DeJean Middle music director’s inspiring story detailed

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Tim Wilson, a teacher and music director at Lovonya DeJean Middle School, is sadly leaving the school at the end of the year due to health reasons, but a recent feature in the San Francisco Chronicle explains how his contributions will have a lasting impact at the school.

Wilson played trumpet for more than two decades for the San Francisco Opera until glaucoma forced his retirement. But he turned his misfortune into the meaningful pursuit of providing underserved youth with access to the best possible music instruction.

After being told he would go blind if he continued playing trumpet professionally, the 58-year-old virtuoso became a music director and math teacher at DeJean, where he has reportedly spent hundreds of thousands of dollars of his own money on instruments, equipment, assistant instructor salaries, a band camp and other items for the school program.

“The principal worries what will happen next year — how he will keep the music going,” according to the Chronicle. “He’s already looking for someone to fill Wilson’s shoes.”

Read the full story here.