Blair Berger ’94

Blair BergerBlair Berger ’94 has received the FOX KMSP-TV Top Teacher Award for 2010. Berger has been a band teacher at Fridley Middle School, Fridley, Minn., for 15 years. He was among nine teachers recognized from more than 1,000 nominations from schools in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

The UW-Eau Claire music education graduate was nominated for strategically organizing practices and concerts for the Kids from Fridley choir, which effectively allows band students to also be involved in choir if they wish. He started a similar ensemble for drummers, which also earned recognition.

“The instructors at UW-Eau Claire went the extra mile to help me become a full musician while preparing me to be the best teacher I could be,” Berger said.

He added he’s been honored to bring his jazz band to the Eau Claire Jazz Festival and have music faculty members Peter Haberman and Phillip Ostrander work with his students while on their tours.