2020 Orlando Trip Info


Hello City High Band Family, 

My name is Aaron Ottmar and I will be serving as Director of Bands at City High School for the 2019-2020 academic school year. Being a part of City High Bands, you will learn and foster important life skills, actively participate in a creative outlet that is rewarding and fun, experience numerous memorable musical performances, make long-lasting and valuable friendships in a positive learning environment, and be a part of an organization that has been referred to as the "heartbeat" of City High. We are so glad to have you in our City High Band family and can't wait to get to know you better and work with you. 
In regards to next year, I wanted to update everyone regarding a couple of important items (please fully read all of this important information):
1) In case you had not heard, Dr. McReynolds is retiring from his position of Director of Bands here at City High at the end of this school year. Needless to say, he will be greatly missed from City High. As a former student of his, I can truly say that he has been a positive influence and made a difference in the lives of so many students (he certainly was influential for me wanting to pursue music education). His passion for excellence in instrumental music is truly remarkable and his success through the years here at City High is quite noteworthy (most notably, his Wind Ensemble's selection to perform at this year's IBA conference). Dr. McReynolds, we wish you all the best in your retirement and thank you for everything you did for City High Bands, City High School and for the greater Iowa City community. 
2) I want to officially welcome Mr. Mike Kowbel (koh-bull) to our City High Band family as Assistant Director of Bands. Mr. Kowbel is currently finishing his first year as Director of Bands at South East Junior High but has previously taught at the high school level at Monticello High School in Monticello, IA from 2015-2018. He reinvigorated Monticello's band program in all areas and was most notably selected to have the Monticello High School Concert Band perform at the 2018 IBA conference. We are excited to have Mr. Kowbel join our music staff here at City High! Please feel free to send him an email introducing yourself in addition to giving him a warm City High Band welcome:
2a) I wanted to inform you of the duties that Mr. Kowbel and myself agreed upon for the upcoming year: 
Mr. Kowbel:
Co-direct Marching Band/Pep Band
Brass Lessons
Wind Ensemble 
Freshman Concert Band
Jazz Workshop
Mr. Ottmar
Co-direct Marching Band/Pep Band
Woodwind Lessons
Percussion Lessons
Symphony Band
Jazz Lab
Jazz Collective 
Jazz Ensemble
AP Music Theory
Jazz Combo

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