“American Idol” star Ryan Seacrest visited Diamond Bar High on Veteran’s Day to honor Music Director Steve Acciani, a semifinalist for the Grammy Music Educator Award.
The event was hosted by KIIS FM, which kept the students and families entertained while they waited for the television star to arrive.
Seacrest is an honorary chairman for the Grammy Foundation. He took time from his hectic schedule to meet one of the 25 national semifinalists. Music Director Buddy Clements at Walnut High is also a semifinalist.
• Photos: American Idol host Ryan Seacrest visits Diamond Bar High
The award recognizes outstanding music teachers who have made significant contributions to music education.
“I was surprised when they called me two weeks ago and said they wanted to come out to meet me,” Acciani said. “I think its great for them to help support our music program.”
The gregarious teacher had to fight his way through the crowds to get to the stage when Seacrest called out his name. It seemed like all 700 students in the Brahmas music program showed up for the event.
Read more in Rich Irwin’s story IDOL.