Bradley Mariska, Farmington High School’s newest band director, hit the ground running in mid-July and has been working alongside co-director Erin Holmes to ensure the 2016-17 band program gets off to a strong start. Mr. Mariska holds a B.A. in Music Education from Buena Vista University and an M.A. in Music History and Literature from the University of Maryland. He comes to Farmington by way of Austin High School in Austin, MN where he served as the Director of Bands for four years. During that time he increased enrollment in the band program by 40% and wrote his own AP Music Theory curriculum. Outside the high school setting, he is a low brass instructor at the MacPhail Center for Music and the State Membership Chair for the Minnesota Band Directors Association.
It is already evident that Mr. Mariska brings both knowledge and passion to the FHS instrumental music program. Although the first day of school is still a few weeks away, Mr. Mariska has spent a significant amount of time getting to know Farmington students. He worked with them during the annual Tiger Marching Band camp in early August and helped lead them through their first performance of the season at the Dakota County Fair. “I am very excited to be part of the Farmington Area Public Schools and FHS family! In partnership with co-band director Erin Holmes, I look forward to continuing the many great traditions at FHS as well as implementing many new events in the coming year,” he wrote.
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