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.
Ms. Rich is an ambitious and driven string educator from Arlington, Texas. She began playing viola at the age of 10 and benefited from numerous excellent educators in the Texas public school system. She was accepted with scholarship to the University of North Texas and graduated in 2014 with a Bachelors in Music Education. Ms. Rich has performed with the UNT Concert Orchestra, the UNT Opera (as principal), in several jazz and composition recitals, and for numerous weddings and private parties. Ms. Rich also maintained a private lesson studio of over 30 students while in classes full-time. In Lewisville, she served as an assistant director and was then promoted to Head Orchestra Director at Durham Middle School, where she taught her last two years before moving to Colorado to be closer to family. At Durham she maintained a thriving program of over 120 students and received superior ratings at state contest.
Rich believes that music can play a special supportive role in every child’s
development. She believes that
orchestra is a place where students should have fun, feel supported, and be
part of a family. Ms. Rich takes
pride in bringing the beauty of music to her classroom in an engaging and motivational
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.