Juno Awards to recognize Rocky Mountain House band teacher

A music teacher from Rocky Mountain House, Alta. is being recognized at this year’s Juno Awards.

Kim Hastings was nominated by parents for the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award.

She qualified for the nomination after successfully applying for a $10,000 grant for instruments.

Hastings said her husband, principal and superintendent knew two weeks before she found out. They came up with an excuse to get her out of the classroom and when she returned they  “surprised the heck” out of her.

 “I went back in and the room was filled with parents and students and school board and cameras,” Hastings recalled.

Hastings has been teaching at Pioneer School in Rocky Mountain House for 27 years, where she said the band program really stands out.

“I love the idea of all kids getting a chance to learn an instrument and I love the idea of being able to be involved in a music program that’s not elitist,” said Hastings. “You don’t have the so-called band kid in your program but you have all kids in your program.”

Hastings will be presented with her award by musician Jann Arden on March 16th. The awards ceremony is on March 17 on CBC Television.

The MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award aims to “recognize and honour exceptional music teachers who strive to preserve the livelihood of music education in their school and community.” The award was established in 2005. 

According to the Wild Rose School Division, Hastings has served on the Alberta Band Association and resurrected the MUSICOM magazine in her ongoing advocacy for music education. 

She has received a number of awards including Most Outstanding Junior Concert Band at the Alberta International Band Festival South four times and three gold awards from MusicFest Canada.

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Sherwood Park is a large hamlet in Alberta, Canada within Strathcona County that is recognized as an urban service area.[7] It is located adjacent to the City of Edmonton’s eastern boundary,[8] generally south of Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trail), west of Highway 21 and north of Highway 630 (Wye Road).[9] Other portions of Sherwood Park extend beyond Yellowhead Trail and Wye Road, while Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) separates Refinery Row to the west from the balance of the hamlet to the east.[9]

Sherwood Park was established in 1955 on farmland of the Smeltzer family, east of Edmonton. With a population of 70,618 in 2016,[6] Sherwood Park has enough people to be Alberta’s seventh largest city, but technically retains the status of a hamlet. The Government of Alberta recognizes the Sherwood Park Urban Service Area as equivalent to a city.


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