Tim Wilson steps onto the small stage platform, raises his baton and asks the 100 or so students seated before him to settle down. Music, he tells them, is painted on a canvas of silence — a lovely metaphor that has no effect. The October dress rehearsal for the middle school band’s first concert of the year is not going well. Wilson waits. The hum of conversation continues, punctuated by an occasional clarinet’s revolt or trumpet’s yawp. The canvas at Lovonya DeJean Middle School in Richmond is rarely silent. So the music teacher waits some more. He’s not supposed to be here, in this multipurpose room that doubles as a cafeteria, the smell of tuna salad and chicken tenders lingering in the air. He was a virtuoso, a tuxedo-clad trumpeter who moved opera house crowds and commanded a rare six-figure salary. Until he started to go blind. Tim Wilson,�Lovonya DeJean Middle School�music director,�gives some tips to a student playing the flute while he teaches class at Lovonya DeJean Middle School on Thursday, September 22, 2016 in Richmond, Calif.Photo: Lea Suzuki, The Chronicle Now, he’s Mr. Wilson the music teacher. Instead of playing Puccini’s “La Bohème” at San Francisco’s War Memorial… Read full this story
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