Band & Orchestra
Mrs. Deborah Blake
I'm thrilled to be your BAND TEACHER!!! If you are reading this, that means that you're interested in BAND! Fantastic; this is going to be the beginning of a life-long journey of music discovery and joy! I am honored to be your guide through this ever-evolving, amazing, and fun class we call BAND! I teach at 5 schools:
1. Carver ES 2. Fremont ES 3. Freedom ES 4. Rudy ES 5. Wilson ES
I started playing the flute when I was 11 yrs. old. I was in 5th grade, like many of you. I had always wanted to play the flute, so I finally began. I loved everything about it. I naturally progressed through practice and lessons. In the summer, I began going to different music camps and festivals to learn more when school was out! Eventually, I earned a scholarship to The Interlochen Arts Academy, where I graduated high school. Next, I attended The Juilliard School in New York, New York, where I earned Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Flute Performance! I have studied with some great flutists, including Samuel Baron, Jeanne Baxtresser , Robert Willoughby, Nadine Asin, Alexander Murray, and Kenichi Ueda. After graduating, I freelanced in New York City, played under many famous conductors, played with many famous musicians. I also had the opportunity to play in many different places: Interlochen's Kresge Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Palais Garnier, Seoul Arts Center, and The Aspen Music Tent
Playing the flute and being in BAND also gave me the opportunity to travel the world playing my flute! I've been to The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, Korea, Italy, Great Britain, and Spain. I currently am the Principal Flute with the Pikes Peak Philharmonic, and I hope you all can come see me perform at the Ent Center for the Arts very soon!
I started teaching BAND in 2001 in Landstuhl, Germany for a DoDDS American school. We moved to Colorado in 2005, and I've been teaching BAND in D11 ever since! I have been teaching middle school BAND for 20 years. I am excited to start this new journey teaching Elementary BAND.
Mr. Raymond Bell
Mr. Bell teaches Orchestra/String at Carver Elementary and Wilson Elementary. He is a retired music educator having taught in the Albuquerque Public Schools, Harrison High School and most recently Sand Creek High School.
Mr. Bell is a graduate of Arizona State University with a Master's Degree from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.
Mr. Bell was born in the Phillipines where he lived for 10 years. He is married and has three adult children all of whom attended D11 schools: Carver, Sabin and Doherty.