Dear band students and parents,
WELCOME to one of the most exciting experiences of which you can be a part of – THE BAND! Now, more than ever, we have information to justify why we do this demanding, yet rewarding activity. Experts have concluded that the study of music helps with spatial reasoning, test taking, and overall quality of life! Factor in social skills, emotional development, leadership training, group interaction, aesthetic perception, music making, discipline, and you have a powerful equation for SUCCESS. The ultimate goal is a lifelong understanding and appreciation of music and music making!
2017-2018 will be full of successes for our students. In all areas of the program, we hope to see growth and indications that our program will only continue to prosper. We are looking ahead to some wonderful opportunities for the coming year. In addition to some wonderful performance opportunities, we have some projects that are in the works. Some of these include remodeling the music library, rearranging the band room, acquiring new music stands, new chairs, creating more storage space for percussion equipment, digitally archiving band pictures, and creating a complete digital inventory of all of our equipment.
Parents, please take time to review the advocacy page of the National Association of Music: (http://www.amparents.org/resources/resourcesadvocacy/). This web page has many wonderful resources to help you understand your role as a music parent and what you can do to support our efforts. Students need to know that we support and understand what they do in music. Being informed and knowledgeable is the very first step.
I want to affirm my commitment to developing and growing the band program at CAK. Additionally, I am committed to developing Christ-centered musicians, life-long learners, student leaders, and a program that will be both a family and a community. I am blessed to be here at CAK and I do not take my job for granted. I will pray for your children and care for them as my own, vowing to always be there for them when they are in need. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or if I can be of assistance to you. I am honored to be your band director and I am looking forward to a great year!
About the Director:
Daniel (Danny) Mull is the new Director of Bands at Christian Academy of Knoxville, joining the faculty in July of 2016. Mull is a native of Hayesville, North Carolina and is a graduate of Western Carolina University. While attending the School of Music, the College of Fine and Performing Arts, and the College of Education and Allied Professions at WCU, Mull received his Bachelors of Music and Bachelors of Science in Education, magna cum laude, with a concentration in instrumental music. During his time at WCU, Mull participated in a number of musical ensembles including the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble, Concert Choir, Men's Chorus, and Shades of Purple Barbershop Quartet.
Mull is also a graduate of the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program and was selected in 2013 to be part of the Inaugural Marian Drane Graham Scholars Program. His professional affiliations include Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America, the National Association for Music Education, the East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association, and the Tennessee Music Education Association.