• Hello ! Welcome to Wells, G!

    Name: Gerard Wells
    Email Address: gwells@marsd.org

    Let me introduce myself, my name is Gerard Wells and I am the Band Director for 6th, 7th and 8th grades and Jazz Band.  I have been teaching in the MARSD since the fall of 1995. I feel very strongly about music and it's impact on us as individuals and in society.  As a kid from Cliffwood I know what an impact music has had on my life from when I started playing trumpet in 4th grade back in 1981/82 (if you do the math you'll figure out my age).  This beautiful artform has taken me and many others from our area to places many dream about!  I look forward to meeting you and working with you this year.

    Parents and students please feel free to email me with any question and concern, gwells@marsd.org.
    Music/Band Parents - please make sure your email address is up to date on the district parent portal.  I will at times send out notifications to keep you informed of our classes.
    Google Classroom - Your child has been automatically added to my Google Classrooms.  The student check check their Classroom for important information ranging from assignments and concert information.
    Why We Teach Music
    Music is scientific
    It is precise, specific, and demands accurate acoustics. A conductor's score is a complex chart that indicates frequency, intensity, volume, melody, and harmony, all at once.
    Music is mathematical
    It is rhythmically based on the subdivisions of time into fractions that must be calculated, interpreted, and applied instantaneously.
    Music is foreign language
    Most of the terms are in Italian, German, or French, and notation is a highly developed kind of shorthand based on symbols that represent ideas.  The semantics of music is the most complete and universal language known.
    Music is history
    It reflects the environment and times of its creation, including the cultural and social values.
    Music is physical education
    It requires exceptional coordination of fingers, hands, arms, lips, cheeks, and facial muscles.  It also takes extraordinary control of the diaphragm, which in turns uses the back, stomach, and chest muscles.
    Music is philosophy
    It demands research and develops insight and perspective.
    Music is art
    It allows a human being to take dry, boring, and often difficult techniques and use them to create emotion.
    Music is the human experience
    Music pieces are as complex and varied as life itself.  Music inspires thought, reflection and emotion-- much like human relations do.  Rhythm and tone simulate moods-- such as joy, sorrow or anger.  Music relates to us the stories of human experience.  We do not teach music because we expect you to major in music or become a professional musician.  Nor do we teach music because we expect you to play or sing all your life (although you might).
    We teach music so you will recognize beauty.
    We teach music so you will have more compassion.
    We teach music so you can be fully human.
    Band Class 
     Instruments for Band - It is expected that students will come to Google class meets with the appropriate band instrument to be sucessful in the MAMS Bands.  If you are needing to rent, please take care of your rental as soon as possible.  One company I recommend is NEMC, NEMC.com.  Several rental companies will take care of your rental needs on line.  Due to policies for students/adults entering the building, rental companies may not be permitted to drop off rental instruments at the school building.

    MAMS Band Concert Schedule 2023/2024

      MAMS Bands' Winter Concerts

    Tuesday, December 12th 2023 - 6th Grade Band & 7th Grade Band Concert

    Wednesday, December 13th 2023 - Jazz Band & 8th Grade Band Concert


    MAMS Bands' Spring Concerts

    Tuesday, May 14th 2023 - 6th Grade Band & 7th Grade Band Concert

    Wednesday, May 15th 2023 - Jazz Band & 8th Grade Band Concert






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Last Modified on November 30, 2023