Cherry Creek High School Band Director Sara Wynes was named one of "50 Directors Who Make a Difference" by School Band and Orchestra Magazine. The magazine recognizes one band or orchestra director from each state every December.
“Sara is an outstanding band director and an even better person,” said CCHS Principal Ryan Silva. “She is kind, humble and talented, a combination that makes her a joy to be around.”
Wynes’ fellow CCHS Band Director Tim Libby, who received the same honor in 2016, agrees that Wynes is deserving of this national recognition.
“Sara Wynes is the ultimate professional,” Libby said. “She is a talented musician and her instructional style reaches all types of learners. Her integrity and consistency make it easy for her to develop trust and respect from her students and colleagues.
“I consider myself fortunate to have the opportunity to teach with Sara and I am a better educator as a result of observing her work with our students. She is without question a teacher who makes a difference.”
The CCHS band program includes Concert Band, Symphonic I, Symphonic II, Wind Ensemble, Jazz A and Jazz B, along with co-curricular music ensembles including Marching Band and Percussion Ensemble. These groups perform at school and in the community throughout the year and participate in competitions across the state, where they consistently earn top ratings and awards. They also perform nationally and internationally.
Here is the School Band and Orchestra Magazine feature on Wynes:
Cherry Creek High School/Campus Middle School
Greenwood Village, Colorado
Total Years Teaching: 17
What is your proudest moment as an educator?
My proudest moments are stepping out on stage at any performance with our bands at Cherry Creek High School. It is an absolute honor to stand in front of an ensemble that has gone through the preparation process and is ready to shine and inspire an audience. I am equally proud to step in front of the middle school beginning bands at Campus Middle School when the sixth graders have an opportunity to showcase their progress from square one to concert ready the first year of musical training.
How do you hope to make a difference in your students’ lives?
I hope that when a student works with me, they feel valued for their individual contribution to the musical ensemble and loved for who they are as a person. I hope that my warmth and care gives them a safe haven during their academic day. I also feel grateful to serve as an example for young ladies that look to me as a mentor and feel inspired to purse their passion without being held to gender-role stereotypes. I am proud to be one of the two women who have served as the President of the Colorado Bandmasters Association.
What’s the most important lesson that you try to teach your students?
Age does not determine musical success or potential. We are all responsible for our daily interactions in rehearsal. I strive to help students develop a level of collaboration that allows a creative space that is focused and motivating. The manner in which we carry ourselves, and the standards we hold ourselves to, musically reveal the pride we have for ourselves, our fellow musicians and the ensemble as a whole.