Gilbert T. Freitas Annual Memorial Award 

(For Achievement in Music Education) 

Gilbert Freitas was one of the original owners of Best Music Company and Best Instrument Repair Company. He was an ardent supporter of music education in CMEA Bay Section and through his generosity over the years he donated resources to many schools, music camps and youth bands/orchestras, supplied scholarships, and used the resources of their Oakland stores to help poorer schools and their music programs. In many ways he was like the late Don Schmeer of Byron Hoyt Sheet Music Company, helping music education where it was needed most. Gil died in September 1985 at the young age of 56. This award pays tribute to the music education community in CMEA Bay Section in memory of Gilbert Freitas. There are two awards, one for a young teacher with less than 7 years of experience, and one for a veteran teacher with more than 7 years of experience. There is an award plaque and a monetary award for the recipients.

 

Past Award Recipients

* - Less Than 7 Years Experience 

More Than 7 Years Experience

 

2017 - Brant Nishida*

2017 - Randy Porter

2016 - Eric Weingartner*

2016 - Greg Conway

2015 - Jonathan Jow*

2015 - Benedetta Dalbesio

2014 - Keith Johnson*

2014 - Jonathan Grantham

2013 - Joshua Butterfield*

2013 - Arlene Burney

2012 - Jessica Vaughan-Marra*

2012 - Rita Zigas-Brown

2011 - Christopher Marra*

2011 - Todd Summers

2010 - Kellie Bowman*

2010 - Laurel Verissimo

2009 - Beth Dameron*

2009 - Greg Brown

2008 - Julie Bounds*

2008 - Paul Perazzo

2007 - Timothy Harris*

2007 - Paul Yonemura

2006 - Dave Lewis*

2006 - Steve Mathews

2005 - David Vickerman*

2005 - Dr. John Felder

2004 - Vu Nguyen*

2004 - Michael Galisatus 

2003 - Michael Boitz* 

2003 - Edward C. Harris 

1995 - Eve Eliseian*

1995 - Dalt Williams 

1994 - Jeanette Brown* 

1994 - James Hodge 

1993 - Romano Marchetti 

1992 - John Frantz*

1992 - Steve Connolly

1991 - Sandra Beacock*;

1991 - Robert Greenwood

1990 - Steve Taylor*

1990 - Robert Athayde 

1989 - Bruce McCay*

1989 - Henry Use 

1988 - Norman Dea*

1988 - Marvin Nelson 

1987 - Ted Newton*