GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Last week the Grand Junction High School Marching Band was in Las Vegas, taking part in the "Sounds Across the Valley" marching festival.
It’s no secret the band has accomplished a lot this year, but many students are attributing their success to their secret weapon… their teacher.
Teacher Isaac Lavadie’s lessons go beyond band. He tries to teach his students to put life into their music by pushing them to be the best they can be in and outside the classroom.
For Grand Junction High School’s Marching Band, success sounds more like a teacher’s encouraging words than music.
Student Sean Edens says, “I have learned so much from him, he always pushes us, makes us better.
Lavadie says, “I just ask that they do their best every time and that they try to make themselves better every time.”
And that little push has made a big difference for students.
Edens says, “I have gotten so much better because he sets that bar and knows where I can go.”
Students say Lavadie’s lessons go beyond band and cross over into life lessons.
They also say his open door policy makes him the teacher to go to anytime they have a problem.
“Sometimes they feel weird going to their parents with things, but they can come to me and they know that I’m going to give them honest answers,” Lavadie says.
Edens says, “I feel like I can go to him with any problem that I have.”
Student Lissie Bloom agrees, “He is a good guy to look up to and a good guy to go to.”
Lavadie’s policies help students know he has their best interests at heart. “I’m hoping that a lot of them go on to play in college,” he says.
Edens says, “He doesn’t just want to win, he wants to teach us something.
Bloom says, “Try to make life your music, not music your life and I think that it really helps in everyday life.”