Canon-McMillan's Deanna Grandstaff a 2022 Pittsburgh Magazine 40 Under 40 Honoree

Pictured: Mrs. Deanna Grandstaff  Photo by Alex Jones.
Posted On: Friday, October 14, 2022

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Band Teacher and Music Department Head, Canon-McMillan School District 

When a student tells Deanna Grandstaff that they want to join the band, she makes it happen — no matter the student’s financial need.

Last year, she secured a donation of $4,458 worth of instruments so students who cannot afford one can still play in the band. She also piloted a program that brought ukuleles into the hands of every third- and fourth-grader in her district.

“After so many years, I’ve seen the magic in children’s eyes when they’re part of something that’s bigger than themselves,” she says. “And that moment drives me.”

In recognition of her work, she’s a quarterfinalist for the 2023 Grammy Music Educator Award.

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