To most students at George Mason, special education teacher Jamie Lahy seems like a bow-tie wearing, helpful teacher. What most students don’t know about Lahy is that he breeds dogs and plays the banjo.
In seventh grade, Lahy’s mother made him play the piano but he didn’t like it. Much to his dismay, his mother forced him to stay in music, so he chose the banjo. He chose the banjo out of spite, because it was the most annoying instrument he could think of at the time. Over time, he learned to love it and still tries to play every day for at least 45 minutes.
Lahy’s favorite banjo performers are Bela Fleck and Pete Seeger, and his favorite song to play is “John Stinson #2.” He sometimes performs locally and at jam sessions with other banjo players. He even made an appearance alongside Jason Kutchma, junior, in this year’s fall JV Show.
Lahy also would like to remind people that the banjo is a serious instrument and not “just for rednecks.”
Aside from picking away at the banjo, Lahy also breeds dogs in his spare time. During his sophomore year in college, Lahy received his first show dog, a commodore. He liked them because they looked unique and pretty. After college he started to show dogs professionally and soon received a job at one of the world’s largest show-dog kennels. For four years, they showed some of the top show dogs in the entire country.
Lahy wants to send all of his dogs off to good homes, and he opens this opportunity to students and families of
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