Andy Forster HonoredJune 16, 2012
Maine Music Educator Teacher of the Year
Music Educator Steve Muise spoke admirably while introducing his friend and colleague Andy Forster at the Maine Music Educators banquet last month at UMaine. Below are excerpts of what Steve said:
Andy Forster is:
• Concert and Jazz Band Director at Messalonskee High School
• Creator and instructor for the MHS recording and engineering class
• an exemplary trumpet performer
• a highly sought after guest conductor
• one who constantly seeks professional development to enrich teaching
• Conductor and Director of MMYO (Mid Maine Youth Orchestra)
• Founder and director of the Acadia Wind Ensemble
• Founder and director of the annual “Stan Kenton Holiday Big Band”
• Co-founder of the MHS summer band camp program
• a tireless advocate for music education
• an avid photographer, volunteer ski patroller, teaches ski patrol advanced first aid, and hiker
• he is humble, helpful, talented and caring as you will see in the attached recommendations.
Andy’s support of RSU 18’s music program is his “Stan Kenton Holiday Big Band” project. Andy personally purchased the charts for several Stan Kenton arranged Christmas Carols. He coordinates, and rehearses the band (an extended brass big band with french horns, consisting of the areas finest professional musicians). Last year, the Stan Kenton Big Band, plus RSU #18 music ensembles, and the Downeast Brass Quintet (another of Andy’s bands) raised money for Andy’s colleague’s choral trip to NYC this spring.
Andy assists at every school music event in RSU #18. He can usually be found setting up, breaking down, doing stage tech. and lighting, providing sound reinforcement, recording, teaching students how to record, and taking professional looking photographs. (This is often done during one of his own concert band concerts). He does this without complaint, and never hesitates to be of assistance to his music students, parents and colleagues.
Andy’s fabulous work in directing MMYO (Mid Maine Youth Orchestra) involves students and families throughout Central Maine in coming together to form a full orchestra. The orchestra students in MBRSD benefit greatly from this experience. In an age where many only look out for themselves, Andy truly looks out for everyone else.