Camelback Band Director Selected as a GRAMMY Music Educator quarterfinalist

Posted by Community Relations on 8/27/2014

Camelback Band Director Jamie Johnston has been selected as a GRAMMY Music Educator Award quarterfinalist, one of only two from Arizona among the 7,000 nominees.

There are 222 Quarterfinalists representing 208 cities and 41 states. Semifinalists will be announced in September and ten finalists will be notified in December from which one Music Educator of the Year will be selected and honored at the 2015 GRAMMY Awards, January 26.

Johnston is in her ninth year with Phoenix Union and entering her second year at Camelback after a successful stint at Central High. At Camelback, Johnston increased band enrollment from 20 to 45 in one year, and has 75 members this year thanks to a summer school band program. Under her watch, she more than doubled enrollment in guitar classes and the music department was able to add another teacher. A new class she started this fall called “Creating Music through Technology” is attracting more music students and she has turned last year’s volunteer jazz band into a Jazz class this year. Her Camelback students nominated her for the GRAMMY Award.

Johnston attended Arcadia High School, and coincidently, her band teacher, Richard Maxwell, is the other Arizona GRAMMY quarterfinalist.