Truckee band director honored for community service |

Truckee band director honored for community service

The first time Truckee High School student Kenna Smith, 17, went to play music at a convalescent hospital with her band class, “it was a little bit scary,” she said.

“Then you realize what you are doing for them,” Smith said. “When you bring music from their era that brightens their day, you can change things for them.”

Truckee High’s fine arts instructor, Dave Green, has taken the band on tours regularly to veterans clinics, retirement centers, children’s hospitals and nursing homes in his 19 years at the school.

Green’s band visits help patients heal, said Lillian Nelson, volunteer services manager at Shriners Hospitals for Children, Northern California.

“Community groups (like Green’s) are such an important part of our hospital because we believe people can make a difference,” Nelson said. “(The music) improves the healing process.”

“It is really therapeutic for the adults, and it’s good public service for the kids,” Green said.

Earlier this year, the former professional flautist was awarded the California Band Directors Association’s Distinguished Service medal, considered among the most prestigious recognitions for band directors.

“It is always nice to be recognized in front of your peers,” Green said.

“Outside of Lifetime Achievement, distinguished service is probably the top band director award in the state,” said Dean Nordby, band teacher at North Tahoe High School. “You’ve got a lot band directors looking at you. So, to get that, you have got to be working pretty hard.”

“Dave Green has consistently received high nomination numbers,” said Executive Director Laura Abbey Brown, of the Excellence in Education Foundation, the organization responsible for issuing the awards. “He is very dedicated to the students.”

The award includes a $2,000 stipend for use in the class and $1,000 personal spending allowance. Green said he already spent $2,400 on new stage lights for the school theater.

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