If Jeremy Bradstreet could rename the Dublin Coffman High School band program, he would call it "Life Skills Through Band."
The program, Bradstreet said, is a way for students to learn about discipline, commitment and goals.
"All of these things are done through making music," he said.
Bradstreet, who has served as Coffman's director of bands for 13 years, is being recognized for his accomplishments in helping students meet their musical potential for over a decade.
He is one of 188 music teachers from 171 cities throughout the country who are quarterfinalists for the 2019 Music Educator Award presented by the Recording Academy and Grammy Museum.
Ten finalists will receive a $1,000 award and their schools will receive matching grants.
Fifteen semifinalists will receive a $500 award with matching school grants.
Lora Leuzinger, a Dublin resident, nominated Bradstreet for the award. She said she was honored to find a way to thank Bradstreet for making students not only better musicians, but better people.
Her youngest daughter, Kristin, 14, is a Coffman sophomore. She plays snare drum in the marching band, Leuzinger said.
Already, Kristin has grown her marching band and music skills in one year because of Bradstreet's team, especially assistant director-percussion Dan Hostetler, Leuzinger said.
A percussionist in band during his own high school education at Dublin High School, Bradstreet said he realized in his freshman year of college that he wanted to be a director.
"It was the one thing that I knew I loved," he saidd.
Bradstreet was an assistant director for two years at Coffman, getting the opportunity to work alongside Jeff Keller, who had also led him in band at Dublin High School.
Now, Bradstreet leads 180 students in Coffman's marching band program, many of whom also are members of the 200-student concert band.
"Being at Coffman is a dream come true," he said.