2023-2024 Band Ensemble Registration
STEP ONE: Choose a Fall Semester Band Ensemble
- Marching Band (color guard should sign up for marching band)
- Fall Concert Band
STEP TWO: Choose a Spring Semester Band Ensemble
- Spring Concert Band
- Symphonic Band (audition required)
OPTIONAL: Year-Long Ensembles
- Advanced Jazz Band (audition required)
- Intermediate Jazz Band
- Unified Percussion Ensemble
OPTIONAL: Other Music Electives
- Rap Composition
- Drum Set
- AP Music Theory
- Music Production
- History of Rock & Roll
- Guitar 1 & 2
- Beginning Keyboard
- Orchestra A (Beginning Instrumental Ensemble for anyone who wants to learn a new instrument)!
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LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR BAND ENSEMBLES BELOW
Mead Mavericks Marching Band
MU1008 - Fall Semester
- The Marching Band is the center and heart of our program! Our performance schedule includes home football games, Longmont and Mead parades, two marching band festivals, community events, and more!
- Students in this ensemble are able to waive part of their PE graduation requirements.
- Marching Band Trips! The Mead Mavericks Marching Band has traveled to perform at Disneyland and New Orleans. Typically, the group travels in state annually and out of state every other year.
- No audition required to enroll. Percussionists will audition for instrument placement.
Jazz 1 (Advanced)
MU1203 - Year Long
- Our advanced jazz ensemble.
- Traditional jazz band instrumentation only.
- Four concerts throughout the year plus community performances.
- Performs at the UNC Jazz Festival or Skyline Jazz Festival annually.
- Students in jazz band are also required to participate in concert/symphonic band.
- Audition required.
ABOUT THE DIRECTORS
Abby Koehler, Director of Bands
Abby Koehler holds a Bachelors degree in Music Education from Penn State University. Following her graduation, she earned a Professional Performance Certificate program in trombone performance also from PSU. She began teaching in SVVSD in 2019, and is currently a music educator at Mead High School.
While at Penn State, Ms. Koehler was involved in various ensembles including the marching Blue Band, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Philharmonic Orchestra, Oriana Singers, Centre Dimensions jazz band, trombone choir, and the graduate brass quintet. While completing her first year of teaching in Pennsylvania, Ms. Koehler was also a part of a British style brass band.
During the 2020-2021 school year, Ms. Koehler was nominated and selected as a semifinalist for teacher of the year at Mead High School.
At MHS, Ms. Koehler teaches band classes, AP Music Theory, History of Rock and Roll, and Guitar 1 & 2. She has also directed the pit orchestra for the spring musical.
Ms. Koehler is a member of the Colorado Music Educators Association and National Association of Music Education.
When not teaching and playing trombone, Ms. Koehler enjoys reading, running, and spending time outdoors.
Gideon Matchey, Assistant Director of Bands
Born and raised in the Midwest, Gideon Matchey holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Luther College where he Majored in Music and Minored in K-12 Music Education. Since graduating in 2017, he taught Band in Iowa before moving on to teach 3-12 Band and Orchestra in St. Paul, MN. He graduated from Colorado State University in May 2023 with a master’s degree in Music Education with a Composition specialization. Gideon became the Assistant High School Band Director at Mead High School in the Fall of 2023.
Gideon's musical experiences include private lesson instruction on all band and orchestral instruments for multiple grade levels. He has performed regularly in collegiate and community ensembles and was an active member of the Crosstown Community Band based out of Minneapolis, MN. He later took on the role of Director for the Band in August of 2019. Since moving to Fort Collins, CO, he has composed an array of new works for Band, String Orchestra, and chamber ensembles. Gideon regularly collaborates with musicians and music directors alike and takes every opportunity to work directly with student ensembles.
Gideon's research interests at CSU included student musical preference, subjective meaning in musical works, student motivation for participation in music ensembles, and Covid-19’s effect on school music ensembles. His compositional interests largely revolve around meeting the educational needs, instrumentation, and performance ability of school music ensembles.
Outside of teaching or writing music, Gideon enjoys spending time with friends, Dungeons and Dragons, exercising, cooking, being active outdoors, and engaging in new experiences whenever he can.