I am Marissa Lee and I love teaching band! When I was in sixth grade, I watched the University of Washington marching band perform during a half time show. I was so impressed by their performance, that I knew I wanted band to be a part of my life forever. I graduated from Brigham Young University in Idaho with a degree in Music Education with an emphasis in Band. I did my student teaching in Idaho Falls, Idaho. There I worked with and taught high school band and choir, middle school advance, intermediate, and beginning bands, and sixth grade beginning band. After student teaching, I taught elementary music, choir, and musical theater for four years in Centralia, Washington. Now I have the amazing opportunity to work with and teach band to the amazing students at Holy Family School.
I brought the beginning band program to Holy Family School in the fall of 2019. In band class students have the opportunity to learn how to play the flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, trumpet, French Horn, trombone, baritone/euphonium, tuba, or percussion. We work out of the Accent on Achievement book, which is used in beginning bands around the country. Our band may be small, but we are mighty. Every student in my band class is so eager, determined, and enthusiastic to learn more and get better at their instruments. It is very rewarding as an educator to work with such a dedicated group. The ability to work with a small, passionate group enables us to make great progress. There is so much potential with where band is going here at Holy Family School. Students have shown an interest in forming a jazz band, a pep band, and an advanced concert band – all of which I hope can happen in the near future.
I am deeply honored to work with these students, and I look forward to the future of band at Holy Family School.