At Tuesday evening’s (April 26) Wilton High School Jazz Scholarship Concert, representatives from the GRAMMY Foundation officially presented WHS’s band director Frank “Chip” Gawle with his GRAMMY Educator Finalist Award, along with a $1,000 honorarium from the GRAMMY Foundation.
Presenting the award was legendary singer, musician, composer and arranger Darryl Tookes, a member of the Board of Governors of the New York Chapter of the Recording Academy.
Gawle also received an official citation from from the State of CT.
Wilton High School also received a $1,000 matching grant, which was presented to WHS Principal, Dr. Robert O’Donnell.
Gawle, a North Stamford, CT resident, was one of 10 music teachers selected as a finalist for the third annual Music Educator Award. In total, more than 4,500 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states.
A joint partnership and presentation of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation, the Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (kindergarten through college, public and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining quality music education in schools.
all photos: Susan Lash