Ian Hurrel 2020 Winner
Ian Hurrel 2020 Winner All-State Jazz Band
Ian Hurrel 2020 Winner

Ian Hurrel

New Jersey Music Educators Association — All-State Jazz Ensemble

Ian Hurrel is a senior in the Livingston High School class of 2020. He started taking guitar lessons in 6th grade at the local music shop, and progressed fairly quickly. In 9th grade he auditioned for and made the high school’s Lancer Jazz Band, where he discovered jazz for the first time. By the end of the year, he had made the New Jersey All State Jazz ensemble, and in the next three years, would make the New Jersey Regional and All State ensembles each year, and All Eastern his junior year, the only year he was eligible. Being able to work with the high-profile jazz musicians who were directors and guest artists expanded his exposure to the art. In school, Ian joined the marching band, playing tenor sax, trombone, and drum kit from sophomore to senior year. Ian also played guitar in the pit orchestra for Livingston High School’s yearly musicals. Ian will be studying Electrical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology in the fall of 2020, and plans to continue independently studying and performing music.

The Governor’s Awards in Arts Education began in 1980 to promote awareness and appreciation of the arts, recognizing the creativity, talent and leadership of the award winners. Each year, awards are presented to approximately 20 educators and 80 students. National and statewide organizations select the students for their exemplary work in creative writing, speech, dance, music, theatre and visual arts and the leaders for their exceptional commitment and contribution to arts education. The program also recognizes arts educators and arts education advocates, whose leadership has helped nurture the development of students in the arts across the state.

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The Governor’s Awards event is a partnership of the Arts Ed NJ, the Department of Education, Art Pride New Jersey Foundation, the Department of State and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Additional support is provided by: the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics; Art Educators of New Jersey; Art Administrators of New Jersey; Dance New Jersey; New Jersey Council of Teachers of English; New Jersey Speech and Debate League; New Jersey Music Educators Association; New Jersey Performing Arts Center; Writer's Theatre of New Jersey; Speech and Theatre Association of New Jersey; New Jersey Thespians and Young Audiences of New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. The cooperating organizations, award sponsors and individual members of the planning council dedicate their time to make sure that excellence in the arts is rewarded, and work tirelessly throughout the year to plan this special event. The Governor's Awards in Arts Education ceremony are a major collaborative effort of the arts, education and state government.