He's known in many corners of
Tuesday night, Myers received the
"He has a remarkable fount of knowledge in both his head and his hands," she said, adding he's an incredible educator. Myers honed his education skills in the halls of
Every time he is in the public eye, whether it's a newspaper or television story about him or the trail, he spreads the word about the musical history of this region, she said. He does the same thing when he performs on stage.
"He's a remarkable communicator," Peterson said.
She would like to see his influence spread even wider.
"He is such a great one to communicate the meaning and the message of music -- how it bridges races and social issues," she said.
"He has a real talent for bringing people together at every level."
Page said Myers makes himself available to help out anyway he can because he loves being a Wilsonian."He will work to make sure he is available for those people he considers his family, and
The Monitors, who have been playing since 1957, have already performed at two
For Page, the most amazing thing about Myers is that instead of leaving the area to follow his dream of performing, he chose to stay in
But Myers was more than a band teacher.
In an interview with the Times a few years ago, Myers said he planned to teach here for one year, but ended up staying 40 years.
"I just got caught up in that thing," he said. "I started teaching, and I saw the kids light up."
Many of his students in
So he took it upon himself to teach them. They learned about the blues, the opera and the symphony. He loaded up his car every chance he got and took his students to concerts or the Ice Capades, just as his family had done for him.
"That made their lives better," Page said. "It gave them hope and understanding that they could be successful."
Page said having local people like Myers and the late
"We know these people as friends," Page said. "Many of us don't realize just how important they are or how popular they are outside of town."
The North Carolina Heritage Award has been given since 1989 to honor folk artists of the state. Others receiving the award Tuesday night were bluegrass fiddler
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