Meet the directors

Mr. Brad Dubbs, Director

296-4871 (ext 35066)

dubbsbrad@gmail.comEducation: Bachelor of Music Education, University of New MexicoYears of Experience: 21 years of teaching middle and high school students in Las Vegas, NV and various New Mexico schools, including: Jackson Middle School; Rio Rancho High School; Manzano High School; and Eldorado High School (for the past 6 years)

FROM THE DIRECTOR

Parents and Students,

Welcome to the Eldorado Band! I hope everyone had a great summer and is ready to start another school year. I would like to welcome our new students and families to Eldorado and to our band program. The Eldorado Band has had a tradition of excellence for years and we are thrilled you are a part of it!

I am an Albuquerque native and a graduate of the University of New Mexico…GO LOBOS! I am beginning my 22nd year of teaching and my 7th year as Director of Bands at Eldorado High School. In addition to being the director of bands at Eldorado, I am a clinician and adjudicator for bands and districts across the state in both concert and jazz settings. I also play trumpet professionally in and around the Albuquerque area. I have been a member of the Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra for 26 years, performed with the NM Philharmonic, and have performed with such artists as Johnny Mathis, Wayne Newton, The Four Tops, The Temptations, and play for Broadway productions that travel through Albuquerque.

Several keys to our success at Eldorado are individual responsibility with musicianship and academics, maintaining a positive attitude, and helping one another. Many students also take private lessons and audition for All-State and Jazz All-State. We highly encourage everyone to try to do these types of things. Please ask for assistance if you need help with any music or help in any of your classes. Many people will be there to help you. Communication is also very important. Make sure that everyone understands and has read our handbook and calendar. Performances are required, and everyone must know the start and end times of all events.

I look forward to working with all of you this year and am confident that we will have another successful year with the Eldorado band.

See you at band camp!

Mr. Dubbs


Steve Snowden, Assistant Director

scsjrtuba@msn.com

Education: Bachelor of Music Education, University of New Mexico; Master of Music Education, University of New MexicoYears of Experience: Music clinician and drill instructor at area schools for more than 24 years; member of the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps; teacher at Cibola HS, Polk Middle School; Band Director at Jackson Middle School and Assistant Band Director at EHS for 16 years.

FROM THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Dear Students and Parents,

Welcome, or welcome back as the case may be, to another exciting year in the Eldorado Band Program! Marching band is unlike anything that any of the Freshmen have ever experienced before. You may feel overwhelmed at first. Don’t worry! It is normal and completely expected for you to have those feelings. Remember that everyone, including your fellow section members, section leaders, staff, and even your directors were once in your position and that we are all here to help you and the entire band improve and succeed!

I have had many performance and teaching experiences directly related to marching groups outside of the public-school setting: including marching with the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps and being on staff with the UNM Spirit Marching Band. I look forward to sharing those experiences with the group. While earning my undergraduate degree at UNM, I performed in the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Jazz band 1 and Jazz band 2. With the Spirit Marching Band, I served as section leader for 4 years and also as a drill writer and staff member for one. In addition to those duties, I ran the Soundpack Basketball Band for the Lady Lobo Basketball games. I earned my Master’s degree in music with an emphasis in education in December of 2008 from the University of New Mexico.

We will gauge success of the marching band by looking for improvement with every performance. This goal can be achieved by carefully evaluating each performance and having focused rehearsals to address concerns.

I am excited for another year at EHS! I am starting my seventeenth-year teaching here at Eldorado High School, and my eighteenth year of teaching overall. In addition to my duties as the assistant band director at EHS I am also the band director at Jackson Middle School.

Remember to bring the following very important things to band camp: Water, sunscreen, good athletic shoes, an open mind, energy, and most importantly, A POSITIVE ATTITUDE.

See you at Band Camp!

Mr. Snowden