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MBI’s Palmer vies for music educator award

Scott Palmer, the brass caption supervisor for Minnesota Brass, is among nearly 300 quarterfinalists to win the 2017 Music Educator Award presented by the Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation.

Palmer, a band director at Eden Prairie High School, is one of five Minnesota music educators in contention for the prestigious award. The others are Eric Songer (Chaska Middle School, West Chaska), Peter Meyer (St. Cloud State University), Geneva Fitzsimonds (South View Middle School, Edina) and Adrian Davis (Roosevelt High School, Minneapolis). He also is on the brass instructional staff with California’s Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps.

The music educator of the year and nine other finalists will receive cash honorariums supported by the GRAMMY Foundation’s Education Champions: Converse, Disney Performing Arts, the Ford Motor Co. Fund and Journeys. Additionally, the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association for Music Education, the NAMM Foundation and the National Education Association support the program through outreach to their constituencies.

Palmer is among 290 music teachers from 41 states have reached the quarterfinals. More than 3,300 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states. The award will be presented during GRAMMY Week 2017.

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