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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Music Life Lesson #5: Getting Along

You can not successfully perform music without constantly observing and reacting to your band-mates. Even the lines and phrases within the composition are a conversation; a cooperative narrative being spun for the audience. Our communication is with the composer (living or dead; present or afar), the audience, and with each other. . . . → Read More: Music Life Lesson #5: Getting Along

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