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Max Colley Jr. has taught music at Northview Public Schools for 40 years from 1970 until retiring in 2010. Mr. Colley was the first teacher in the Northview district to be recognized by the School Board for “Exemplary Service” and has been awarded the “Outstanding Teacher Award” of Northview High School on three occasions. In 1988 he was selected the State of Michigan’s ‘Band Teacher of the Year’ by the MSBOA. He was selected conductor of the first West Michigan All-Star Band in 1989 and received the ‘National Impact Teacher of the Year’ awarded by Cedarville University in 1998. He received the “Outstanding Educator Award” by the Michigan Competing Band Association in 2006.

In 2010, the Northview Public Schools named the community auditorium ‘The Max Colley Jr. Performing Arts Center’ in his honor. Mr. Colley has been a saxophone instructor at Grand Rapids Community College and Calvin College and was Associate Professor of Music at Calvin teaching the jazz band. He has performed with the Grand Rapids Symphony and in 2009 was inducted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He continues to be busy as an adjudicator and clinician and is a worship leader at Bella Vista Church in Rockford.

He is most proud of his student’s accomplishments. Many have gone on to professional careers in orchestras, bands and jazz groups throughout the country. Dozens have become music educators at all levels including several here in District Ten. The Northview Bands have been on eight European Tours, received an Award of Excellence at the Midwest European Festival in Austria, and have performed for four United States Presidents.

All five of Mr. Colley’s children went through his program and he is the proud grandfather of eight grandchildren.

Max Colley Jr. received his B.A. degree from Calvin College and his M.A. from Grand Valley State University.