Apr 16, 2017

Pickerington Mourns Passing of Mike Sewell

Image of Mike Sewell

Pickerington Schools was incredibly sad to hear about the death of longtime band director Mike Sewell. Mr. Sewell, who spent his career shaping the lives of students at Pickerington High School Central until a few years ago, passed away Saturday. Please keep his family, friends, former students, and colleagues in your thoughts and prayers.

While we do not have details about services, we are aware that Mr. Sewell affected the lives of thousands of students during his career. We will have counselors available for students and staff to talk to when school resumes on Tuesday.

“Mr. Sewell impacted more lives through music and teaching than anyone I have ever had the honor of knowing,” said Stacy Tennenbaum, PHSC principal. “He touched my life and those around him with his sweet personality and his warm smile. He would give anything for his students and his colleagues.”

District superintendent Valerie Browning-Thompson said it is no exaggeration to say that the Pickerington music program, including our marching bands, would not be recognized as one of the best in the state had it not been for Mr. Sewell’s teaching and commitment to his students.

“Mr. Sewell’s legacy will continue long after his passing, through the lives of those he touched as an educator, mentor, role model and friend,” Browning-Thompson said. “Pickerington Schools owes a great debt to Mr. Sewell’s passion for music and teaching.”

Thank you, Mr. Sewell. You truly made Pickerington Proud, and you will be missed.