Degrees and Certifications:
BME - University of Colorado at Boulder MME - University of Northern Colorado
Mr. Zach Brake
Mr. Zach Brake, M.M.E., is a band teacher for Mapleton Public Schools, where he co-directs the District Concert Band, teaches 6th grade beginning band at Meadow Community School, Explore PK8, Achieve Academy and York International, and serves as director of the Jazz Studies program, which includes the Mapleton Jazz Messengers and the Jazz Lab.
Mr. Brake has a Master of Music Education from the University of Northern Colorado where he was recognized as a distinguished music education graduate, and a Bachelor of Music Education, and a Certificate in Music Technology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, which was awarded with highest honors.
Prior to joining the Performing Arts team in Mapleton, Mr. Brake was the Director of Instrumental Music at Thunder Valley K-8 School for 5 years, where he directed the concert bands, string orchestras and jazz ensemble. While at Thunder Valley, his concert band received "Excellent" ratings at the Colorado Bandmasters Association Festival, and his jazz ensemble received "Superior" ratings at the Skyline Jazz Festival.
In 2015, he founded the Guerrilla Fanfare Brass Band, an active group which he currently manages and directs. He is a former member of the Fire It Up Brass Band, Gora Gora Orkestar and the Royal Street Ramblers. When he is not teaching or performing, Mr. Brake enjoys yoga, casual gaming, cooking, hiking and practicing. Mr. Brake feels fortunate to educate in Mapleton Public Schools.