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Darby Fleming

“His dismay at thinking he had disappointed the kids and their tremendous outpouring of affection for him says everything about the kind of teacher (and human being) he is. He is O-MAZING!”

Parent of former student – George Stevens Academy

Describe how music has impacted your life.
Although I don’t play an instrument, I have always had a deep appreciation for music and I and my husband Dick tried (and succeeded) in instilling that in our daughter who found her musical “feet” at GSA with Mr. O. We are forever grateful for the kindness and encouragement he showed her and that he extends to all his students. That’s why every year we give the Orlofsky Music Scholarship to a senior of Mr. O’s choosing.

Describe Mr. O in three words.
Dedicated, caring, talented

What is your most memorable story involving Mr. O?
I will never forget our daughter’s senior year when the jazz band, sure to win in their division, played a few seconds overtime and were disqualified.  Steve took it terribly hard and blamed himself.  I well remember watching him walk, alone and in desolation, down the corridor shaking his head and near tears.  He was not to blame, of course!  Later, the kids and we parents had a big surprise celebration for him and the band played “Bill Bailey” better than ever with Steve wailing away on his sax! His dismay at thinking he had disappointed the kids and their tremendous outpouring of affection for him says everything about the kind of teacher (and human being) he is. He is O-MAZING!

If you could ask Mr. O any question, what would it be?
How many of you are there, anyway? I never knew any one person who could accomplish so much!

 

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