BEAVERTON — For a musician, receiving a gold record for a single or album is not only a career highlight — it’s the moment of a lifetime. For Dan Schauffler, Valley Catholic band director, that moment was more than 30 years in the making. On April 4, students, faculty and staff celebrated the golden achievement.
“Dan Schauffler is a talented musician who has received many honors over the years, including his election to the Oregon Music Hall of Fame,” Principal Doug Ierardi said during an assembly in the Valiants gym. “He loves music and he loves to teach.”
Ierardi added said Schauffler performed with two popular and successful bands. One was the Crazy 8s. He asked if anyone knew the other. The gym echoed as students shouted: “Nu Shooz.”
More than 30 years ago, the Nu Shooz single “I Can’t Wait” and the album “Poolside” went gold, selling more than 500,000 copies. Because of Recording Industry Association of America rules at that time, Schuaffler wasn’t eligible to be one of the gold record recipients.
Jump ahead 30 years to a chance encounter with Roger Hart, who served as manager of the popular American rock band, “Paul Revere and the Raiders.” Hart told Schauffler that RIAA rules had changed and he should try again.
Schuaffler has led Valley Catholic’s concert, jazz and pep bands since 2000.” He said he wanted to share the moment with students and the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon.”
The gym reverberated with cheers and applause as Schauffler walked to the center of the gym, accompanied Sisters Adele Marie Altenhofen, John Therese Miller and Denise Klaas.
Sister Adele Marie hoisted a gold record display above her head for the students to see.
Schauffler thanked the sisters for supporting music.
“What you’ve done in your schools to build this program is incredible,” he said. “I’m grateful to share what I’ve learned about music with our students at Valley Catholic.”
He then called his students “my real trophies.”