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Mr. Ahrens teaches band & choir at Bear River High School in Grass Valley, CA.


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David Ahrens is a Husband, Father, Hornist, High School Music Teacher, and Blogger living in Roseville, CA. He grew up in Southern California in the 1970′s and 80′s, playing the French Horn from age 9.

David Ahrens graduated from the California State University at Northridge with a Bachelor of Music in Horn Performance, the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education, and the American Band College of Sam Houston State University with a Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting.

He has studied horn with Dr. David Hoover at CSUN and Stephen Proser of the Utah Symphony. He has performed under the direction of Sir David Whitwell, Dr. Barry Kopetz, and under such guest conductors as Col. Arnald Gabriel, Johan de Meij, Col. Lowell Graham, Karel Husa, Francis McBeth, Frank Erickson, Frank Ticheli, and Zubin Mehta. He has performed with numerous community bands, orchestras, theatrical productions, and one funk & soul band throughout the past 30 years. David currently performs with the Sacramento Brass Quintet and the Sacramento Symphonic Winds.

David maintains an active professional online presence ¬†on Twitter (@MrAhrens), the “Band Director” and “I’m A Choir Director” groups on Facebook, and through this blog. Since 1999, he has been a public school music teacher in Oregon and California. He is currently the director of bands and choirs at Bear River High School, north of Auburn, CA.

David’s current interests include: Vocal arranging; playing his Conn 8d; distance running; reading; graphic design; utilizing new media (particularly Twitter and the Blogosphere) to advance collaboration, advancement of ideas, and professional fellowship among music educators; Creating better working systems for the achievement of musical excellence in small schools and rural areas; and spending time with his family.