Music - Band Director
Nick Lenio grew up in Pennsylvania and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. While at IUP, he had the privilege of serving three years as Drum Major of IUP’s renowned marching band, The Legend. Upon graduation in 2009, he accepted a position as Director of Bands at Lebanon High School in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. At LHS, he directed a marching band, symphonic band, percussion ensemble, drumline, and taught music theory. The LHS Band grew from 25 members to over 55 during his three years as director. While teaching at LHS, he earned his Master’s Degree in Instrumental Conducting from Messiah College. In 2012 he accepted the Band Director position at Basalt Middle School and Basalt High School, where he teaches 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and high school bands. He also teaches and serves as valley-wide coordinator of the Lead Guitar classical guitar class sponsored by Aspen Music Festival and School. He teaches the class at Basalt Middle School and oversees the program in 9 different schools. In 2015, he was named “Music Teacher of the Year” by Jazz Aspen Snowmass, and in 2016, his new high school group, the Basalt StreetHorns, was invited to play at the renowned Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day festival. In the spring of 2016, he was nominated for a GRAMMY Music Educator Award. Outside of school, he loves life in the Rockies and spends as much time as possible trail running, rock climbing, mountain biking, and snowboarding. He is also in demand as a local musician and plays guitar for many local events and weddings.