Dan Sedgwick has received recognition from the Northern California Band Directors and Choral Directors Association.

The organization, which encompasses 23 counties from Marin to Lassen County, selected the Del Norte High School music director as its Outstanding Teacher of the Year. Sedgwick said he received the award in February.

“All the teachers that are there every year vote on one teacher who receives the Outstanding Teacher of the Year award,” Sedgwick said. “There’s about 50 teachers that are involved every year... and they all voted (for) me.”

According to Sedgwick, the Northern California Band Directors and Choral Directors Association, or NCBCDA, hosts runs an auditioned honor band and honor choir. The band and choir holds auditions in November and December and rehearses for about two and a half days before putting on a concert at California State University, Chico, Sonoma State University or Humboldt State University in the following February, Sedgwick said.

Sedgwick said he has been participating in the organization for nine years, has served on its board of directors for six years and has been a choir representative with the organization for about six years. He noted that his long-time affiliation with NCBCDA may be the reason the organization named him as its Outstanding Teacher of the Year.

Sedgwick also pointed out that his Outstanding Teacher of the Year award is also an indirect reflection on his work with the Del Norte High School music program.

Sedgwick isn’t the first Del Norte High School teacher to be recognized. NCBCDA recognized former music instructor Christie Lynn Rust in 1998.

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