement in an interview with Frank Mustac of The Independent Press.

“To be considered among all these great educators is just an honor for me,” Gillick said. “The students are just fun to be around, but I never got into teaching for this kind of stuff. I just enjoy working with kids and just making music.”

While the final winner of the award will be announced in August during Grammy week, we can only say good luck to an individual with such passion in such a diverse and engaging field.

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