35 Years of Shaping Young Minds In The Art Of Music

Hillary Johnson
05/30/2019

After 35 years of shaping young minds in the art of music, Geoff Parr is retiring from his teaching position at Caledonia Secondary School at the end of this semester. Once a student himself, Parr left Terrace to pursue a music education degree at UBC, eventually returning, to start a teaching position.

Parr's primary focus, when teaching his students, is to encourage them to achieve their highest potential. The celebration of his student's achievements are proud moments in his teaching career. He feels that music teaches kids commitment, dedication and teamwork. He says the decision to retire was a lengthy one.

"It was a harder process then I thought, like I started talking about it two years ago, and then I thought maybe last year was the last year but, I'm emotionally attached to it. It took this year to start pulling things out, just so I can just sort of finally let it go and give to someone else."

Geoff plans a 6-month hiatus to unwind and continue his passion for cycling in the area and start mountain biking. He will return to his music with the Terrace Comunity Band in the new year, but he is currently gearing up for the band's concert, hosted at the REM Lee Theater on June 15th. The group has commissioned UBC Composition Professor Steven Chapman for this concert.

"It's going to be a really good show. It's like the Skeena suit will start the second act after intermission but were a good variety of music. So some more on the traditional wind band and then some more avant-garde which maybe this piece might be that way, and then some pop show tunes as well, just to round out the program."

Parr encourages the community to come out and enjoy some live music. Tickets are available for purchase at the Misty River book store.

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