Posts from 2017-03-07

A Tribute to My High School Music Teacher by Dave


My high school music teacher was Milan Nevloa in Guelph.  I started in grade 9 on French horn, but moved to trumpet in grade 10.  I was an active member of both the concert and stage bands.


 It wasn't until long after high school that I began to fully appreciate Mr. Nevola's incredible ability to impart musical skills and (some) semblance of taste.  Through him I was exposed to a fairly wide repertoire, and had the fantastic opportunity to do two band trips, including one to South Derbyshire in England.


 I began to get paying gigs during high school, and soon moved on to a private teacher. Trumpet playing continued to be my part time job into my late 20s, and I am still fortunate enough to get the odd paying gig.  And now, almost 40 years later, I continue to reap some of the seeds some by Mr. Nevola at GCVI.


 A number of top notch musicians came through Mr. Nevola's class, many of whom continue to play professionally.  Some of the people I went to school with played with with Swing Shift, Rebel Machine, Anthony Terpstra, the Dave McMurdo Orchestra,  Renee Rosnes and Horace Silver.  


 I also had the opportunity of working with other impressive high school and university teachers from Guelph, including Ken Tinnish and the late Bob Emberson.  But none had the lasting impact of Mr Nevola.


 One enduring image I had of him was his demonstration of perfect pitch.  He would his various objects in the classroom (e.g., desk, music stand, wall), announce the pitch then verify it on the piano.


 "Nevs" passed away in 2014, and I hope that current and future musicians have the privilege of having a teacher like him.