Gary Meggs, Arkansas High School's band director, was recently named as one of 25 semifinalists for the 2019 Music Educator Award, given by the Recording Academy and Grammy Museum.
More than 2,800 nominations were submitted from 50 states for the award, which recognizes educators who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education in schools.
One recipient is selected each year and recognized for their remarkable impact on students' lives. The honoree will be flown to Los Angeles to attend the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.
Meggs received his bachelor's and master's degrees in music Education from Henderson State University. Prior to becoming the AHS Band Director, he was the director of jazz graduate studies at the University of Arkansas. Meggs has also served as director and coordinator of bands and music at schools across the state of Texas.
The Glenn Miller Orchestra, 106th Army National Guard band and East Texas Wind Symphony are only a few of the organizations in which Meggs has played as a guest artist. In 2010, he was selected to conduct the Four States Bandmaster's Jazz Honor Band.
"We are proud to have Mr. Meggs as the band director in the Texarkana Arkansas School District," TASD Superintendent Dr. Becky Kesler stated in a press release. "His experience and love for music and his students has propelled our band program to the next level. Being named a semifinalist by the Recording Academy and Grammy Museum is a testament to the gifts and talents he brings to our band program."