Welcome!

My name is Nathan Dorrance and I am the 5-12 Band Director.  I am so excited to be here and share my knowledge with the students!  I am also excited for what the students can teach me.  I like to think of the band as my family and everyone plays an important role in the success of our group. I hold my students to high standards because it is required to have a good sounding band and to instill positive skills needed in the real world. We are always welcoming to add new members.  It is never too late to learn an instrument.

In the 2016-2017 school year, I taught Kindergarten through 4th grade at Minnewaska Schools in Glenwood, Minnesota.  I also taught private guitar and drum set lessons to 2nd - 5th grade students.  In 2016, I graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a Bachelors in Music Education K-12 Instrumental with a minor in Jazz Studies.  Being a good musician that has had experience playing in the real world is important for the development of the students in band.  I have performed in numerous ensembles some of which include: Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band I and II, Jazz Combo I, Symphony Orchestra, Brass Quintet, Big Time Jazz Orchestra and many others.  I have performed in many special concerts as well such as with the annual Nutcracker performance in Duluth with the Minnesota Ballet and members of the DSSO (Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra). I also have been fortunate to perform all over the Midwest and internationally.  I am very thankful to have had these opportunities and I hope to provide some excellent opportunities for my students as well.


Contact Information
Nathan Dorrance
Email:
Phone: TBD

Links:

Junior High Band Handbook 

Concert Band Handbook

How to Record Practice Time

Practice Records and Metalogs


Here is my current schedule:
 

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Period 1  8:25 am - 9:16 am - Prep

Period 2  9:20 am - 10:10 - Kindergarten/Grade 1

Period 3  10:14 am - 11:04 am - 5th/6th Band/Lessons

Period 4A  11:09 am - 11:59 am - Academic Intervention

Period 4B  11:59 am - 12:24 pm - Lunch

Period 5  12:28 pm - 1:18 pm - Lessons 7th/8th

Period 6  1:22 pm - 2:12 pm - Band 7th/8th

Period 7  2:16 pm - 3:06 pm Band 9th-12th

 

Wednesday

Period 1  8:25 am - 9:06 am - Prep

Period 2  9:10 am - 9:50 - Kindergarten/Grade 1

Period 3  9:54 am - 10:34 am - 5th/6th Band/Lessons

Period 4A  11:12 am - 11:52 am - Academic Intervention

Period 4B  11:52 am - 12:18 pm - Lunch

Period 5  12:22 pm - 1:02 pm - Lessons 7th/8th

Period 6  1:06 pm - 1:46 pm - Band 7th/8th

Period 7  1:50 pm - 2:30 pm Band 9th-12th


 

Contact: Nathan Dorrance