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MR. AHRENS

David Ahrens

Mr. David Ahrens

Teacher | Choral Director | Band Director
530.268.3700
 
 

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Symphonic Band

Grade Levels: 9-12
Repetitions for Credit: Yes
Prerequisites: At least one year of MS or HS band
Graduation Requirement:Elective-VPA/CTE/World Language - UC/CSU 'F'

This band will explore intermediate to advanced musical selections and techniques. In the fall, the band will perform as the Bear River Pep Band at football games. It will perform as the Bear River Marching Band at local parades and regional competitions. The Symphonic Band will hold several performances including the “Sounds of the Season” and “River Song" concerts and the Arts Department Showcase. The Symphonic Band also performs at the Golden Empire (or similar) Music Festival and often undertakes a performance tour in the Spring. Students will also be encouraged to audition for various honor band opportunities throughout the year. We will be studying music theory with opportunities to arrange and compose – and to perform that music. All members of this ensemble are expected to practice daily outside of class, maintain a practice journal, and be listening regularly to wind band recordings.

Jazz Band

Grade Levels: 9-12
Repetitions for Credit: Yes
Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in Symphonic Band 
Graduation Requirement:Elective-VPA/CTE/World Language - UC/CSU 'F'

Jazz Band is an auditioned, performance intensive course for the advanced musician. A broad sample of jazz music from various styles and periods will be performed in a Big Band format. Students should demonstrate proper stylistic technique, articulations, blend and balance, intonation, improvisation, and facility on his/her instrument. The Jazz Band will perform at many events throughout the year, including our own “Swing Into The Night” Big Band Dance” as well as the “Sounds of the Season” and “River Song” concerts. Away from campus, they perform at the Folsom, Reno, East Bay, and/or Santa Cruz Jazz Festivals, local service club meetings, and more. Members of this ensemble are expected to practice daily outside of class beyond their practice time for Symphonic Band, maintain a practice journal, and be listening to jazz recordings regularly.

Concert Band

Grade Levels: 9-12
Repetitions for Credit: Yes
Prerequisites: None
Graduation Requirement:Elective-VPA/CTE/World Language 

The Concert Band class offers the students an opportunity to learn to play a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument with no prior experience needed. The students and the teacher will collaborate to chose one instrument from the woodwind family (flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon), brass instruments (trumpet, french horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba), or percussion (drums & melodic percussion).  The goal of the class is to give the students the fundamental skills needed to continue their development in the Symphonic Band. Students will have the opportunity to perform music in various concerts and professionally adjudicated festivals during the second semester. 


BR Voices

Grade Levels: 9-12
Repetitions for Credit: Yes
Prerequisites: None
Graduation Requirement: Elective-VPA/CTE/World Language - UC/CSU 'F'

An all-grade mixed chorus (SATB) where students will sing a variety of literature from all stylistic periods. There will be many performance opportunities throughout the year. BR Voices will hold several performances including the “Sounds of the Season”, “Fantasy of Stars”, and “River Song” concerts and the Arts Department Showcase. BR Voices also performs at the Golden Empire (or similar) Music Festival and often undertakes a performance tour in the Spring. Emphasis will be placed on fundamentals of vocal technique, sight singing, music theory, and history. All members of this ensemble are expected to practice daily outside of class and be listening regularly to choral recordings.

Starlite Express ("Show Pop")

Grade Levels: 9-12
Repetitions for Credit: Yes
Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in BR Voices or Symphonic Band
Graduation Requirement:Elective-VPA/CTE/World Language 
 
Starlite Express Show Choir is an exciting, energy-filled, auditioned ensemble which will require singing, dancing, showmanship, and no small amount of sequins! It will also require commitment beyond the time put into your traditional ensemble. Starlite Show Band is an auditioned, high-powered stage band that performs live on stage with the choir. Band members play a variety of pop/rock music and will be called upon to contribute visually to the show through some light choreography. Starlite Express is host to the annual “Fantasy of Stars” Invitational. Starlite will perform at many events throughout the year, including our own “Sounds of the Season” concert, “Fantasy of Stars” Choral Invitational; and “River Song” concert. We are often asked to perform for local service club meetings, and often travel to take part in music festivals throughout the state. Members of this ensemble are expected to practice daily outside of class beyond their practice time for their primary ensemble. Starlite has a non-traditional class schedule – that will be set at the start of the year.

Beginning Guitar

Grade Levels: 9-12
Repetitions for Credit: Yes
Prerequisites: None
Graduation Requirement:Elective-VPA/CTE/World Language 
 
Each student will realize that they can be a guitar player. This course serves as an introduction to the instrument and will provide students with an instant access to making music on the guitar. Focus points will be strumming and rhythms, reading music, improvising, and beginning songwriting.

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