RECOGNIZING JAY ROBERTS; Congressional Record Vol. 164, No. 85
(Extensions of Remarks - May 23, 2018)

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                        RECOGNIZING JAY ROBERTS


                          HON. JOHN GARAMENDI

                             of california

                    in the house of representatives

                        Wednesday, May 23, 2018

  Mr. GARAMENDI. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize and honor Mr. 
Jay Roberts, who is retiring after thirty years of dedicated service in 
music education and as a community leader.
  Mr. Roberts began his career in 1988 as a part-time elementary music 
education teacher while working at home repairing musical instruments. 
He began teaching full-time at Brentwood Union School District in 1990. 
In 1995, he entered the Elk Grove School District system, teaching 
music education at Harriet Eddy Middle School, and will retire as the 
music director for the award-winning Toby Johnson Middle School Band in 
Elk Grove, where he's taught since 2001.
  Mr. Roberts has served admirably as an outstanding and accomplished 
music educator and leader in our community. He can be credited with the 
recognition of Toby Johnson's Middle School Jaguar Marching Band and 
Color Guard, an award-winning marching and jazz band. As a music 
education teacher, Mr. Roberts has impacted the lives of hundreds of 
students, giving them a sense of confidence and accomplishment. He's 
challenged them in a way to make them realize their potential, and the 
results are an award-winning middle school music program--an incredible 
accomplishment. In the community, he founded the Elk Grove Community 
Concert band, the Jay Roberts Swingtime Orchestra and he also conducts 
for River City Theater Company.
  Mr. Roberts holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from 
California State University, Fullerton and completed his graduate work 
at California State University, Hayward.
  Mr. Speaker, Mr. Roberts has served our student community with 
admirable leadership, passion and dedication. He leaves a remarkable 
legacy. It is my honor to thank him for the positive impacts he's had 
on his students and wish him the very best for an enjoyable retirement.