Nothing Little About This Band – FHN’s Band Director Wins Tools for Teachers Award

Posted on 11/21/2017
Nothing Little About This Band – FHN’s Band Director Wins Tools for Teachers Award

Rob Stegeman is relatively new to the Francis Howell School District, taking over as Francis Howell North High School Band Director just this year. And what a year it has been, as he and his students have revitalized a proud program with some outstanding work. Parents and students alike have noticed his extraordinary efforts, and as a result, Stegeman is the recipient of the monthly KPLR-TV/Weber Chevrolet Tools for Teachers Award.

KPLR-TV, Channel 11, hosts a segment every month that honors teachers for their contributions to the future of our world – our students. Each winner is presented with a check for $500 from Weber Chevrolet. Stegeman was this month’s honoree and collected his check from the studios of KPLR in an on-air segment. Watch his interview and the check’s presentation here.

A parent of a band student, Cynthia Brewer, nominated him for the award, saying, “His ‘little band that could’ is becoming the big band that is!” Well, there’s nothing little about the FHN Band with more than 300 students. They’ve earned plenty of accolades this year like Dominic Schneider earning All-American Band honors, and a large number of band members have earned spots on the Metro 8 Honor Bands.

What occurred to band parents is that Stegeman spends more time with their kids than he’s been able to spend with his own newborn. “He has inspired our kids to do their best every day,” Brewer said in her nomination. “He constantly pushes the limits of what the band can achieve. And he takes risks because he wants to accomplish more than he thought possible.”

Band is big – more important than we might think. It is a necessity for a school’s atmosphere and pride, and an opportunity for students to develop their skills in both creativity and collaboration. And no aspect of a student’s growth sounds this good. 

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