At the Maine Academy of Modern Music’s first annual CHORDS FOR KIDS scholarship gala MAMM presented its “Rock Stars In Our Communities” awards.

MAMM’s inaugural 2017 Maine Music Educator Award goes to Eugene Nichols, Professor of Music at the University of Maine at Machias whose creative approach to learning helped inspire MAMM director Jeff Shaw’s vision to bring contemporary music education programs to Maine youth.

At UMM Nichols teaches everything from music theory and composition to Broadway and classical music to The Beatles and Frank Zappa. Nichols serves on the board of the Machias Bay Chamber Concerts and is the band leader of many local music groups including the Machias Town Band, Community Chorale, and the UMM Ukulele Club.

Video produced by Francois Gagne & Jeff Shaw