I was in WE & MB for 4 years at Fremont, and each year I became more and more fed up with Joe. He's a hard worker and can be a good person but honestly it was not worth the constant yelling & favoritism (I say this as a favored SL. Yes, he definitely plays favorites). Multiple students and parents have contacted the school with complaints over the years but nothing has happened. If you love music, you'll probably either just suck it up and deal with him or he'll completely ruin band for you.
Mr. Kelly is the most passionate teacher I have ever had. He geniuinely cares about the music program at Fremont and built it from almost nothing. He may yell from time to time but that only makes the band better. He cares about everyone almost like a parent. All the people who have given him bad ratings before and after this do not understand him well enough.These people were just too oversensitive and probably got their feelings hurt one day. Stay with the program and you will see he is great!
Mr. Kelly is probably the most passionate teacher I've had. He genuinely does care about his students and the band. He does have a tendency to get fired up, but doesn't hold long-lasting grudges. He can sometimes fixate on odd things, but he devotes much of his time, energy, and money towards the band. He's given me some of the fondest memories of my life.
Mr. Kelly teaches not only music, but discipline, which I find lacking in a lot of other programs. Even though I wasn't a hardcore band kid,I still think Mr. Kelly deserves more positive attention for the work he's put in. He's human like the rest.
Everything the person said about him are lies. Mr. Kelly is an amazing teacher
He is such a great teacher. He deserves more than the criticism people give him.
People never give him enough credit for all that he does. Yeah, he can be hard, and yeah he goes over the line, but he checks himself. He does it because he cares about the program so much. Yeah, I don't approve of him getting overly angry at students or taking it too seriously, but no one is perfect. Yeah, he might not be a perfect band teacher, or even a good one, but he tries his hardest every single day, which is more than most of the kids in the band.
Mr. Kelly has taught me so much in the past 4 years. No other teacher has ever made such a big impact on my life. Yes, there are days where it seems like he hates you, but I quote him, "Band director doesn't hate you." He doesn't hate you if he raises his voice at you. He justs wants every student to be their best. There's nothing wrong with that. I hate seeing students disrespecting him. Mr. Kelly deserves every single ounce of respect for this tremendous band program that he's helped build.
Mr. Kelly is a great teacher who deals with a lot of crap from his students, yet still manages to be such a great band teacher and holds up a great band program. If you all think hes mean and stuff, why dont you think of yourself first? There wouldnt be any yelling and getting angry if you all just did your work and be on top of things. I think Mr. Kelly is a great band director, and all of you hating on him should stop until you be him for a day. I'm done talking. Mr. Kelly, you're awesome, ok!
Temperamental man who also happens to choose favorites, albeit claiming not to. Stayed in the program for the joy of playing music...not to be yelled at by the Director.
He is too passionate, it is just band for Pete's Sake! It would be better if he just let the band have some fun and not get so uptight!
Mr. Kelly cares a TON about the music program; almost too much, and lets things get to him. His enforcement of punctuality and silence during rehearsal has helped me a lot in my future ensembles.
although some are saying that his bark is worse than his bite, which is true, his bark is pretty bad. if you enjoy getting chewed out, join marching band
his bark is worse than his bite. he's just a harmless geeky white guy. he wants his students to do their best, and not just in his class. he's an all around good guy. take band, you wont regret it.
He only wants the best for his students. He is a MARCHING BAND director after all, think of it as ROTC. You'll see he isn't that bad. He's actually really cool outside of class.
yells a lot but when he's not yelling he's rather cool. he just wants the best out of his students and yelling is his way of getting the best. he's my favorite teacher of all time.
So wat if he opinionated and hot temper, he good teacher and fun to be around with if u get on his good side. Try to joke a lot.
No matter what you say about him, you can't say he's not a good teacher. He's very clear about what he wants out of the students, and pushes everyone to do well
He can be the worst one when he is mad but when you get him mad enough his veins pop out and it is hard not to laugh
He made me feel like horrible person and instrumentalist by ignoring me half the time, unaware that I even had exsisted in the section...