The head of the Nixa band has been given an honor by the Missouri Music Educations Association.
Craig Finger was given the “John East Spirit of Orpheus Mentor” Award. The award is given to band directors who are known as role models and mentors for other band directors and who have been leaders in the MMEA.
“John East was my mentor when I first started teaching at Mountain Grove and passed away suddenly in 1999. To be recognized by my peers with an award in his name is a special moment in my career,” Finger said in a statement.
Finger has been teaching for 26 years in the MMEA’s South Central District and has been the vice president for the Missouri state band for the last two years.