Brian Drake, an instrumental music teacher and band director at Westminster High School, has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the Carroll County Music Educator Award, sponsored by the Music Advocates of Carroll County.

The award was scheduled to be presented during the Westminster High School Marching Band Show on Saturday, Oct. 13.

Drake has been an instrumental music director at Westminster High School for more than 10 years.

During this tenure, the school has been recognized for exceptional ensembles, both outside on the marching field and inside on the concert stage.


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In addition, Drake is a composer and arranger and a mentor to many young people - whether they are pursuing music as a career or entering an entirely different field.

Angelina KlineBurgess, a parent who nominated Drake for the award, said in a release from the school system that Drake, "stands out as dedicated, thorough and patient, while at the same time insisting on rigor and asking for the same dedication from his students that he gives to them."

"(Drake's) expertise and commitment to the instrumental music program at Westminster over many years is greatly appreciated," said Principal Kenneth Goncz.

The Music Educator of the Year Award was designed to highlight Carroll County music educators who demonstrate a record of teaching effectiveness in and outside the classroom, and who have the ability to inspire creative development of students. Other criteria include an approach that is innovative, rigorous, creative and engaging, as well as involvement in the school community and the greater county community.

All full-time music teachers in Carroll County Public Schools were eligible to be nominated for the award. A team of adjudicators who are active in the Carroll County arts community reviewed all of the nomination packets and selected Drake as this year's winner.