Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelors in Music Education Masters in Curriculum and Instruction

Mr. Darren Dukart

Mr. Dukart is originally from St. Paul Minnesota and is an fan of all teams Minnesota!  Mr. Dukart went to Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville where he obtained his Bachelors Degree in Music Education, with an certification to tech K-12 instrumental, vocal, and orchestral music. 

After teaching for 2 years in St. Louis, Missouri, Mr. Dukart headed west to the great state of Colorado!  Mr. Dukart was the director of bands at Woodland Park High School where he ran an award winning jazz band, 3 concert bands, marching band, pep band, winter color guard and winter drumline.

from 2015 - 2018 Mr. Dukart was a general music teacher in the Harrison school district where he taught beginning band, helped with the Harrison High School Marching Band and also directed many school musicals.

Mr. Dukart plays the trumpet, but has a passion for all instruments!

Mr. Dukart is married and has one son who UNFORTUNATELY goes to North Middle School (we are working on transferring him).  Mr. Dukart also loves to stay active by running various distance races from 5K's, to full marathons and all distances of triathlons.  Mr. Dukart has finished 4 full Ironman triathlons (140.6 mile races) and is currently training for Ironmans 5 and 6.

  • Distance Learning Update:

    Parents and students,

    I am actively working on updating my site to better serve your needs during these unprecedented times.

    More information will rapidly be disseminated as we all figure this out together.


    During this online learning time, you can reach me during my "Office" hours from 1:30 - 3:00pm every day online.


    Distance Learning Band Option:

    Musician Madness Tournament (Since there is no NCAA tournament this year)

    We will start with 32 composers in Round 1 (Broken into 4 regions)

    Each round will have two composers "pitted" against one another.  You will need to listen to the recordings from each composer and then select the composer/piece that you like the most. 

    Make sure that you listen to a good portion of the piece before you make your decision...sometimes the piece saves the best for last!

    During the first  2 weeks there will be 4 different files/brackets (North, South, East and West) so that you can do them on different days and it wont be too much for one sitting.

    During weeks 3 and 4 we will narrow it down to 2 files (brackets) for the same reason as weeks 1 and 2, but then each week afterwards will only have one file (bracket) to fill out.

    The winning composer, based on all choices from everyone, will advance to the next round!  We are starting with a 32 composer bracket and we will get down to the overall winner at the end!

    Weeks of April 6th and April 13th - East, West, North and South brackets (Round 1)
    Weeks  of April 20th and April 27th - East/West and North/South brackets (Round 2)
    Week of May 4th - Quarter Finals (Elite 8)
    Week of May 11th - Semifinals (Final 4)
    Week of May 18th - Finals (Final 2)


    Please click on the provided link to fill out each bracket.

    North Regional - Round 1

    South Regional - Round 1

    East Regional - Round 1

    West Regional - Round 1



  • School Closure updates

    Posted by DARREN DUKART on 3/13/2020

    As you know, District 11, along with all the other districts in the Pikes Peak region are closing campuses starting March 16th.

    No band assignments will be due during the week of online learning, however it is highly reccomended that all students take home their instruments, clean them out, and even keep up playing over this next few weeks.

    Here are a couple videos on how to clean your instruments safely from home.

    Woodwind Instruments:

    Brass Instruments:

    Thank you!

    Darren Dukart

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  • Mid-Quarter Check-in

    Posted by DARREN DUKART on 9/24/2018 12:00:00 PM

    Greetings from the director,

    I just wanted to send out an update from the band room.  We are full steam ahead for the October 18th concert, but a lot of work needs to happen for a successful concert.


    All students should be bringing instruments home and practicing their individual parts at home.  Remember, PRACTICE at home, and REHEARSE in the band room.

    With that being said, we need to do a better job of following our classroom procedures.  When the director (Myself or a guest director) is on the podium, you are not talking, not playing, and listening for directions.  When the director raises the baton, ALL instruments go up and ready to play (even if you start with a rest).

    The more effective the rehearsal procedures are followed, the better we can get as a band!


    Chair placements should be available on Tuesday, Sept. 25th, chair challenges will be announced and explained in another week.


    Thank you all!

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  • Welcome Back!

    Posted by DARREN DUKART on 8/20/2018

    Welcome back students!  Some important information to get us moving this year.

    METHOD BOOKS:  We are going to be using the "Essential Elements 2000" method book.  6th graders need book 1, 7th graders need book 2, and 8th graders need book 3.  Books can be purchased at either GRANER music or MEEKER music

    Percussion students need to rent a percussion "kit" from either GRANER music or MEEKER music.  The kit should include a pair of snare sticks, a pair of mallets, a snare drum, a bell set, and a practice pad.  Percussionists should leave the bells and snare drum at home to practice on and bring their sticks and practice pad with them to class each day.

    All students should now have an instrument of their own (rental or owned).  Students renting instruments from the school will be bringing home instrument rental agreements on Tuesday, August 21st.

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