By Columbian Staff
February 21, 2011 6 a.m.
Greg McKelvey, who teaches band at Battle Ground High School and Chief Umtuch Middle School, turned on the television on Feb. 13 to watch the Grammy Awards, but he dozed off, so he missed seeing his former student, Esperanza Spalding, accept the award for best new artist.
McKelvey, a 56-year-old Portland resident, taught Spalding about 15 years ago when she joined his band for inner-city and minority youth in Portland. At the time, she played oboe and keyboard, he said.