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Curtain closes for leader of the band at Norwin

| Wednesday, June 5, 2013, 8:39 p.m.

The final curtain has closed on Norwin High School Band director Robert Traugh's time at the school.

Traugh, 29, a West Hempfield resident, brought his six-year career at Norwin to a close last week, when the school year ended.

Traugh was nominated for the Recording Academy and Grammy Foundation's Grammy Music Educator Awards, but his decision to leave Norwin disqualified for the award. He was one of 16 teachers from Pennsylvania nominated for the award. Across the country, 217 teachers received nominations for the award.

“I'm honored and completely humbled to be considered, but I have chosen not to continue on with the rest of the process,” Traugh said. “I have accepted a teaching position closer to where my wife and I are from.”

Traugh did not elaborate on the location of his new position.

He received an annual salary of $53,800, according to John Wilson, Norwin director of business affairs.

During Traugh's six years at Norwin, he led the band to several Bands of America regional and Pennsylvania Interscholastic Marching Band Association, or PIMBA, championships. In addition to the marching band, he served as director of the wind and jazz ensembles.

Tom Shrump, president of the Norwin Band Aides, said he was surprised Traugh was leaving but was thankful for all the work he had done to lead the school's music program.

“He developed the program, and it took us to another level in terms of performance and education,” Shrump said. “It's disheartening that he has to leave, but we respect that he had to make a difficult decision and understand he's going to be doing what is best for his family.”

Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8626, or bpedersen@tribweb.com.

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