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April 9, 2014

Pedersen given prestigious award by Iowa Bandmasters Association

ELDON — Cardinal Community School District Superintendent Joel Pedersen has worked very hard in his brief time there to help hold the entire district to a high standard. His efforts toward helping to grow interest in their band program has not gone unnoticed by Iowa Bandmasters Association (IBA), which proclaims itself as one of the greatest Bandmasters Association in the world.

Pedersen was recently named by IBA as the recipient of this year’s Outstanding Administrator Award in the category for superintendents.

“I’m honored to receive it on behalf of our school district,” Pedersen said.

He was nominated by several of the faculty and staff members, including Luke Miller, director of bands at Cardinal, who said in the nomination that Pedersen has been an “outstanding supporter of the band program.”

Miller brought up many key areas that Pedersen has had an impact on. He mentioned, among countless things, Pedersen’s help with finding funds to buy a new SUV and trailer to haul band equipment, and the fact that he is always an enthusiastic fan at every event.

In the nomination Miller also pointed to the increase in student interest in the band program, and how Pedersen and himself work together to help the band grow.

“I try to support them and give them the resources and support they need,” Pedersen said. “When you have a strong teacher, though, you try to get out of the way. We are going to see some exciting things come out of the band program."

Pedersen said the secret to having as much success as the Cardinal band has seen in recent years really starts with the relationships that are made between students and faculty. Those relationships help keep the kids excited and proud about what is happening in the district.

“I try to keep [the students] motivated and excited about whatever we do in our district, whether it be band, in the classroom or an athletic team,” Pedersen said.

He will receive his Outstanding Administrator Award at the Iowa Bandmasters Association Convention on May 16 at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Des Moines.

— To see reporter Josh Vardaman's Twitter feed, go to @CourierJosh

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