Bud Meisel named KMEA’s top music educator

Bud Meisel, instructor of instrumental in the Goessel USD 411 schools, has been named the 2006 Kansas Outstanding Music Educator of the Year by the Kansas Music Educators Association.

Meisel is in his 43rd year of teaching instrumental music, with the past 10 years at Goessel USD.

His bands have consistently earned superior ratings throughout his career and earned accolades from adjudicators and his peers.

His bands have been selected to perform for Colorado Music Educators Association and KMEA in-service workshops nine times and his Goessel band was selected this year for the second time.

Meisel earned both his bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees from Western State College in Gunnison, Colo.

He is a past president of both the Colorado and Kansas Bandmasters Associations and is the past president for the KMEA South Central district.

He was selected as the SCKMEA district’s Outstanding High School Music Teacher this past fall and was informed last month that KMEA had selected him as the Kansas Outstanding Music Teacher of the Year.

He received his award last month at the Century II in Wichita.

Asked how he felt about getting this award, Meisel said “It means so much more when you are honored by your peers. I asked myself what did I do to get to where I am and I have to say that I surrounded myself with other outstanding teachers and educators throughout my career and learned everything I could from them.”

Meisel has served as a clinician and adjudicator for marching, large group, solo and ensemble festivals in Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma and Nebraska.

He and wife Sue reside in Newton, where she teaches at Slate Elementary School.

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