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March 3, 2006

3 Music Teachers

Why do you need to know who the band and orchestra directors are? Well, if you join either of these groups, you will spend the next three years with these people while expanding your musical abilities.

Mr. Dan Welborn

Ms. Suzanne Scott

- trumpet
- oboe
- clarinet
- alto saxaphone
- baritone (a small version of a tuba)
- flute
- trombone
- percussion

*If you decide to join the band, you will need an instrument. If you do not wish to buy an instrument, you can rent an instrument from a local music store. Depending on the size of the instrument, you may be able to have the school lend you one. This applies only to large instruments. (Tuba, etc...)

Interview With Mr. Welborn
1. How did you come about being a band director?
- I started out as a business major at Tulane University. I was bored and missed band, so I transfered to USM and studied to become a band director.

2. Where did you study music?
- I studied at the University of Southern Mississippi.

3. What do you enjoy most about working with young musicians?
- I enjoy their enthusiasm and how quickly they learn.

4. What instrument(s) do you play?
- I play the French horn, piano, and trumpet.

5. How long have you been a band director, and where have you taught?
- I have been a band director 11 years, and all my experience has been at Mabry.

Interview with Ms. Scott

1. When did you begin studying music?
- I began studying music at the age of 4 with piano lessons. I've studied piano from ages 4-20.

2. What do you enjoy about working with young musicians?
- I find the process of introducing instrumental music to young students completely fascinating! It's so rewarding to see their eyes light up when young people discover their talent, musical interest, and are satisfied with their accomplishments. I prefer working with young musicians because they don't hold back!

3. How did you get the opportunity to become a band director?
- I began studying to become a band director at Georgia State University. The education professors had taken an interest in me and encouraged me --daily-- to work with young musicians.

Being in the Mabry Band is a great way to make new friends! It is also a way to prepare a student for the Lassiter Band if a student chooses to continue. To be in the Lassiter Marching Band, a student will have to have three years of prior playing. If a student wishes to drop out of band, he or she will need to speak with Mr. Welborn and Ms. Scott.

Click to go to the Mabry Band Blog.

Click to see bios for these teachers on the Mabry Staff page.

Join the Mabry Band! It is an experience of a lifetime!!

Mr. Chris Doemel

Click to go to the Orchestra Blog
Orchestra is an ensemble of only string intruments. Being in the Mabry Orchestra is a great way to make friends. It is also a way to prepare yourself for the Lassiter Orchestra. The instruments that a student can play in orchestra are the following:

Interview with Mr. Doemel

1. When did you begin studying music?
-I began when I was 10 in 5th grade band in Cheboygan, Michigan. I started on the trumpet.

2. What do you enjoy about working with young musicians?
- Of course, I love to see them grow as musicians. But becoming a musician is so much more than just learning to play music and play an instrument. There is a huge social side to being in orchestra that I encourage. The kids in orchestra make friends they will have for the rest of their lives. The familiar routine of playing in the school orchestra makes transitions to high school and college easier.
Playing an instrument is an extremely high level of functioning. The fine motor muscle control necessary to operate your right and left hands independently of each another, reading AND interpreting the written language of music, controlling time and rhythm to perform as part of an ensemble, and all the extremely high level listening skills are exciting developments to observe in Mabry Orchestra students.

3. How did you get the opportunity to teach orchestra?
- I got certified to teach K-12 instrumental music in college but planned on a performing career. After I left the US Army, I was playing a lot in the Atlanta area and in regional orchestra in the Southeast US. Freelancing is not very lucrative, and my wife and I had our first child and didn't want to leave the Atlanta area. We both applied for teaching jobs in the Atlanta area and, luckily, ended up in Cobb. I originally applied for a band director position, but orchestra was all that was open in Cobb at the time. I was offered a position and took the orchestra director job at Nash (Campbell) MS in 1993. After 5 years there, I taught at Dodgen for 3 years. This is my 5th year at Mabry.

4. What is your favorite instrument to play?
- My major instrument, and the instrument I play professionally, is the French horn, and of course, I love playing it. I also enjoy playing the guitar. It's easy to get pretty good at and very portable.

In 8th grade you could have guitar techniques class. This is just a normal connections class that is nine weeks. The orchestras will combine to be one large orchestra.

These teachers will help you to explore your music ability. You do not even have to be able to read music. You will receive a form at the beginning of school to sign up for these specific groups. Band is supposed to last through the duration of your middle school years, but you can quit if necessary. Is there a viola in your future?

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