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Richard R. Small Memorial Music Scholarship

Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation
Published on March 31, 2020

In 1961, Richard Small began building the instrumental music program for the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. By 1963, Richard taught instrumental music at Truckee, Kings Beach, Tahoe City, and Summit Elementary Schools. Over his career, he also taught at Intermediate and Advanced Band, Jazz Band, and Music Theory at TTUSD high school, and Sierra Mountain Intermediate. Each year he sent his high school Advanced Band to the Golden Empire Music Festival in Sacramento, earning the highest marks. In 1981, Richard took a position at Camerado Springs Middle School in Cameron Park. He was also a judge for the Golden Empire Festival. The photograph shows his retirement concert from Camerado in 1995 where past and present students united under his baton one last time.

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