About me I live in Parker and since 2009 I have been the K-12 music teacher for Elbert School District #200 (now in my 11th year). Prior to moving to Colorado in 2009, I spent 14 years teaching …
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I live in Parker and since 2009 I have been the K-12 music teacher for Elbert School District #200 (now in my 11th year). Prior to moving to Colorado in 2009, I spent 14 years teaching middle school and high school band in Wisconsin (my native state) and Minnesota. I am married to my wife, Angie Goodger, and we have a dog named Jaxson. He is a Dachsador, which is a Black Lab/Dachshund mix.
Conducting the Castle Rock Band
The Castle Rock Band is our local town community band founded by retired Douglas County band director and local historian Kent Brandebery in 1999. Kent directed the band through 2008. The band is a real old-fashioned “town band” patterned after the original Castle Rock Band that existed in the early 1900s. We are an all-volunteer group of amateur musicians (high school through senior citizens) who enjoy playing a mixture of traditional and modern music.
There are no auditions and there is no cost to join the band, and we welcome new members in all sections! Monday night rehearsal space is donated by Faith Lutheran Church, 303 Ridge Road in Castle Rock. Our yearly schedule runs from early March to early December and typically includes four summer concerts and an annual Christmas concert.
Over the years we have performed at events such as the Douglas County Fair & Rodeo and the Castle Rock Starlighting Festival and at venues including the Castle Rock Community Bandstand at the Philip S. Miller Library, Festival Park, the Amphitheater at Philip S. Miller Park and the Outlets at Castle Rock. To contact us, email to CastleRockBand@aol.com and our website is castlerockband.com.
Joining the band
In 2011, while living in Castle Rock, I learned of the group and attended the first rehearsal of the season, intending to play my saxophone. Ironically, the band was looking for a new director and before I knew it, I was rehearsing the band through “The Star Spangled Banner.” From that night on I’ve been waving a baton in front of the ensemble and making music with wonderful friends and musicians. We’re serious about the art of music and its impact on our lives, yet there is a strong lighthearted camaraderie throughout the group that makes it easy to welcome new members. It’s such a thrill when someone joins the band after a long hiatus from playing an instrument — sometimes 20, 30, or even 40 years. It’s kind of like reuniting with a long-lost friend.
My other hobbies
As a native “Cheesehead” I am an avid Green Bay Packers fan — in fact I’ve been a season ticket holder for 28 years. I enjoy bicycling on the local recreation trails and summit hikes along the Front Range and in Rocky Mountain National Park. I am also the lead alto saxophone player and director of the Mile High Big Band.
A favorite quote (attributed to Vince Lombardi) I have posted in my Elbert music classroom reads, “Always pursue perfection, because we’re bound to catch excellence along the way.”
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