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Penticton's Top 40: Justin Glibbery

The Penticton Wine Country Chamber of Commerce announce top 40
Justin Glibbery

The Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce and Kettle Valley Memorial are happy to announce Penticton Secondary School’s Justin Glibbery as a Top 40 recipient.

Justin's contributions as a high school music teacher and professional musician have provided lifelong skills and memories for his students. After receiving a Bachelor of Music with a Major in Education from the University of Victoria, Justin Glibbery's career in music education has now spanned 32 years exclusively in Penticton, first at Princess Margaret Junior Secondary back in 1992, and 2 years later, at Penticton Secondary where he continues to work today.

Originally from Abbotsford, Justin quickly realized that Penticton was where he wanted to call home and establish his career, both as a teacher and as a professional pianist and composer.

Throughout his tenure, Justin has passionately fostered a love of music among his students, emphasizing the importance of group performance and collaboration. His approach is rooted in providing students with opportunities to shine, whether in the classroom, on stage, or in the community.

Justin’s dedication to music education extends beyond traditional school settings, as he has been instrumental in organizing and directing student performances at various community events.

One of the most exciting collaborations took place this past May, where Pen High students got to sing the choir part of “I Want to Know What Love Is” on stage with Foreigner at the SOEC, giving them an experience that is certain to stay with them for life. In addition to his teaching career, Justin has maintained an active professional performance career. He has played with renowned artists such as Juno award winners Alfie Zappacosta and Oscar Lopez, and he currently directs the Naramata Community Choir.

Justin’s involvement with Rann Berry’s Time Machine showcases his versatility in genres, performing music from the 80s, Motown, and one-hit wonders throughout the decades. Justin’s commitment to fostering an inclusive and supportive environment for his students is evident in his approach to teaching and his integration of Indigenous content into his curriculum.

Long before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s recommendations, Justin incorporated First Nations songs, drumming patterns, and stories into his music classes, offering students a more complete education in Canadian culture and history. Further to that, he also has his students plan and execute all of the logistical tasks that go into hosting a concert, providing them with a true “learn to do by doing” experience.

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