ThunderRidge Elementary Instrumental Music
About the Instructors/Admin
Ms. Achilles is excited to be a member of the MVEIM/TREIM program this year! She is a recent graduate of the University of Denver, where she studied under Professor David Byrd-Marrow, and has been awarded her Bachelor of Music in Horn Performance. Ms. Achilles has been performing in different ensembles and venues around Colorado and California for the past eight years. Over the Summer, she studied and performed in Europe with the Berlin Opera Academy. When she is not teaching or performing, Ms. Achilles enjoys taking her dogs on hikes and learning new languages.
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, originally in the Rock Canyon in 2009, 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 in 2010, won the Macaroni Kids Best Music Lessons Award in 2014, expanded to include the Ponderosa, Mountain Vista and ThunderRidge areas in 2016, and won the Macaroni Kids Best Music lessons Award in 2016 and again in 2019. 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.
Mr. Henning holds a bachelor's degree in double bass performance, and a master's in orchestral conducting, both from Northwestern University. He led the orchestra and bands at Loyola University, Chicago, for 10 years, and conducted musical theatre pit orchestras for 18 productions over an 8-year period. A few favorite productions were Chicago, Damn Yankees, Les Miserables, The Mikado, and Cabaret. Having grown up in Denver, Mr. Henning moved back from his 30-year adventure in Chicago three years ago and joined the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra's bass section in January of 2019. Mr. Henning has two grown sons who are busy pursuing music careers of their own. He has also been running his own piano tuning business for 20 years and has been a Navy Reservist for the past 17 years as an aviation mechanic.
Mr. Nate has been pursuing versatility since the beginning of his path with music. As a performer, he continues to play both classical and jazz repertoire at the professional level, playing with quintets, big bands, and chorales. Recently, he finished a two year residency at the University of Northern Colorado as a member of the Rooftop Brass - the University's premiere brass quintet. As a teacher, he has been called to clinic bands on repertoire ranging from marching band to solo/chamber to jazz to classical pieces. In addition to joining the TREIM program, he is the brass instructor at the Lesson Studio in Boulder, CO. As a conductor, Mr. Nate has had the privilege to to conduct ensembles such as the UW-Platteville Symphonic Band and the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia men's choir, Men of Song. He has held the position of Music Director for two years in Platteville's local chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a nationally recognized music fraternity. Beyond the realm of music, Mr. Nate enjoys a number of different hobbies, including nature photography, cooking, and climbing.
Mr. Pierce is thrilled to be teaching the before school bands at Pine Lane Elementary and Coyote Creek Elementary this year. Prior to this year, Mr. Pierce served as Music Teacher and Music Director at Mountain Vista Home School Academy in Colorado Springs, where he taught music classes and directed the bands, orchestras, and other ensembles for 2nd through 12th Grade Home School students. Starting this Fall, Mr. Pierce will be pursuing his Masters in Conducting at the University of Denver, in addition to directing the band programs at Pine Lane and Coyote Creek.
Prior to moving to Colorado Springs, Mr. Pierce attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he studied tuba and music education. While at CU, he performed with the Golden Buffalo Marching Band (Go, Buffs!!!), Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony, and various jazz and chamber ensembles. Mr. Pierce continues to be an active performer today, recently appearing with the Chamber Orchestra of Colorado Springs, Colorado Brass Arts, and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center production of the musical "Barnum." While not playing, teaching or studying, Mr. Pierce enjoys spending time with his spouse, Erin, and their four-legged friend, Balto. Mr. Pierce is also an avid reader, a casual gamer, and an overall nerd.
Ms. Sidney is very excited to begin teaching in the MVEIM and TREIM programs! Growing up in Castle Rock, Colorado, Ms. Sidney began her musical journey in Kindergarten almost 18 years ago, playing the violin. She is a recent graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder, 2021, with two degrees (Violin Performance and Music Education). Ms. Sidney has maintained a private string studio for seven years, for violin, viola, and cello students, who ranged in skill from beginning to advanced. She worked summers at the Colorado Renaissance Festival as a fiddler throughout high school and college. In 2019, she studied abroad in Siena, Italy, for six weeks, studying chamber music performance. When not practicing her violin or teaching, Ms. Sidney loves playing with her new puppy, Aria, traveling, and watching movies.
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.
Hello to parents and students! I am a born and raised Wisconsin Native for 53 years! Florida has been my home for the last 7 years. Highlands Ranch, CO, is where I am living with my daughter currently. What a beautiful State! I began piano lessons at age 3 and joined the school orchestra in 4th grade with violin. Piano and violin have been a large part of my life from grade school to present. Lawrence University (a fine arts school) in Appleton, Wisconsin - Stevens Point has given to me equal to a Master's Degree. I enjoy teaching private lessons, orchestra classes, and also general music at Eldorado Elementary School this year. I have taught 4th - 12th grade Orchestra for 28 years in Wisconsin, Alaska, Florida, and now Colorado. I have two children (son and daughter), 1 grandson (age 4), and two little yorkies. I love tennis, golf, and attending such things as farmers markets, festivals, concerts, and plays.