Chris Young hosted the during the third annual CMA Music Teachers of Excellence ceremony on Tuesday (May 8th) night in Nashville. He and the CMA Foundation honored 34 music educators from districts across the state of Tennessee as well as cities Chicago, Cincinnati, Los Angeles and Seattle for their advocacy and commitment to music education. More than a dozen Country artists and celebrities attended the ceremony in addition to local dignitaries.

Chris addressed the teachers saying, “Your students will remember everything you do for them. They will remember the patience and passion you have when you teach and how you helped build their confidence and gave them self-worth. Music teachers can shape their students in ways you might not even realize. I’m living proof of that.”

Chris also presented University of Tennessee student and Pride of the Southland Band member Darius Edwards with a check to fund the saxophone of his dreams. Darius launched a GoFundMe campaign in March to raise funds for a silver Yamaha EX alto saxophone. Chris also committed to personally match the donation so Darius can purchase additional instruments he’s trained in.

In addition to Chris, artists, songwriters and celebrities in attendance included Kix Brooks, Devin Dawson, Jerry Douglas, Lindsay Ell, David Fanning, Nicolle Galyon, Hunter Hayes, Tracy Lawrence, Eric Paslay, and Charlie Worsham.

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