Band students at Bassett High School drummed up excitement Thursday.

They surprised the band director, Trey Harris, who was named the 2014 Region Six Teacher of the Year.

That covers 10 counties and five cities, including Covington, Roanoke, and Danville.

Harris has led the band for 18 years. It just recently won its sixth state band championship.

Harris is now qualified to be the state teacher of the year.

Teachers from Lynchburg and Smyth County are also in the running.

Jennifer Lovett is a reading specialist at Linkhorne Elementary in Lynchburg. Lovett was named the Region 5 Teacher of the Year.

Tina Cook teaches computer technology at Chilhowie Middle School. She was named Region 7 Teacher of the Year.