Rock Canyon Elementary Instrumental Music


About the Instructors
Mr. Anema

At the age of 10, Mr. Anema wanted to play the saxophone like his Grandpa, but when he arrived to band class, there was already a surplus of saxes.  His Director insisted he instead play the trombone, and the rest is history as he has fallen in love with playing and teaching music.  Mr. Anema is a Colorado native who graduated with a B.A. in Music Education from Azusa Pacific University.  There he played in a variey of ensembles, led their NAfME Collegiate Chapter, and studied trombone under David Beatty and Alex Illes.  Currently Ethan is pursuing his M.A. in Education with a K-12 Music Endorsement at Western State Colorado University through a residency program at Powell Middle School.

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Mr. Dale

Mr. Dale is proud to be the Orchestra Director at Rock Canyon High School and is thrilled to be a part of the RCEIM program again this year!  

Mr. Dale was born and raised in Minnesota where he started Suzuki cello at the age of four.  He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he majored in Cello Performance, Music Education, and Musical Arts (with a Music Therapy concentration) and minored in Viola da Gamba performance.  Before moving to Colorado, Mr. Dale taught Orchestra for three years in New York and two years in New Jersey.  Prior to coming to Douglas County, Mr. Dale directed the Standley Lake High School Orchestra (JEFFCO School District) and taught beginning string lessons at seven of the elementary schools in the Standley Lake area of Westminster.  

Mr. Dale is a proud husband to his beautiful and talented wife, Julia, and is excited to be the father of an amazing little boy, Charlie, and his younger sister, Ellie.  In addition to spending time with his family, Mr. Dale loves Bach, baseball, the great outdoors, and his sweet dog, Fenway.

Ms. Davidson-Stanfill

Ms. Davidson is a veteran teacher with an expertise in beginning instrumental music instruction.  She has been teaching for over 20 years in various combinations of subjects, always including beginning instrumental music instruction.  Ms. Davidson started the RCEIM program eight years ago in response to District budget cuts and in response to many people requesting that a band and orchestra program continue.  Prior to that, Ms. Davidson taught Band at Buffalo Ridge, Redstone, Timber Trail and  Wildcat Mountain.  She was the Orchestra Director at West Middle School in Cherry Creek before coming to Douglas County.  She has taught band and orchestra, as well as guitar, general music and choir, in various schools, including Cherry Creek Academy and Jefferson Elementary School in Mesa, Arizona.

A professional clarinetist as well as an accomplished teacher, Ms. Davidson performs in the Denver Municipal Band, the Jefferson Symphony, the Colorado Chamber Orchestra, and in various other groups. She has two recordings, and has had some of her school music published as well as a book of Core Knowledge music lessons. 

Ms. Davidson earned her undergraduate music and teaching degrees from CU Boulder and her graduate music performance degree from Arizona State University.  She loves those exciting beginning years, when students progress from making those first (sometimes odd) sounds to being able to make music.


Ms. James

Ms. James is a violist who loves teaching elementary students!  She has been playing violin for fifteen years, and viola for 3 years.  Ms. James holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Northern Colorado, and just finished her Master of Music in Viola Performance from the University of Colorado. 

Ms. James has performed in numerous chamber music settings throughout her career, and has performed with many college and honor orchestras.  Her accolades include music honors, scholarships, grants, and study abroad.  Last Summer, she achieved a life-long goal of traveling to Italy to perform solo and chamber music. 

A native Coloradan, Ms. James loves playing for events and weddings throughout the State with the Concordia Quartet (as the violist), and as part of another chamber music pursuit, a string duo, R & M Strings, with husband and cellist, Eric James.  In her spare time, Ms. James loves reading, journaling, playing fiddle and jazz music, and cooking.

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Mr. Snell

Mr. Snell recently retired from Douglas County Schools after teaching middle school and high school band for 27 years. Mr. Snell has received the Who's Who Among American Teachers distinction five times.  Mr. Snell is also a five-time Apple Award nominee.  He conducted the Symphonic Band with the Colorado Band Association, 1990 - 2000.  Currently, Mr. Snell is Principal Conductor of the John Philip Sousa Band of Colorado.


Mr. Snell received his Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the University of Northern Colorado, and his Masters of Education Degree from the University of Colorado at Denver.  Mr. Snell is very excited to be a part of this great school (Redstone) and this outstanding program. 

Mr. Simpson

Steve Simpson has taught general and instrumental music in the Denver Public Schools for ten years and is a graduate of Northwestern and Regis Universities.  Mr. Simpson is an active professional musician (French Horn), performing for the Denver Center for Performing Arts ("Wicked" Summer 2015) and for the Colorado Ballet, among many others.


Mr. Stroman

Mr. Stroman is excited to be a part of the RCEIM program!  A second generation Colorado native, Mr. Stroman received his Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees from the University of Northern Colorado.  He taught middle and high school band and orchestra in the Douglas County school district for thirty years.

Mr. Stroman is a multiple recipient of the Who?s Who Among American Teachers award and was a finalist for the 2010 Apple Award for Excellence In Teaching.  When he?s not working with the GREATEST beginning band students in the world, he enjoys playing his trumpet, gardening and traveling with his wife.