Bob Gray is a musical madman marching to the sound of a flute and the beat of a drum. At the same time he is listening for inconsistent notes and missed steps of the The Peace Arch City school band practicing behind him. He is ever ready to offer a well timed and sharply aimed lecture to any erratic hand or foot. Bob, who is 46 and is from Norwegian and Swedish decent decided to be a band director when he was only 16 years old and in high school. He plays trombone in a jazz orchestra to fulfill his own musical ambitions and to experience performance anxieties that make him a more sensitive music teacher and intuitive band leader.
Bob Gray feels playing in the school band enhances a student's sense of belonging and creates the essential feeling of fulfilling a group purpose. He knows firsthand that performing together reinforces mutual respect among the students and also demonstrates how their combined musical contribution creates magical moments for everyone in the auditorium. Bob shares musical and philosophical perspectives with students that comprise his 8-10 musical classes each quarter. "I want to give each of them a part of me, my love and devotion to music, to take with them after they graduate."
When we reach out and embrace our neighbors we see pictures that enhance everyday life in our own international community.