Very great teacher, he knows how to conduct and has a very good musical ear, he is a lot of fun and has good relationships with his students he likes to challenge us but in a good way a motto of his is, "dont be dumb"
If you are leaving Jeff Miller's dictatorship, Pat Holen's band class will shock you. It will take time getting used to his free flowing attitude but he is a great leader and has been learning more and more about music each year. You will need to have good practicing habits as it is not "required," yet he still expects his students to sound good. You will make great friends with him and your fellow musicians and if you're looking for more technical difficulty, try out for Jazz Band or Evergreen.
He is a really nice teacher who is fun but is actually poor at teaching. He can keep time but never actually gives advice on anything. And god forbid he give any initiative to fill out a form
he's a really great person, and has an awesome sense of humor. he doesn't really expect much from students, which is nice if you aren't that serious about band and just do it for fun, but it can be annoying if you are really serious about it and want to improve a lot. so if you have a laid back attitude towards it he'll be awesome, otherwise maybe not as serious as you'd like him to be.
Mr. Holen is a great guy and I've learned a ton from him....he's not the brightest bulb....but he's a nice person!!!!
doesn't really care about marching band and i dont think we practice it nearly enough
Mr. Holen is a great guy and a fun guy, but a terrible band director. He does barley anything to improve the bands sound, which is a terrible one, and demands almost nothing from your musically. You might get some pine lake alum's with tuners, but aside from that the band is out of tune, and tone quality is terrible. He does have a lot of things on his plate and a decent amount of stress, but he deals with it in an unhealthy manner and it leads to blowups and stupid/rash decisions.
Holen is...from Indiana. He's a strange person, but over the past many years, he's gotten better by leaps and bounds. The band is bigger and better than it ever has been, and that's due in part to Holen maturing as a teacher. He's finding new ways to get the band program as a whole (concert band/wind ensemble/jazz band/marching band) up and runnning in fun ways, and he's really doing a stellar job. He can be very short-fused, and albeit a bit childish at times, but you learn to love him.
What a pleasant person and energized my child in band. Not the most technical but gets the band involved and runs a great program.
he's a good teacher, and is working hard for the IHS and IMS band programs. He may not be the best teacher, but he's steadily improving. I've been his student for 6 years, and I've learned a lot. He is very willing to let his students try new things in class, and he loves all types of music. His sense of humor allows him to deal with the stresses of dealing with about 200 6-12th graders a day. I don't know if I would enjoy music as much as I do without him as a teacher and mentor.
Veryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy bad music teacher, and is only look out for what the district thinks of him. He is slowly improving though, greatly increased his teaching ability
Needs to learn how to work with kids that aren't his age.