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Excellent Educator: Ryan Anderson

Updated: 04/23/2014 7:05 PM
Created: 04/23/2014 5:22 PM KAALtv.com
By: Laura Lee

(ABC 6 News) -- This week ABC 6 is proud to honor a band teacher from Dover-Eyota Public Schools.

Ryan Anderson is the band director at Dover-Eyota High School.  
He does everything from teaching music class to directing the marching and jazz bands.

Anderson says his students,"work hard at their music and they want to do well to represent our community."

And they have.  
     
The Dover-Eyota band has been nominated for the Grammy Signature Schools Award two years in a row recognizing excellence in music.

"I have fun playing music and I think they have fun too, most of the time its not work its us coming together and being a band," he says.
     
A gift he fell in love with at a young age, playing the percussion.

"I just enjoy the sound every day," says Anderson.   And its that passion for the craft that inspires his students and gives them a place to feel free.

"This is the place where everyone gets to express themselves."