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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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

A Band That Plays Together, Plays Together

It’s hard for me to believe, but I will begin my 12th year teaching high school band in one week. During that time, I’ve been at two schools. The first for five years and the second for seven now. At the time that I left my first band, I had just begun to achieve the . . . → Read More: A Band That Plays Together, Plays Together

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