Meet your Music Teacher!!!
Hi! My name is Mr. Blake. I teach K-5 General Music, as well as Band and String Orchestra. This is my fourth year at Rogers Elementary, and my fifth year working for D-11. Before I started teaching, I spent 21 years serving our country in the United States Air Force as a full-time enlisted musician. I was stationed outside of Boston for 7 years, then in Germany for 4 years, and here in Colorado Springs for 12 years as a member of the US Air Force Academy Band. During my military career, I toured and performed all over the United States, Africa, Europe, and also deployed to Southwest Asia many times using MUSIC to inspire immediate, positive, and long-lasting impressions of the United States Air Force and the United States of America in the hearts and minds of audiences.
I was born and raised in upstate New York and earned a Bachelor’s Degree from The New England Conservatory and a Master’s Degree from the Juilliard School in New York City. My wife Deborah is also a Music teacher for D-11. Our daughter Madeline is at the University of Wyoming, while our twin boys Samuel and Ethan now attend the George Washington University in Washington DC, and the University of Colorado at Boulder.
I am so lucky to be here at Rogers Elementary and look forward to working hard, having fun, and doing extraordinary things with the students this school year. I consider all my colleagues here to be MY teachers in some way, as they are helping ME to help YOU grow and learn-We are so fortunate to have such an incredible and experienced staff to serve this community.