Ms. Achilles has studied at the University of Denver and Colorado State University. She also teaches marching band at Highlands Ranch High School. She has been playing the French Horn for 13 years now, playing gigs around Denver and teaching with a private studio. Ms. Achilles has been a part of the Blue Knight Drum and Bugle Corps for the past 2 years as trumpet section leader, and tours around the country in the summer, performing with them.
Ms. Grachek is the Music Teacher at Trailblazer Elementary, and recently graduated with her Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Florida State University. Ms. Grachek understands the impact an engaging music program has on the development of a well-rounded individual. She wishes to share the supportive environment she was fortunate enough to have through music with a new generation of students!
Mr. Naegele is entering his 20th year of teaching this year. In addition to teaching Band at Meadow View, he is on staff with the Colorado Honor Band Association, and is the Band Director at Parker Performing Arts School in Parker, CO. Mr. Naegele earned his Bachelor of Music Education from Kansas State University, and his Master of Music Education from the University of Missouri's (Kansas City) Conservatory of Music. Mr. Naegele has taught in Kansas, Oklahoma, Oregon and Colorado. He also served as the Director of Bands/Performing Arts Department Chair at Rock Canyon High School from 2006-2014. Mr. Naegele has been on the CHSAA Music Advisory Board and is a certified band judge with the CHSAA. He loves skiing and volunteering at the Colorado Model RR Museum in Greeley, CO.
Ms. Rafferty started her career as a violin teacher after completing her Bachelor of Arts in violin and psychology and her graduate certificate in the Suzuki Pedagogy, in 2015, at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music. She continued to refine her teaching skills by studying and receiving a certification in the body awareness method known as the Alexander Technique in 2016. Ms. Rafferty has been playing the violin for over 20 years and continues to perform for her company, A Musician Is..., as a solo performer and with community orchestras.
About Mr. Stroman
Mr. Stroman is excited to be part of the CVEIM program! A second-generation Colorado native, Mr. Stroman received his Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees from the University of Northern Colorado. He taught middle and high school band and orchestra in the Douglas County school district for thirty years. Mr. Stroman is a multiple recipient of the Who's Who Among American Teachers award and was a finalist for the 2010 Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. When he's not working with the GREATEST beginning band and orchestra students in the world and their teachers, he enjoys playing his trumpet, gardening and traveling with his wife.
About Ms. Webb
Ms. Webb is a native of Oregon, but has lived all over the U.S. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Saxophone Performance from Colorado Christian University and just completed a Master of Music in Saxophone Performance at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music. In addition to teaching at Soaring Hawk Elementary, she is the Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band Director, Choir Accompanist, and Music Academy Director at Lutheran High School. She has taught private saxophone, piano, and oboe lessons for several years and has served as a church music director.
When she isn't teaching, Ms. Webb performs as much as she can. She has performed with the National Repertory Orchestra, Arapahoe Philharmonic, Aurora Symphony, and the Lone Tree Symphony, as well as various jazz combos and saxophone quartets.