Luck is not chance, it’s toil. Fortune’s expensive smile is earned. ~ Emily Dickinson


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


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Life Lesson #9: Leadership

When a student first walks into the band room, training in leadership is underway. The older students (and the director) are modelling behavior through their own actions. This is indirect leadership. This is possibly the most important and powerful form of leadership. We are defined by our actions, rather than our thoughts or even words. And young, nervous 14 year olds walking into a room of well disciplined, well behaved, and kind older students will do all they can to fit in to the mold that has already been set. . . . → Read More: Life Lesson #9: Leadership

Band Vision & Mission

I wrote in a recent post about my Student Leadership Team working collaboratively online to write a vision and mission statement for the ensemble. We have never done this before, but I feel it is important to define ourselves by reflecting on and setting goals regarding our purpose and direction.

Here are . . . → Read More: Band Vision & Mission

Student Leadership Team

Yesterday was the first meeting of my band’s Student Leadership Team (SLT). Just a short time ago, I announced to my students at Summer Band that I wanted to meet with all Juniors and Seniors prior to our camp (which begins next Monday). A few days ago (while on vacation in Utah) I sent out . . . → Read More: Student Leadership Team