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APOLLO-RIDGE: New music teacher welcomed at school

by VICTORIA QUERRY, EMMA RAMETTA and MADISON CUP, Gazette Student News Reporters on November 02, 2012 10:45 AM

SPRING CHURCH -- Here at Apollo-Ridge Elementary School, music is a very important step in our learning process. We have a new face in our music department this year. Don Varoula is our new elementary band instructor. He is also the high school, middle school and marching band director. He is very kind and patient with all band students and encourages us to practice every day.

Mr. Varoula gives new challenges every week to each and every student. Janie Fryer, a first-grade teacher and former drum major in Varoula's Apollo-Ridge High School marching band, said it was fun to attend all of the Friday night football games and act as a leader. She also thinks it is important that all students attend positive after-school activities.

"Music is a part of everything we do," says Varoula. "It is on the radio, it is whistling when you're happy, it is tapping your foot on the ground."

In order to prepare to be a band instructor, Varoula took private lessons for many different instruments. His first and main instrument is the French horn. He has been teaching band for 37 years. Some of the improvements Varoula has for the band program are more rehearsal time, and he wants to get more interesting music for his students to play.

Band is a fun and creative way to express your feelings. Music is important in our everyday lives as well. All of the students in the Apollo-Ridge Elementary band love being in band.

Thank you, Mr. Varoula, for giving us this wonderful experience.

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