Mr. Ahrens has been the Director of Bands at Bear River High School since the Summer of 2004. His duties include direction of the Marching Band, Pep Band, Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, and - beginning in 2014 - the Starlite Express Stage Band. Under his direction, the band program has maintained a high level of musicianship and pride earning numerous Excellent and Superior ratings at festival. It is his belief that everyone has a certain level of aptitude, or natural ability in music. And that endeavoring to develop that aptitude through the study and performance of music enhances and improves every other part of our lives.
Mr. Ahrens has played the horn since the fourth grade. He has a Bachelor of Music degree with emphasis in horn performance from the California State University at Northridge, a Bachelor of Music degree with emphasis in music education from the University of Utah, and a Master of Music degree with emphasis in instrumental conducting from the American Band College of Sam Houston State University. He has performed locally with the Sacramento Brass Quintet, the Sacramento Symphonic Winds, and the Resident Orchestra of Runaway Stage Productions in Sacramento as well as with other groups.
Mr. Ahrens maintains an active presence in the Music Education world online as well. He is a long-time contributer to the #MusEdChat Twitter collaboration group (@MrAhrens) and the Band Director group on Facebook. His music education blog "Sound Education" has received notice and praise from the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the Canadian Music Educators' Association (CMEA).