Meenakshi Sathish and Taylor Tyson
Meet Mr. Daniel Jarvis, band teacher at Apex High School. Originally from Thomasville, North Carolina, “kind of near Greensboro, High Point, and Winston Salem,” Jarvis was a well-rounded child “who played baseball and basketball growing up.” In high school, he was a “fairly popular” trumpeter who “had a lot of acquaintances.” He went to the University of Kentucky for his undergrad and “is currently working on a major in Conducting at the American Band College.” Prior to coming to Apex High School, Jarvis “taught High School Band at West Oaks High School for four years,” as well as teaching “band and choir” at West Central Davidson High School.
Marching band competition season is coming up, and Mr. Jarvis has high hopes for the band. As the band director, he also runs the Apex High Marching Band. This year’s theme is My Spanish Heart (previously chosen by ex-Apex band teacher Mr. Rowe), which is a very fun, Latin-flavored show with “a love theme intermingled… which travels throughout the show”. So go support the AHSMB with their show at competitions or during any varsity football game at Apex High School.
Having been very close with his band directors, especially his high school band director, he grew to appreciate the art of music and the teaching profession. The reason Mr. Jarvis wanted to be a teacher is because he “wanted to teach people about music.” A lot of the things he teaches his students today are what he learned from his high school band director who was “like a second father” to him. Many other teachers, aside from music teachers, have taught him about life and are his inspiration to become a teacher.
Jarvis, alike to his past influences, wants to prepare his students for life with music. He states, “There’s a lot about life you can learn from being involved in band,” i.e. “teamwork, dedication to a common goal, time management, working hard for an end result.”