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Walnut valley Unified School District

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Longtime Chaparral orchestra director set to retire

May 14, 2019


Chaparral Middle School orchestras, under the direction of Greg Rochford, took the stage Friday, May 3 in the spring concert featuring 300 Prelude, Philharmonia, and Sinfonia musicians performing together. 


Over the weekend, the Sinfonia orchestra performed at Disneyland’s Music in the Park festival, taking 1st place in the Middle School AA String Orchestra Division, Best Overall Orchestra awards.


Most importantly, the group received the Esprit de Corps award for showing the most respect and class while performing at the venue.


Rochford is set to retire this month with 31 years of service at the school.  


“The highlight of my career has been working with thousands of wonderful kids throughout the years,” Rochford said.


Five of his former students have gone on to become music teachers at the middle school, high school, and university level. In addition, several are enjoying careers as performing musicians, actors, dancers, and artist managers.


Thank you for giving the gift of music to generations of Walnut Valley students – bravo!