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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Blogging November

DCF 1.0

I really enjoy writing. And I dread it.

It can be one of the most enjoyable things for me to do for myself, but I seldom have the requisite time to dedicate to it or toward daily reading. It frustrates me when I don’t have the time to do things correctly. So, I just . . . → Read More: Blogging November

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

Time Management, Focus, & Vision Key to Maintaining Sanity

So, it’s not just selecting repertoire and rehearsing the band?

I’m not going to say that I was ever so naive as to think that being a high school band director was just about the music. However I certainly never imagined the actual amount of non-musical work that . . . → Read More: Time Management, Focus, & Vision Key to Maintaining Sanity

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