Team Member Spotlight

Team Member Spotlight
Posted on 04/23/2018
Teacher Josh Farris conducting band students.North Middle School band instructor Mr. Josh Farris was nominated by colleagues to serve as a Featured Team Member. This is Mr. Farris’ sixth year as Associate Director of Bands in Grain Valley. For his first five years with Grain Valley Schools, Mr. Farris taught percussion classes at South Middle School and band classes at North Middle School. Beginning this year, he is full time at North Middle School, where he teaches all band and percussion classes.

I teach band at the middle school level because I feel it’s an important subject where students can find a place to excel and belong every single day. I think learning any art form, especially music, provides students with so many tools they will need as they go through life. Things like dedication, perseverance, attention to detail, and confidence, just to name a few. Teaching these skills through music truly allows me to see students at their best on a daily basis.

My job as a band director gives me the unique opportunity to connect with students over the course of their entire three years in middle school, and my work with some of the high school ensembles allows me to see them grow as musicians and people for seven years! Watching students grow from sixth through twelfth grade is certainly a highlight of my position here in Grain Valley!

I came to Grain Valley because I knew this was a special place for music education. While the band program was already well established when I was hired, it was clear that there was still an incredible amount of potential for growth, and that is something that appealed to me very much.

I was also very impressed with support for the arts shown by the school district. Of course, after being hired I quickly saw how that is matched in every aspect of this district. From booming elementary school enrollment, to brand new technology and design programs in the middle schools, and of course the state of the art facilities in progress at the high school. It has been a real joy to see how successfully the district has handled the growth of the Grain Valley community.

I am thrilled to be nominated for this opportunity! I go to work everyday surrounded by fantastic people and dedicated educators, and still just feel lucky to be along for the ride! On that note, I want to add that any success I’ve had in my classroom is completely owed to the students of the GV band program. The trust they have in me and the work they put in everyday has allowed us to make some fantastic memories!
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