Awards

Nick Angiulo Directing Marching Band

The Nick Angiulo Music Educator of the Year Award

Nick was born in Canton Ohio on February 27, 1932, the height of the Depression. Nick was one of five children of Italian immigrants. Growing up as the son of immigrants, in a poor neighborhood, shaped Nick’s outlook on life and opportunity. In 1951, Nick joined the Air Force, and was accepted to the Air Force Band stationed at Mather Air Field. In 1953, Nick married Alice and started a family. Nick left the Air Force using his GI Bill to pay for college. In 1959, Nick graduated from the College of the Pacific with a major in music and a minor in Spanish.

Nick started teaching in the fall of 1959 at Sacramento High School, alongside Aubrey Penman. In 1968, Nick was reassigned to Burbank High School; however the John F. Kennedy job opened and Nick jumped at the opportunity. His tenure at Kennedy

brought many successes, which include representing California at the 1976 Bicentennial Parade in Washington DC. Nick’s bands at Kennedy set the standard that many of us still aim for today.

In 1984 Nick became the Music Supervisor for Sacramento Unified School District. After Nick retired from Sac. City, he took a part time position at CSUS, eventually overseeing Instrumental Music Student Teachers. During this time Nick’s guidance had a positive influence on many young teachers. Nick helped run the Capitol Section GEMF and the state Solo and Ensemble festival for many years, as well as organizing the state retirement luncheon each spring. Nick was named to the California Music Educators Association’s Hall of Fame in 2010.

Nick past on April 14, 2018, leaving a legacy of excellence, kindness and friendship to all that meet him.

Brad North, Music Educator of the Year

Stafford Hebert, Outstanding Choral Educator

Margy Moon, Outstanding Orchestra Educator

Cindy Teresi, Outstanding Elementary Educator

Stephanie Sugano, Outstanding Band Educator

Jennifer Leighton, Outstanding Administrator Educator

Past Recipients

2016-17

Curtis Gaesser, Music Educator of the Year

Wendy Carey, Excellence in Music Education

Mario Sebastian, Excellence in Music Education

George Dozet, Excellence in Music Education

Derk Garcia, Excellence in Music Education

2015-16

James Mazzaferro, Music Educator of the Year

Mike Gunderson, Excellence in Music Education

Ginger Ekroth, Excellence in Music Education

Janet Thorgrimson, Excellence in Music Education

Don Wersky, Outstanding Service Award

2014-15

Kimberly Cole Feeney, Music Educator of the Year

Dean Nordby, Excellence in Music Education

Jeff Edom, Excellence in Music Education

Nick Angiulo, Lifetime Achievment Award

2013-14

Dr. Robert Halseth, Music Educator of the Year

Wendy Carey, Excellence in Music Education

Stephanie Surgano, Excellence in Music Education

Paul Varoff, Excellence in Music Education

2012-13

Don Wersky, Music Educator of the Year

Chris Tootle, Excellence in Music Education

Angelika Dyadchenko, Excellence in Music Education

Sarah Brown, Excellence in Music Education

2011-12

Glen Cain, Music Educator of the Year

2010-11

Carol Kouklis, Music Educator of the Year

2009-10

Mark Tulga, Music Educator of the Year

2008-09

Cindy Teresi, Music Educator of the Year

2007-08

Robin Willmer, Music Educator of the Year

2006-07

Donald Kendrick, Music Educator of the Year

2005-06

Margie Moon, Music Educator of the Year

2004-05

Kendall Yee, Music Educator of the Year

2003-04

Kevin Glaser, Music Educator of the Year

2002-03

Roy Fulmer, Music Educator of the Year

2001-02

William Zinn, Music Educator of the Year

2000-01

Brad North, Music Educator of the Year

1999-2000

David Yamamoto, Music Educator of the Year

1998-1999

Sue Metz, Music Educator of the Year

1997-98

Paul Wurschmidt, Music Educator of the Year

1996-97

Bill Adam, Music Educator of the Year

1995-96

Fred Lange, Music Educator of the Year

1994-95

Ralph Hughes, Music Educator of the Year

1993-94

Geff Igarashi, Music Educator of the Year

1992-93

Duane Cunningham, Music Educator of the Year

1991-92

Gerald Lopes, Music Educator of the Year

1990-91

Margret Neu, Music Educator of the Year

1989-90

Richard Brunelle, Music Educator of the Year

1988-89

Bill Hill, Music Educator of the Year