Mr. Mitchell Bahr has taught as a band director for 27 years. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Biola University and a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Southern Oregon University, he in his 22nd year at Foothill High School. Mr. Bahr teaches Band II, Band I, Jazz, Piano and Guitar. Previously, Mr. Bahr taught at Rancho-Starbuck Intermediate School in Whittier, CA.
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… After a lengthy interview, evaluation and observation process, he was selected by the California Department of Education and State Superintendent Tom Torlakson for the distinction.
Mr. Bahr is active in CMEA, serving as Vice President and 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. An active speaker, clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor throughout the state, Mr. Bahr was also recognized as a Public Broadcasting Service Outstanding Educator in 2014.
Mitch is happily married to Carmen (’95), with two wonderful kids: Isabelle (20) and Isaac (18).