I have been teaching a concert band for eight years and a jazz band for four years. I went to high school in Illinois and moved out to Arizona to study music education and clarinet at Arizona State University. I have 150 seventh and eighth-grade students and teach both concert and jazz bands. My students have performed at district, regional and state competitions, at ASU, UCLA, UC Riverside before Diamondback games, and at Disneyland. This year our jazz was selected to perform at the 10th Annual Jazz Education Network in Reno, NV. My classroom is very active and lively. We sing, we dance, we breathe, we jump, we improvise, we make noise, we laugh, and we play.
Our band needs a new piccolo for next year's 8th-grade band. I have four outstanding flute players for next year, and they have been fighting over the one piccolo we currently have (which is not even very good). Three of the four have been really infatuated with the piccolo, coming in at lunch to try the instrument. I even checked the instrument out to one of the students to keep for the whole practice. When the other two found out about this, they quickly came into my room and asked why they couldn't take home the instrument. I only use the piccolo and the piccolo part when I have exemplary flute students that would be able to handle the difficult tuning of the instruments.
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