I can easily say that I am doing what I am doing today because my music teachers inspired me along the way. However, there is one in particular that had a knack for keeping me going during those moments I was about to give up, even when he may not have realized it.
I wrote this article in 2010 as a nomination story with the intention of nominating my high school band director from Tulare Western High School, Marcia Sweet, for the Kennedy Center Inspirational Teacher Award. However, Marcia became ill about the same time and I was uncomfortable submitting the nomination since it requires that the nominee be able to accept the award. When I received the news of her passing, I submitted the article to my hometown newspaper. It was published in the Tulare (California) Advance Register on December 17, 2010.