Doane Academy Band
Upper School Band
The Upper School Band includes all brass, wind, and percussion instruments. Band members must be grades 7–12, own or rent their instrument, and demonstrate the ability to play the music in Book I of the nationally recognized band method. In the Upper School course schedule, Band is offered as an elective course, allowing the students to practice together five times a week. During this course, students study music theory, as well as learn to read and a play a variety of music, including, but not limited to classical titles, popular jazz and rock.
Lower School Band
The Lower School Band is optional for students in grades 4–6. Students receive individual or small group lessons once a week. The entire band comes together twice a week to practice. The band includes all brass, wind, and percussion instruments. Students learn to read and a play a variety of music, including but not limited to classical titles, popular jazz and rock. The Lower School Band performs twice a year, once at the holiday concert in December, and once at the spring concert in May.
About the Instructor
Born and raised in Hyde Park, New York, Adrienne Mazar moved to New Jersey where she fostered her love for music while attending Lawrence High School.
Mrs. Mazar is a graduate of The College of New Jersey with a BA in Music Education with a concentration on trumpet. Mrs. Mazar and her husband Mark have one child, a son, Shane.
Mrs. Mazar came to Doane Academy in 2010 after a very successful career in public school. As a High School marching band director she led her ensemble to two Group I USSBA Conference Championships. Her instrumental ensembles have performed in Salzburg, Florence (Italy), Preservation Hall, Epcot, on several cruise ships, and many other locations throughout the US.
Mrs. Mazar is a two time recipient of the distinguished New Jersey Governor’s Award for excellence in teaching. Upon her retirement from public school Mrs. Mazar was recognized for her commitment to education and dedication to the community with a special Resolution from the town of Florence dedicating November 6, 2010 as “Adrienne Mazar” day.
Mrs. Mazar currently teaches instrumental music lessons and directs the Lower School Band, Upper School Band, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion ensemble, Rock Band, and Pit Orchestra at Doane Academy. She is also the Director of the Fine and Performing Arts Department.
May 16, 2016
Saturday night, May 14th, our band greeted Philadelphia Soul fans at the Broad Street entry of the Wells Fargo Center. Playing there for close to forty minutes, the band was in turn greeted by Soul fans who stopped to take photos and video of our students playing and Adrienne Mazar directing. The Philadelphia Soul’s mascot, Soul Man, also “joined “the band for 3 songs. This portion of Doane’s performance ended with Miles Murphy conducting the band.
During the game, the band played 2 songs from their seating area, both times being shown on the big screen. Over the course of the game, several Philadelphia Soul employees and about two dozen fans approached to let the band know how well they played. All 8,505 fans in attendance gave Doane Academy a great applause after both of their in-game performances.
While attempting to “run out” the final seconds of the 65-58 win, Soul coach, Clint Dolezel called a play for the QB to throw the football into the band area for a souvenir. During an arena football game, any ball thrown into the stands can be kept by the fan like a baseball at a baseball game. Philadelphia QB, Dan Raudabaugh, tossed the final pass into the Doane Academy section…. and it was caught by band member, Adam Zieglar.
Later, Mrs. Mazar received an email from a fan letting her know what a great job she did, and how impressed she was regarding our student’s behavior. Mrs. Mazar and the band have every reason to be proud of the performance they gave to the fans, employees, and players of the Philadelphia Soul. It was a night to remember for all.
The television show, Impractical Jokers, which airs on TruTV, was also taping for an upcoming episode during the game. This hidden-camera series follows four lifelong friends -- Brian "Q" Quinn, James "Murr" Murray, Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano -- who take dares to an outrageous level. Since they were young, the quartet have challenged one another to do ridiculous dares in public. Doane Academy band members could be seen during the episode which aired August 4th, 2016 at 10 PM.