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Title Oral History of Bob Greenwood
Collection Oral History
Scope & Content In this oral history, longtime director of the Tamalpais High School music program Bob Greenwood recounts a life devoted to music and music education within the context of some of the major historical events of the 20th century and against the backdrop of a changing Mill Valley. Born in 1928 in Charles City, Iowa, Bob moved out to California in 1943 when his father got a job working in the Bechtel shipyards, settling originally in Marin City. Bob describes how he started playing music while a student at Tam — beginning with the double bass — and joined the local musicians union at the age of 16, gigging around the Bay Area with dance bands. After high school, he continued his musical education at San Francisco State University alongside GIs who had come home from WWII. Bob recounts getting his second teaching job after college back at Tam High, but then in his first year being drafted into the Army and spending 21 months in Korea. After completing his military service, he resumed his teaching position at Tam, where he would exercise a powerful influence on many young musicians, such as Bill Champlin and Rob Moitoza, who would go on to pursue successful musical careers. In this oral history, Bob speaks poignantly about his career teaching music at Tam High, his marriage to his wife Evelyn, and about what music means to him.

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Dates of Creation 2016-01-28
Narrator's name Greenwood, Bob
Interviewer Schwartz, Debra
Extent and Medium Transcript: 28pp
Recording: 01:02:12
Search Terms Angiula, Joe
Champlin, Bill
Greenwood, Evelyn
Marsh, Jane
Moitoza, Rob
Music education
Pearl Harbor
Pittenger, Mabel (Mrs.)
Sons of Champlin
Tamalpais High School
The Opposite Six
Object ID 2016.037.001
Object Name Recording
Copyrights Transcript and recording copyright Mill Valley Public Library, 2016. Materials are made available for research purposes only; all rights are reserved to the Mill Valley Public Library. Requests for permission to quote for publication or for any other usage must be obtained from the Library.