Congratulations to Chris DiMassimo (BM ed, ’11), who was recently named the 2016-17 Teacher of the Year at his school! He is in his sixth year of teaching, currently serving as Director of Bands at Gravelly Hill Middle School in Efland, NC. During the 2015-2016 school year Chris gave presentations about student teaching with two of his mentor-colleagues at two conferences, the North Carolina Music Educators Association (NCMEA) Conference and The Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago, IL. Chris maintains an active performing schedule with the Triangle Wind Ensemble in the Raleigh/Cary area. Last season he had the honor to perform the opening clarinet solo for Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the ensemble, and he will be performing the clarinet solos with TWE for John Mackey’s Wine Dark Sea in November.