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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Edublog Awards Nominations


This is a very difficult task – coming up with single nominations for the 2011 Edublog Awards. But it seems fun, so I’m playing along.

Best Individual Blog

Dave Wilken’s very informative Blog: Wilktone. Great stuff on composition, brass playing, and jazz. Check it out!

Best Individual Tweeter

Well, there is . . . → Read More: Edublog Awards Nominations

Instrument Angels Featured on

I’m very happy to report that MENC, the National Association for Music Education has featured my Instrument Angels program on their website this week.

You can read it here: NAfME Site

Also see the original here:

[Edit: MENC is now NAfME: National Association for Music Education]

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Worthy of Note: Schumann – Konzertstück für 4 Hörner und Orchester

As a horn player, I’ve always loved Schumann’s Konzertstück. This performance with Daniel Barenboim and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra is simply amazing. The great Stefan Dohr (principal, BPO) is playing 1st horn. CSO’s legendary Dale Clevenger is on 2nd. Ignacio Garcia (soloist with the Berlin State Opera Orchestra under Barenboim) on 3rd. And Georg Schrekenberger . . . → Read More: Worthy of Note: Schumann – Konzertstück für 4 Hörner und Orchester