About the Instructors/Admin
About Ms. Davidson-Stanfill
Ms. Davidson-Stanfill is a veteran teacher with an expertise in beginning instrumental instruction. She has been teaching for over 25 years in various combinations of subjects, always including beginning instrumental instruction. Ms. Davidson-Stanfill started this program, first in the Rock Canyon area eleven years ago, in response to District budget cuts and in response to many people requesting that a band and orchestra program continue. Her program grew to include the Castle View and Chaparral feeder areas ten years ago, won the Macaroni Kids Best Music Lessons Award in 2014, expanded to include the Ponderosa, Mountain Vista and ThunderRidge areas six years ago, and won the Macaroni Kids Best Music Lesson Award again in 2016. She is excited to continue her collaboration with the Colorado Chamber Orchestra and to bring a quality program into the ThunderRidge feeder area again this year. Keeping the opportunity to play an instrument available to our kids is her top priority.
About Mr. Pordesimo
Mr. Smith is a Colorado musician, composer, teacher, and producer. He learned to love music from a young age through his father's guitar playing and his mother's singing. After singing in a children's choir and taking piano lessons, Mr. Smith enrolled in his fifth grade school band program, playing percussion.
Mr. Smith received his Bachelor of Music degree with a Concentration in Composition from Metropolitan State University of Denver in May of 2013, and graduated with honors.
Mr. Smith plays in local music groups and enjoys writing a variety of music ranging from contemporary classical to popular styles. He currently plays in a variety of rock bands, playing drums, bass, guitar, and singing. Mr. Smith is also a locally commissioned composer, having written pieces for local high school and community groups. He has also released two solo albums ranging in style from singer/songwriter to electronic.
Mr. Smith began teaching privately and with local high school groups in 2009 when he began his undergraudate degree. He believes that music is for everyone and that being involved with music can only improve a person's quality of life.
About Mr. Snell
Mike Snell recently retired from Douglas County Schools after teaching middle school and high school band for 27 years. During his time in Douglas County, his bands received numerous awards and traveled through the U.S. and Europe. Mr. Snell has received The Who's Who Among American Teachers distinction five times. Mr. Snell received his Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the University of Northern Colorado, and his Master of Education Degree from the University of Colorado at Denver.
Currently, Mr. Snell is on staff with the Colorado Honor Band Association, teaching Intermediate Band. Mr. Snell is also on faculty at Colorado State University, where he teaches Brass Methods in the Music Education Department. Mr. Snell is also the principal conductor of the Golden Eagle Concert Band, an adult community band. Mr. Snell is a lifetime member of the Colorado Bandmasters Association.
About Ms. Wessel
Ms. Wessel began her music career as a tot, and from there...she took music lessons in piano and voice and got involved in theater. She graduated from CSU in 2003 with a Music Education degree. Ms. Wessel was the general music teacher at Trailblazer from 2004 - 2016, and currently still teaches band before school and private piano and voice lessons after school out of her home. She also directs camps and classes through Inspire Creative at the PACE Center. She still proudly participates in community theater all over Denver, and is a proud wife to Matt and happy Momma to Lydia, Wyatt, and Daphne.