Average 4.88 based on 111 teacher ratings
Tom Landes is a retired Music teacher at Arcadia High School located in Arcadia, California and part of Arcadia Unified. Tom Landes' 111 teacher ratings contributes to Arcadia High School's ranking of 1,145 in California. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Arcadia High School is 4.14 stars.
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Mr Landes was the best band director I've ever had! He was incredibly nice to all his students and tries his best to learn all of their names as well as converse with them. He remains an inspiration for everything he has done to make the Arcadia band simply AMAZING! His legacy will stay with the organization for as long as it's around!

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We'll miss you Mr. Landes! You were the best teacher ever!

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Tom was my Band Director and one of the greatest teachers I have ever had Though he has +550 students (with 2 assistant band directors) every semester, he'd always squeeze you in if you needed extra help with a part your struggling with or just some direction on how to manage that 'special' underclassman in your section that just isn't getting it on the field or the music room Rating on lack of easiness reflects that he's not a push over, but a fabulous mentor/teacher Danny B class '99 T.&B.-Sax

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Alomst retiring. so sad Wish he could stay I am havimg a great experiance and it is a big pitty. He created the best band in the WOrLD

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Mr. Landes is AWESOME. He's hilarious, and he makes you feel like you'd want him to be your grandpa.

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hehe :D 2 years in band and still going~ Mr. Landes is the best. THE BEST. awesomest. aigihdgiaohg. words cannot explain.

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definately one of the best

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He is what makes Arcadia such a great school. With his talents and abilities of conducting, he makes our band the best in the country. It is a shame he is retiring next year. WOW ARCADIA APACHES BEAST

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good teacher

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i like all the music he picks like our field show this year was awesome and concert music sounds great and isnt very difficult :D

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awesome awesome awesome

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hes awesome, funny, way better than Morton. really helpful and friendly. im really glad that im in band. *go trumpets*

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cool guy, nuff said

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i bet that guys below me is the one that sent that stupid letter to Landes about how this year was "horrible". Anyways, Landes is the best teacher you can get, man. LOVE HIMM!

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He's one of the best teachers you'll ever meet. he's super nice and he LOVES chocolate. if you make an effort to get to know him, you'll realize what a cool guy he is. he doesn't get mad easily but when he does its completely justified. overall one of the best teachers at arcadia high =)

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Mr. Landes is just a really great band teacher, he tries his best to learn EVERYONE's name, he helps you when you need it, and he tells pretty good jokes. If he comes up to you wanting to have a thumb war...go for it. but you will probably lose. his thumb is huge. :D I lovee Mr. Landes! <3

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The only thing I hate about him is that he's leaving after my senior year... :'( But he's a great guy. I know I really look up to him (both literally and figuratively).You honestly don't get much better than Mr. Landes :) If awesomeness were height, he'd be totally justified ;D

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you won't find better <3

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He's our...Landi Claus and grandpa and mentor and...just plain awesome!

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best band teacher ever!

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He's the best band teacher you could EVER have :) i was glad to be one of the people he liked. btw if he likes you, he'll punch you...even if you're a girl like me ;) he'll use cool examples like people in our class to get us to understand his point :)

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"It doesn't matter what band you're in as long as you're in our band, that's what matters and that's what matters the most"- Mr. Landes

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sooooo AwEsOmE

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landes is amazing. he's one of the funniest teachers, he's nice

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he's awesome and freakishly tall O.o

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There's no way you can really hate Mr. Landes. He guides you to become a better musician and better person. You got to love him. Watch out for his 'friendly' punches though! The hurt! (:

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just rmbr to keep your horn up... ALWAYS. and if he likes you, he'll hit you trust me.

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Mr. Landes is so cool! hes really nice and understanding too. the first impression is kinda scared because he is so tall and kinda intimidating, but really he is so nice. it kinda hurts when he hits you though...but its all for fun!

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Very kind and one of the most inspiring teachers ever. I love his examples (uses his students often) and he tries to help everyone. Extremely talented and has a good ear. Very, very cool guy.

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Great teacher!

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mr landes is by far the best teacher ive ever had. anybody who says otherwise just refused to actually talk to him. hes caring and positive. even though i may cough up some blood when he hits me lol

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He's kind of like a Dumbledore to the students

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Yes, i have noticed a lot of favoritism going on in his classes. Eventhough he seems to be a good teacher, sometimes, i realize that he gets angry at a lot of things. not tooo bad though.

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he does play favorites, but he has been my most influential teacher so far. he cares about his students

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Mr. Landes is the most possitive teacher. He is always so encouraging.

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there aren't enough words to describe how awesome he is. let's just say that i'll always remember that "it's not about the size of the trophy, it's about the performance"

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Mr. Landes is simply the best teacher in AHS. He is extremely organize and admits his "rarely made" mistakes to the students. Those 2 qualities are the most important a teacher could have. He is also very helpful.

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THANK YOU MR.LANDES!!!! best music teacher <<

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Wow... just wow.

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frkn awesome teacher man. i love mr. landes

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Mr. Landes is such a wonderful teacher :)

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The ratings have it! Mr Landes is the best. Even outside of the directors stand he was a great teacher to me. Always stood up for what was right and never let anyone be bullied. A great teacher and an even Greater Man.

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Mr. Landes = Mr. Laders !! awsome teacher, dont' know why but his class has always been the class i enjoy the most

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Mr. Landes is freaking awesome! I'm gonna really miss him.

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he's awesome.

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He's an eccentric teacher, but that's what makes him so awesome. He could make the class laugh without saying a word. Yay trumpets!!! :]

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he's a really cool director, really funny haha i love his jokes =) the coolest teacher i know

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even though i have colorguard, mr. LANDES IS AWESOME! so hilarious~ he`s SOOO tall!

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MR. LANDES IS THE BESTEST MUSIC TEACHER ANYWHERE ! AND YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT ! FLUTES FOREVER ! i miss his classes T^T

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Hes so freakin biased. If your not his favorite he'll treat you horribly, even if you do everything right. He's just too biased to be a good guy

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LANDES IS THE BEST!! he can do the weirdest things and give u the weirdest looks and yet its always funny coming from him =) no other can match him. enuf said =)

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The best band teacher ever!

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he is the easiest teacher

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Mr Landes is SO cool. He's really nice and is the BEST teacher for music. W/o him band wouldn't get 1st place in EVERY competition (not including championships)

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GO Mr. Landes. Great guy. Fun to be with. Understands kis. go band geeks!

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mr landes...what a great guy.

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HE IS THE BEST TEACHER AT AHS...HANDS DOWN. LANDES OWNS.

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Pretty cool/funny guy. Too bad he has favorites. Great director, and great teacher.

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most awesome music teacher ever... most awesome teacher of all

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One of the best music teachers I ever had. Instills in you the pride of hard work and determination. Landes is truly awesome! Go AHS!!!!

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Landes is a very cool guy. He doesn't keep grudges, so eve if you mess up a few times, he'll still be cool to you as long as you're good most of the time.

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mr landes is the best and thats all there is to it

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landes is the coolest teacher on campus, the class isnt a slack off class, so dont join for an "easy a". or else you shall be in the contempt of the whole band

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Best teacher for music had him for all four years of my high school life... Go Apaches!! Marching Band

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nice and cool! I love his class.

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nice, cool teacher. GOD to band ppl. ppl look up to him. But if u do something stupid enough in front of him, he'll practically embarrass u by screaming at u!!!

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awsome teacher and even though im in percussion im almost as tall as him 6'7" he is im 6'4" im gonna get u mr landes!!!!!!

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Mr. Landes is by far the best band director I've ever had and one of the best teacher I've had in my high school years.

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I learned all of the important things in life from beloved Mr. Landes. Hard work, self perseverance, self discipline, and music.
I only wish I had worked harder for him than he for me. He is a truly great teacher.
The rest of my high school (and col

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very good teacher. he is sometimes funny. very nice. has patience with huge numbers of students in class.

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Man this guy is full of it somedays he is your best friend next minute he is staring you down. I f you want to have fun stay ot of his way

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Mr. LAndes IS SO COOL!!! respects his students .. is fUNNY.. and teaches WELL! .. he is not only the BEST band director of all time but the the BEST teacher!:D

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tite teacher!

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over 400 kids and he STILL knows EVERYONE'S name. gotta love him! da bomb, baby.

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dude mr landes is the bomb...hes like the best music teacher in the world...

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mr. landes rocks. period. yeah, you can complain all you want about how hard the music is, but he must be the best teacher i've ever had. respects his students.

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GO LANDES!!!!...MARCHING BAND RULEZ MAN!!..GOTTA LUV THIS GUY!

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MR LANDES IS SOOO COOOLL!!!!

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What can I say about this cool guy? He is the BEST music director a man could ever want!

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Best Teacher/Band Director EVER!! So respectable and you can't hate him. He always gives credit where credit is due.

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marching band is pure funness

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LANDES iS DEH AWES0ME-EST BAND TEACHER EVER!! xP

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AWSOMEST TEACHER OF ALL TIME!

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Mr. Landes is the epitomy of the perfect teacher. Nearly everyone looks up to him, and well...you just can't hate him! He's a great director because he's so patient and never REALLY gets mad at anyone.

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almost retired...so sad but he is the cooooolest. He rocks at teaching music and loves it too..Hes the greatest..Well miss him.

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AWESome...just awesome..yes

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The greatest band director to ever live!

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can i say anymore?

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he's funny and a great director! i love his motivational speeches!

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WOOT WOOT GO MR. LANDES!

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I love you, dawg! Have you ever thought of joining the NBA?

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The BEST Band director out there, i absolutely admire his talents and qualities.

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I learned more fom him than any other teacher!

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He may be strict sometimes, but he's really nice and cool.

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the absolute bestest... !!!

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Mr. Landes is really cool and a great music teacher!

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I had him in 1987 & '88. Best band teacher I've ever had!

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THE BEST BAND TEACHER IN THE WORLD !!!

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