Gilchrist is happy to join the Elementary Band and Orchestra Program after
retiring as Band & Choir Director at Ranch View Middle School. Prior to teaching at RVMS, she spent the
bulk of her career at Flood Middle School in Englewood, teaching band classes
with Mr. Don Shupe. She also
taught Choir, Theater, Guitar, and General Music. Ms. Gilchrist is an alumnus of Oklahoma State University,
where she was a member of the Cowboy Marching Band, the OSU Concert Band, OSU
Wind Ensemble, OSU Symphony, and the President?s Woodwind Quintet. Ms. Gilchrist was nominated for Teacher
of the Year while at Flood MS, and represented the faculty in Washington D.C.
when they won the National Blue Ribbon Schools Award. She was also the RVMS Apple Award nominee, and was selected
for a National Endowment of the Humanities summer program with ?Shakespeare at
the Mount.? Over her teaching
career, Ms. Gilchrist has helped bring the SCFD Arts Alliance Grant to her
middle school classes three times.
While Band is definitely her passion, she is a strong advocate for what
The Arts can do for students.
Mr. Hamaker is a veteran Douglas County Schools music teacher with over thirty years of experience teaching Band and Orchestra to young musicians. He is happy to be teaching Band at Pine Lane and Mammoth Heights. He loves the outdoors, especially while hiking, camping, running and bike riding!
Mr. Hamaker is committed to seeing the excellent elementary band and orchestra program in Douglas County continue despite the budget cuts that are impacting our schools. Music is an important element in our lives. Developing young minds can benefit from all the positive attributes that are nurtured through playing a musical instrument.
Mr. Pordesimo was born in Hastings, Nebraska, and began playing violin at the age of three through the Suzuki Method. Over the course of his 23 years of playing and 4 years of teaching, Mr. Pordesimo has studied with various teachers including Celina Boldrey, Kathy Hart, and Robin Walden. He has played professionally with orchestras such as the Danville Symphony Orchestra, Eastern Symphony Orchestra, and the Denver Pops Orchestra. Throughout high school, Mr Pordesemo taught at the summer music program for children in Quincy, Illinois. During his time teaching there, he led sectionals to students as well as played in the student orchestra. Mr Pordesimo was also an All-State Musician for both Mississippi and Illinois all throughout high school. He studied violin performance at Eastern Illinois University. Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with carpal tunnel and was forced to take a hiatus from music. After a couple years of physical therapy, he is now again performing. Mr. Pordesimo maintains a studio within the Denver area and is the orchestra director for Pioneer Elementary, Gold Rush Elementary, and North Star Academy.
Mr. Stahl began his musical journey in elementary school studying piano, cello, and percussion. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. During college, he toured Europe with the U.N.I. Wind Symphony. Following college, Randy taught elementary, middle school, and high school bands and orchestras for six years, including the last three years in Douglas County. He taught band and orchestra at Cherry Valley and Franktown Elementaries and band at Legacy Point Elementary, prior to teaching in the CVEIM program for five years, and then coming to the CHEIM program. He currently teaches lessons to students and adults on band/orchestra instruments, as well as piano. His active involvement allowed him to work with the Columbine High School marching band and winter percussion. Randy has performed with various groups, including the Quad-City Wind Ensemble, Colorado Wind Ensemble, and the P.R.O.P's percussion trio.
Ms. Wire believes that "A child who adds the study of a musical instrument to their life builds character, finds joy and develops a skill they will have forever." She feels fortunate to be able to help children along this path.