The PCC PTSA presented a surprise Honorary Service Award to music instructor Kyle Luck this year for outstanding service to children at its annual luncheon on March 23. Individuals who have given to the community and gone beyond their job description are recipients of the award, according to Angie O’Brien, membership chairwomen.
“The award is given through the national and state PTSA and nominees were selected by a nomination committee,” said Amparo Becerra, PCC PTSA president.
“Last year’s recipient was Lisa Sugimoto.” This year’s award recipient, Luck, is the current director of the Lancer Band as well as an eminent music instructor on campus.
“I’m very flattered and surprised, because obviously, a lot of people deserve this [award],” Luck said after receiving the award.
“I walked in the Tournament of Roses Parade with Kyle and he is an extraordinary musician and teacher,” said PCC president, Mark Rocha, pointing out his TOR pin.
“[TOR involves] so much work and leadership, aside from being the world’s biggest show. Kyle is a great example of PCC excellence,” he said.
Luck attended Crescenta Valley High School where he was in the marching band. He then attended CSUN where he majored in music before getting his masters degree at USC in jazz. After teaching at elementary schools, John Muir High School, and Westlake High School, he came to PCC to take over the Lancer band position, where he’s created many arrangements for the band.
“[Kyle] is an outstanding person and he is very much outside of just a regular teacher whose help build our music program more,” said Jim Arnwine, PCC dean of The Performing Arts and Communication division.
“I want to say thank you, because this is quite an honor for me,” said Luck.
“I love what I do here, this is my dream job.