A music teacher form CMR High School Russ Kellogg has been nominated for the 2018 Music Educator Grammy Award.
Russ Kellogg is a band director at the CMR High school for 16 years in Great Falls and is being recognized on a national scale for his lasting contribution to the field of music education.
Kellogg is one out of 197 quarter-finalist for the 2018 Music Educator Award presented by the Recording Academy and the Grammy Museum.
He is also the only music educator nominated from Montana.
Kellogg says "the physical, emotional, mental involvement in music is like a brain flusher. They may have come from Organic Chemistry of AP U.S History or whatever to my room and then they have a full class period of just focusing on something completely different and when they leave they are wound up, excited, happy and ready to go to their next class."
Students connect with Kellogg on both musical and personal levels.
The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators from kindergarten through college who have made an impact and contribution in the music field. Also demonstrating a commitment to maintaining music education in schools.
The semifinalists will be announced in September.
The winner of the Music Educator Award will be flown to New York to attend the 60th Annual Grammy Awards and a range of Grammy Week events and the nine additional finalists will receive a $1,000 for themselves and the matching amount will be awarded to their school.