I enrolled at San Jose State University in the fall of 1961 majoring in Music Education. I graduated in January of 1965.
I accepted a position teaching music for the Hollister School District which began in the fall of 1965. Throughout the years, I have taught Beginning Band, Advanced Band, Beginning Guitar, Choir, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, and Marching Band to public school students in Hollister.
I retired in June of 2010. The 45 years I spent teaching music to kids were the best years of my life.
When I started teaching in the Hollister School District, I planned all along to open my own music store, once I retired.
After more than a year of planning, my wife Frances and I opened Mr. O's Academy of the Arts - a business focused on music instruction. I have recruited local instructors who will help with the endeavor and teach instruments and vocal music.
I thank the many people who assisted in opening the business, David Huboi, Meno Valdez, Chris Nolan, Ray Pierce, Ty Intrivia, and the Hoyle sisters who own the building.
The Academy consists of five lesson studios, a recording studio and a large performance room.
With the Hollister school District's recent budget problems, the elementary music program has been completely eliminated.
I, with other members of the community, have set up the Save the Music Program in the Hollister School District to revive music in the schools.
Mr. O's Academy is for all ages.
My wife and I would like to dedicate the Academy to the Hoyle sisters (Jennifer Oldencamp and Trisha Baha) who I taught when they were in elementary school.