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Craig Poissant Named Instrumental Music Educator of the Year

Craig Poissant was named Instrumental Music Educator of the Year by the music department at Buffalo State College. He is in his twelfth year in the Grand Island Central School District where he serves as the director of bands at Huth Road Elementary. For the duration of his career, he has demonstrated his dedication to excellence by consistently receiving Gold and Gold with Distinction ratings at the NYSSMA Major Organization Festival with his fourth- and fifth-grade band. It is the success of his students and student teachers that is the source of Mr. Poissant's pride. As a clinician, Mr. Poissant has presented at regional conferences as well as local school districts. Most recently, Mr. Poissant has directed ECMEA's Junior High Jazz Ensemble and has presented at the NYSBDA regional conference. Within county and state music organizations he has held positions as Co-Chairman for the ECMEA Elementary Band, Chairman of Public Relations for ECMEA, Director of ECMEA's new teacher orientation, and Co-Chairman for the NYSSMA Zone 1 Area All State High School Symphonic Band. His professional affiliations include NAfME, NYSSMA, NYSBDA, and ECMEA. Mr. Poissant holds a bachelor's in music education from SUNY Fredonia and master's in saxophone performance from Ithaca College. As a performer Mr. Poissant has had the privilege of playing at the North American Saxophone Alliance's Biennial conference and for several master classes including Dr. Donald Sinta, Dr. Clifford Lehman, and Dr. Russell Peterson.