Heritage High School band director Garren Cuthrell directs the school’s musicians. He was the winner of this year’s Band Director of the Year award. Photo courtesy of Littleton Public Schools
Garren Cuthrell, director of bands and orchestras at Heritage High School, was the recipient of the ninth annual CHBA Bill Thompson Band Director of the Year Award.
The award honors Thompson, founder of Colorado Honor Band Association, and recognizes an outstanding scholastic band director for their dedication to reaching music students. The recognition is awarded by a three-member panel, including Carol Wolff, executive director of the Colorado Honor Band, Steve Martin, a retired band director in Jefferson County, and Karen Wilmes an alumna.
The judges had this to say about the nominee: “This application showed a band director who goes above and beyond for his students. He goes out of his way to make students feel included and he makes them motivated to constantly improve.”
Katie Bullen, a Heritage senior, had nominated Cuthrell.
“In addition to the personal support, he provides to students, Mr. Cuthrell invests in our musical growth. He is more than willing to give lessons to students who are either struggling or want to improve. He gave me countless hours to help prepare for my All-State audition,” Bulen said.
The award was presented last month at the CHBA Annual Spring Concert at the Central Presbyterian Church in Denver.
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