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Darin Faul has been the band director at Mountlake Terrace High School since January of 1998. Mr. Faul had just finished his student teaching at Washington Middle School in the Seattle School District and MTHS was his first job. Four weeks in to his time there, Jazz 1 and 2 both won their respective categories at the Clark College Jazz Festival and JE1 was the Sweepstakes Winner. Four weeks later Jazz 1 won their category at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and things have not slowed a bit since those first days on the job.
In his time at Terrace the program has continued to grow and flourish. His bands are consistently among the best wherever they perform and have traveled far and wide sharing their music with diverse audiences. Trips have included New York (4 times), Hawaii, New Orleans, Reno, California, Oregon, San Juan Islands, Vancouver, and Europe (2002) for 16 days. In 2000, Jazz Ensemble 1 was a featured performing group at the Washington State Music Educator’s Conference with special guest Allen Vizzutti. In 2002, they were awarded 4th place at the prestigious Essentially Ellington Competition in NYC. Mr. Faul has recorded 4 CD’s that have been released and has a collection of many other performances that may soon be made available.
The band program at MTHS has become very well rounded under Mr. Faul’s leadership. The program now boasts three concert bands and three jazz bands. Besides strong numbers in his bands, the quality of his teaching is evident in both the skills of his students and the strength of the recordings Mr. Faul has produced with his bands.
Mr. Faul is a native of Tacoma, WA. He attended Pacific Lutheran University for two years before traveling to Vienna, Austria where he studied for two years at the Institute for European Studies and the prestigious Vienna Music Academy. He graduated with honors from the University of Washington and holds a Bachelors of Arts (BA) in Music and a Bachelors of Music (BMEd) in Education from that university. He also has a Masters Degree (MA) in Curriculum and Instruction.
Mr. Faul, a trumpet player, has studied privately with Timothy Farrell, Richard Pressley, Josef Pomberger, Roy Cummings, and Don Lanphere, and completed his student teaching with Robert Knatt at Washington Middle School in Seattle. He is a member of Washington Music Educators’ Association (WMEA), Music Educators’ National Conference (MENC), and the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE).