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"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." -Aristotle

"I will teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music,
for in the patterns of music and all the arts are the keys to learning."-Plato


1/15 - Pep Band - 6:45 Call Time
1/16 - Workshop with JD
1/17 - Workshop with JD
1/22 - Jazz Night at 7:00pm - Jazz Ensemble 1 and Jazz Ensemble 2


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  Director's Corner - Darin Faul  



Please subsribe to the Band Google Calendar. It’s a good idea to check out the “Reminders and Notifications” for the calendar because you can receive emails when events are changed and/or added to the calendar.

  Music Booster Information - Paulina Neri, President   Donate

Paulina Neri
MTHS Music Boosters

Music Booster Board Members - Thank you for volunteering!

President - Paulina Neri
Vice President - Greg Walrath
Treasurer - Leslie McCullough
Secretary - Jerome Otis
Band Rep - Kara Oberstadt
Jazz Rep - Tom Leppich
Orchestra Rep - Heather O'Connell
Members at Large: Julia Bogle, Sherrill Leppich, Lisa Sumabat, Joey Sumabat, Ruth Rhodes, Beth Taylor, Baseer Neri


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Recommended Videos Praise for the MTHS Band Program   Student of the Week

"Once again, your students dazzled our parents and community members with their performances. We received numerous comments from parents on how much they enjoyed listening to the students perform and on how talented they are. Thank you to each of you for working with students to organize the performances for the evening and though thanks seems hardly enough – for the amazing work you do each day with our students." Erin Murphy

"My husband and I, too, thoroughly were blown away by your fantastic group! Good Luck with future performances. We look forward to trying to see your group again."

"Congratulations on stealing the show! Your band was amazing and the only one to get a standing ovation. (read more...)

"I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your band's performance on Friday night, and especially... (read more...)

"We just wanted to congratulate you and the members of Jazz Ensemble I on your phenomenal performance at Hot Java Cool Jazz. It was simply magical! (read more...)

Praise for the Fall Band Concert 2009
Praise for the Veteran's Day Assembly 2009




Auditions Listen and Watch   Grades and Grading

Auditions are held each year in April or May. These auditions are for only students that are not currently known to Mr. Faul (incoming 9th graders and transfer students). Currently enrolled students will be placed in the appropriate school ensemble based on their performance this year in their class. Click here for information about Auditions for the 2014-2015 school year.


You can listen to MTHS Bands and/or purchase audio recordings by the track or full CD's by CLICKING HERE.

Mountlake Terrace Jazz 1 on TV (KCTS)


Alfie Kohn vs. Dwight Schrute (Video)
From Degrading to De-Grading (Article)
The Schools Our Children Deserve (Video)
Diane Ravitch Lecture about NCLB and Educational Reform (Video)

My Grading bias:
“. . . a grade is an inadequate report of an inaccurate judgment by a biased and variable judge of the extent to which a student has attained an undefined level of mastery of an unknown proportion of an indefinite amount of material.” -Paul Dressel
Basic College Quarterly
Michigan State University, Winter 1957

  Recommended Music Links   Music Advocacy   Quotes
    "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." -Dr. Seuss



Wynton Marsalis: The Importance of School Music Programs
The Case for Music Education
Why Music Education Belongs in Public Schools
Why Music? (brain research)

Why Music Matters - Jack Stamp (composer/conductor)
Karl Paulnack Speech - "How Music Works"
Karl Paulnack Speech - Welcome Address given to incoming freshmen at Boston Conservatory (2004)

  "It gets to the point where the player, if he's going to be any kind of serious player, teaches himself."
-Bill Evans

"The Arts cannot thrive except where men are free to be themselves and to be in charge of the discipline of their own energies and ardors. The conditions for democracy and for the arts are one and the same. What we call liberty in politics results in freedom in the arts. A world turned into a stereotype, a society converted into a regiment, a life translated into a routine make it difficult for either art or artists to survive. Crush individuality in society and you crush art as well. Nourish the conditions of a free life and you nourish the arts, too." -Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1939

"The life of the arts, far from being an interruption, a distraction, in the life of a nation, is close to the center of a nation's purpose - and is a test to the quality of a nation's civilization."-John F. Kennedy