Mr. Mitchell Bahr has taught as a band director for 25 years. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Biola University in La Mirada, CA and a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Southern Oregon University in Ashland, OR. Currently in his 20th year at Foothill High School, Mr. Bahr teaches the following courses at Foothill: Concert Band (Band I), Symphonic Band (Band II), the and The Club Cougar Orchestra (Jazz Band). In addition, Mr. Bahr teaches Piano, Acoustic Guitar, Drumline, the Jazz Combo and many additional ensembles. Previously, Mr. Bahr taught at Rancho-Starbuck Intermediate School in Whittier, California.
Mr. Bahr is a California State Teacher of the Year. This is an honor awarded to five public school teachers every year; regardless of grade level, subject area, race, creed, color, etc… Mr. Bahr was selected as the 2016 Shasta County Teacher of the Year. After applying for state consideration, he began the interview, evaluation and observation process…after which, he was selected by the California Department of Education and State Superintendent Tom Torlakson as a 2016 California State Teacher of the Year!
In addition, Mr. Bahr is active in CMEA (California Music Educator’s Association); speaking in Sacramento at Stand Up for Music Day and serving as festival host for the Redding Solo and Ensemble Festival. In 2020, CMEA recognized Mr. Bahr as the Most Outstanding Music Educator of the Northern Section. He articles on music education have been featured in The Instrumentalist Magazine, Bandworld Magazine, the Biola Bravo Magazine, the CTA (California Teacher Association) Magazine and several additional CMEA newletters and publications. Mr. Bahr is an active speaker, clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor throughout the state. He was also recognized as a PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) Outstanding Educator in 2014
In his spare time, Mr. Bahr enjoys spending time with his family. He is married to Carmen (1995) and they have two children, Isabelle (19) and Isaac (17). Besides family life and many musical endeavors, Mr. Bahr enjoys basketball, card games and the SF Giants!
Here’s an article from Mr. Bahr’s alma mater, Biola, about his award. http://magazine.biola.edu/article/16-summer/leader-of-the-band