SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – A man who has volunteered his time for the last 50 years to teach piano in Oakland schools received quite an honor Tuesday.

KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:

The Oakland East Bay Symphony performed a concert for the 99-year-old at Oakland Tech.Giles “Bud” Cropsey has continuously taught music and piano as a volunteer at Roosevelt Middle School in Oakland, his alma mater, for five decades.

Cropsey was born and raised in Oakland, attended public schools in the city and graduated from Roosevelt in 1929, when it was a high school.

After working at various odd jobs for a few years, Cropsey attended the College of Marin and played percussion with the Marin Symphony.

He received a B.S. in business administration from the University of California at Berkeley in 1934 and earned a master’s degree in economics from the same university in 1935.

He told KCBS that he has no plans to retire any time soon.

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Comments (2)
  1. B Martiny says:

    What an awesome man! What a gift to give those kids. It is so important to have community members involoved in the schools. I wish he was at my school!

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