A valley music teacher who lost his brother in the attack on the pentagon is helping his students learn about what happened on 9/11 through song.
On this day, for the past few years, music teacher Steve Speisman and his students put on a show. It's part concert, part history lesson.
"I lost my brother that day," says Steven Speisman.
Mr. Speisman will never forget showing his students the live coverage of the attack 12 years ago.
"The kids were like, is this real? Nobody could believe. Then I get a phone call. It was my daughter Julie calling me and I said, 'Julie you are okay I am so happy!' and she said 'No dad sit down Uncle Robby is dead.'"
Steven's younger brother Robby was on the plane that crashed into the pentagon. In the teacher's classroom at Desert Mountain High in Scottsdale, one wall is covered with his family's 9/11 story.
"How do you teach history to kids? You try to make it come alive. If you are a good teacher you make it come alive."
And what the students read in the history books is nothing compared to the story they hear from this music teacher.
"I don't pull any punches. I don't make believe it didn't happen. I get upset."
Speisman wrote his own 9/11 song too.
"We are all history and history moves with the sun."
"The day I want people to remember is September 12. September 11 is shock. September 12, this whole country, this whole world came together like no other in my life."
Clearly his story resonates with students.
"I had old students that don't even go to school here calling me. I had a couple email me saying Mr. Spiesman, thinking of you today. That is kind of like a timeless hug. Kids that you had coming back saying you touched me. I remember. I am thinking of you today."
Speisman has traveled to the memorial outside the Pentagon. He says it was an extremely moving experience. He also contributed to the design of the 9/11 memorial outside the Arizona state capitol.
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