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Mike McCollor, Principal

1495 Rice Street, St. Paul, MN 55117

651-293-8830 | Get Directions

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360 Colborne Street, Saint Paul, MN, 55102

651-767-8100 | Get Directions

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  • Mr. March is from Minneapolis.  He attended St. Anthony Village High School and the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, where he performed in the Wind Symphony, Blugold Marching Band, and the Grammy-nominated Jazz Ensemble One, as well as the Trombone Choir, Symphony Orchestra, and the Two Rivers Brass Quintet.  

    You can find Mr. March in the trombone section of the Minnesota Symphonic Winds, and in various funk/jazz/ska, etc. horn sections.

    This is his sixth year working for Saint Paul Public Schools, and he was previously a Band Director in central Minnesota.  He currently resides in South Minneapolis. Beside playing trombone professionally in the metro area, Mr. March enjoys sports, camping, grilling, and spending time with his wife and two cats.

    Mr. March can be contacted at:

    (651) 293-8830 x43057

    OR 

    bradley.march@spps.org


    Music Is...

    A Science:

    It is exact, specific, and it demands exact acoustics.  A conductor's full score is a chart, a graph which indicates frequencies, intensities, volume changes, melody, and harmony all at once and with the most exact control of time.

    Mathematical:

    It is rhythmically based on the subdivisions of time into fractions which much be done instantaneously, not worked out on paper.

    A Foreign Language:

    Most of the terms are in Italian, German, or French, and the notation is certainly not English.  It is a highly developed kind of shorthand that uses symbols to represent ideas.  The semantics of music is the most complete and universal language.

    History:

    Music usually reflects the environment and times of its creation; often even the country and or racial feeling.

    Physical Education:

    It requires fantastic coordination of fingers, hands, arms, lips, cheeks, and facial muscles, in addition to extraordinary control of the diaphragmatic, back, stomach, and chest muscles, which respond instantly to the sound the ear hears and the mind interprets.

    Art:

    It allows a human being to take all these dry, technically boring (but difficult) techniques and use them to create emotion.  That is one thing science cannot duplicate; humanism, feeling, emotion, call it what you will.

     

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