Karen Gregg honored with Citation of Excellence award

Dr. Karen Gregg was recently honored with the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence award.

The award was presented at the end of the Lyons Middle/Senior band concert. Under the direction of Dr. Gregg, the musicians performed a rigorous program of music and played to a full house. The weeks of practice and dedication were apparent to all who were present.

To her surprise, Dr. Richard Mayne, University of Northern Colorado’s Associate Director of Bands, was in the audience that evening waiting to present her with this honor. At the end of the concert, Dr. Mayne stood up to present Dr. Gregg with the prestigious award.

The Citation of Excellence award recognizes outstanding concert band directors and is awarded to an individual whose ensemble has a history of a distinguished level of accomplishment, or an individual who has made significant contributions to the field.

"Dr. Gregg was nominated because she has proven herself as an exemplary musician, educator, faculty member, officer in the Colorado Bandmasters Association, colleague, mentor, mother, and wife. She serves as a role model for music educators in Colorado and beyond. I have the highest regard for Dr. Gregg." - Dr. Richard Mayne, University of Northern Colorado’s Associate Director of Bands

"I am stunned and humbled to be the recipient of such a tremendous honor. I owe immense thanks to my incredible students, their parents, and the terrifically supportive staff at Lyons who have all created an environment that enables the students to excel as young musicians. I couldn't possibly be more proud to be a part of such an amazing culture at Lyons Middle Senior High School." - Dr. Karen Gregg, Band Director, Lyons Middle/Senior

Mr. Winger, principal at Lyons Middle Senior was not surprised that she was receiving such an honor.

"Dr. Karen Gregg is an amazing teacher and it is exciting to see her recognized for a 'Citation of Excellence' from the National Band Association. She is truly worthy of this award." - Greg Winger, Principal, Lyons Middle/Senior