Bon Iver wins big

(WEAU) - The 54th annual Grammy Awards wasn't like any other Sunday for the Vernon family. Their son took home not one, but two Grammy awards.

“I mean we we're just so happy he was nominated and so happy to be included in the trip out here and the festivities and having him win was just the icing on the cake,” said Justin Vernon’s mother, Justine Vernon in a phone interview.

Past Band Director, Bruce Hering shared in the excitement for Justin and was happy to have been part of his career when he was just starting out.

"I’m just busting at the seams, he’s just gone beyond I think even what he thought was going to happen,” said Bruce Hering, former Memorial High School Band Director.

Even middle school Band Director Stephen Wells says he was ecstatic to have worked with both Mike Noyce and Justin Vernon.

“It’s just surreal, we don’t expect these things in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and I’m not sure anybody is ever ready for something like that,” said Stephen Wells, Band Director at Delong iddle School.

Even students living in Towers Hall at UWEC celebrated Sunday night.

“It’s more cool for us because he went here and some of his songs have Towers South in them and that’s where I live so I’m like yeah!” said Cassie Zahirda, Freshman UWEC student.

“I was in the cafe with my best friend Amber and we stood up and I screamed Bon Iver baby,” said Molly Bissen, Freshman UWEC student.

While Bon Iver has recently appeared on Saturday Night Live, the Grammys are just another step in the right direction.

“Justin is going to just keep growing and I think helping other people grow musically too which is incredibly great, “said Hering.


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