(WHAS11) - The WHAS11 E.ON U.S. Excel Award winner in the Greater Clark County School System has made New Washington middle and high schools a center for excellence in music.
In the past ten years, David Kahl has renewed the marching band program and made New Washington a strong program in regional and statewide band competitions.
On Wednesday, Kahl was named Teacher of the Year for Greater Clark.
Excel Day was another day in the band room on the podium for David Kahl.
In 7th grade, band music is not perfect but the leader will direct the young musicians for the next six years. He is the music man with continuity.
“One of the things that I really like is seeing them develop over the seven years. I do get to see them, because I really get to know them as people, who they are, and what they like and what their strengths and weaknesses are,” says Kahl.
By their senior year, they'll be helping collect the trophies that decorate the band room.
“This is the first year that our bands have ever gotten past the sectional, actually gotten to the regional and was one of the finalists to move on to semi-state and state competition. That's never been done in the history of the school,” he says.
The band making history at New Washington is what brought the Excel Award.
David spends a lot of time raising money to support band projects with the help of a boosters club, and the program got another boost, a $1,000 check from Excel sponsor E.ON U.S.
It’s all for a teacher who asked his students to believe.
There are three more Excel Awards to be presented during this academic year.
There is one more teacher in Jefferson County in April and then the Excel winner will be named in Shelby and Oldham counties in May.