Doherty High School band program has 120+ students enrolled. We offer many opportunities and ensembles for students to participate in, including Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Jazz Band, Pep Band, Percussion Ensemble, Color Guard, and Small Ensembles. We have a strong tradition of providing a positive learning experience with the thrill of competition. Our members have the opportunity to learn musician skills as well as life skills, such as hard work, dedication, self-discipline, self-motivation, group dynamics, and teamwork. As the individual learns and masters their responsibility, the whole team shares in the accomplishments.
That is what we have here at Doherty; a team. However, the competitive focus is not on winning, it is on the product. One of our sayings goes: Be better. Better than yesterday, better than last week, better than last year. With the focus put on the product and improvement, students can enjoy the process of learning, whether it is on the marching field, in the basketball stands, or on the concert band stage. However, we are constantly pushing to see just how much improvement we can get!
Whether we are spending hours and hours practicing, participating in fundraisers, going on bus trips to performances, or just hanging out in the band room, there is a sense of loyalty to the program. Not only do we have great band students, we have great young men and women that are interested in being a part of something special. At Doherty, we have that something special.
David Williams is currently the band director at Doherty High School, where he began teaching in 2004. After graduating from Papillion-LaVista (NE) High School in 1996, he attended Hastings College. David received his Bachelor of Music in Education and Saxophone Performance in 2001. His first teaching job was in Sterling, CO, where he was one of only two band directors in the district. David started teaching at Doherty High School in 2004, and has been the band director there since. In 2008, he was awarded the Arts Business Education Consortium award. David received his Masters of Music from the American Band College at Sam Houston State University in 2010. In the spring of 2015 he was nominated by students and received the Diamond Award. David was selected by the Doherty Student Council and Cabinet as the Homecoming Recipient in fall of 2015. In 2017 he received the Crystal Apple Award for District 11. He is a member of NAfME, CMEA, CBA, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and is an honorary member of the I.T.S. Troupe 2242.
David lives in Colorado Springs with his wife, Leslie, who teaches dance and theater at Liberty High School. They have two beautiful boys, Dillon (b. 2008) and Lucas (b. 2011). David enjoys competing in triathlons, hiking, riding his motorcycle, watching movies, and spending time with his family.
Darren was a member of the World Champion Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps from 1995-1999 where he was a tuba player, section leader (1997-1999), and Horn Sergent (1998-1999). He was also a visual staff member of the 2005 Spirit of Jacksonville State University Drum and Bugle Corps, and has been on staff of the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps as the Tuba instructor.
Darren owns and operates Peak Drill Design, a marching arts design company that provides drill-writing service and design consultation for bands in Colorado, Texas, and Missouri.
Darren enjoys golfing, cheering on his Minnesota Vikings (even though they generally aren?t that good), and running long distances.
SCHOOL FIGHT SONG
D-O-H-E-R-T-Y, We are the Doherty Spartans!
As our team goes marching onward, on to victory,
Fight, Fight, Fight!
V-I-C-T-O-R-Y! That is our battle cry!
Go, Fight, Go, Fight, Win!
Go with the Blue and Green!
We are the Spartans
And we always pass the test.
Spartans will lead the rest
And prove that we’re the best.
Onward to conquest
The victory assured! Go! Go, Fight, Win!