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Basalt music teacher continues Grammy campaign

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Nick Lenio is one of 25 semifinalists for the National Grammy in the Schools Music Educator Award. To reach this point he had to make several videos showing the work he does at the school.


He’s created a new music group called the Basalt StreetHorns that plays at events all over the valley, including the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience.

The finalists will be selected in December. The winner will receive a Grammy award, as well as a $10,000 grant for the school, and the winner.

He beat out more than 3,000 other competitors. Lenio teaches music at Basalt Middle and High Schools.

Patrick Fort grew up in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, nurturing a love for ice hockey and deli sandwiches. After moving to Colorado in 2010 to attend the University of Colorado to study music, Patrick discovered his love for journalism. In 2013, Patrick created and hosted the award-winning radio program Colorado Stories, a news program that covered CU and the surrounding community. An avid mountain and road cyclist, Patrick also referees youth ice hockey. He loves '60s pop bands and and trying new recipes ranging from milk-braised carnitas to flourless cakes.