John Spillett has been selected to receive the Syracuse Area Music Awards (SAMMY) Hall of Fame Music Educator of the Year Award. A graduate of Bishop Ludden Jr./Sr. High School in Syracuse and a parishioner of Holy Family Church in Fairmount, Spillett has been a respected music educator for over three decades, teaching music at Solvay High School and Le Moyne College.
At Solvay High School, Spillett served as band director for 33 years and conducted the Concert Band and Jazz Combo, taught instrumental music lessons and chaired the Music Department for the Solvay School District. His high school concert band and jazz combo received numerous local, state and regional awards for musical excellence. At Le Moyne College, Spillett served as an adjunct music instructor for nine years, directing the Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Flute Ensemble and taught Jazz Improvisation and private saxophone lessons. He played an active role in the development of the music minor, music courses, student recruitment and program promotion.
Spillett has been honored with numerous commendations and awards with distinguished recognition for his teaching and for outstanding student achievement in music. Most recently he was selected as a recipient of the 2010 Syracuse Symphony Musicians’ Outstanding Music Educator Award in the instrumental band category for making a significant impact on music education in Central New York.
The SAMMY Hall of Fame Induction and dinner will be held March 6 from
7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Syracuse. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance by calling (315) 247-1718.