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.
Francisco Borja-Prieto, Assistant Director of Bands
Francisco Borja is a conductor, clarinetist, and music educator based in the Denver Metro Area. Francisco holds a Bachelor's in Music Education and a Master's of Music in Wind Conducting from the University of Colorado Boulder, where he studied with Don McKinney.
Prior to studying at the University of Colorado, Francisco taught orchestra at Murphy Middle School in Plano ISD in Plano, Texas. Francisco’s teaching philosophy is driven by a commitment to student knowledge and musical quality
Francisco has performed and conducted internationally with ensembles such as the Honor Band of America, the WASBE World Youth Wind Symphony, and most recently as principal clarinetist of the MidEurope Festival’s World Youth Wind Orchestra Project. He also has participated in several conducting workshops with esteemed clinicians such as Jamie L. Nix, Craig Kirchhoff, H. Robert Reynolds, and Jerry F. Junkin.
Francisco Is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Longmont Concert Band, a nonprofit organization composed of volunteer musicians from the surrounding community, whose goals are to provide high-quality concert band music to the general public, to provide a fun and invigorating atmosphere for local amateur musicians to create music and to increase the sense of community in the local area by being active participants in local events. Francisco is also the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Flatiron Wind Ensemble, a chamber group made up of local musicians and teachers that perform in the Boulder area.
Outside of teaching and making music, Francisco enjoys playing board games with his wife, who also teaches band in St. Vrain, and hanging out with his cat.