Whether they were performing in a big band or teaching a marching band, UNT alumni received recognition at the annual Grammy Awards in February.
Several individuals with UNT connections contributed to American Dreamers: Voices of Hope, Music of Freedom, which won Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album for the John Daversa Big Band. They are alumni saxophonist Jeff Driskill, trumpeter Jack Wengrosky ('96 M.M.), trombonist Derek Pyle ('16) and bassoonist Brian McKee, academic counselor for graduate studies in the College of Music.
Jeremy Bradstreet ('98 M.M.), right, band director of Dublin Coffman High School in Dublin, Ohio, was a finalist for the Recording Academy and Grammy Foundation's "Music Educator of the Year" Award. He's led his students to national awards, but he was cited for his personal approach to teaching -- such as hosting social events, and leadership and mentorship opportunities.
"I hope to teach my students that anything they want to attain in life can be possible, but it might be a long-delayed process of gratification, much like making beautiful music," Bradstreet says.