Steve Shirts, band leader at Cedar High School, was awarded a great honor this year when he was named as the Outstanding Music Educator of the Year, a joint award from both the Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAA) and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). Here is what some of the nominating committee had to say about Mr. Shirts and his music program.
"Steve’s program is not just recognized locally, but statewide, as a shining example of how important music education is in the lives of children and high school age young adults. It also shows how that influence carries on into adulthood. Over the span of many years, Steve has shared, supported, and mentored. He has given freely of time, talents, and leadership ability to help run the music programs and festivals around the state of Utah. He has travelled great distances in order to fulfill his responsibilities as he served on the UMEA board, and in other leadership positions in the band association world. These things he has done with humility, always trying to give the credit to someone else. Steve has given his students many opportunities to perform that in turn have made a difference in the lives of not just his students, but of those who have had privilege of attending those performances. For many years he has been known as a “pied piper”, or as Cedar City’s “Music Man”. His enthusiasm and love for music and for his students is a beautiful thing to behold."
Congratulations to Mr. Steve Shirts, we are proud to have such wonderful and dedicated educators in Iron County.