Jarek Bartels was born and raised in Southern California near Los Angeles. After completing a two year mission in Ohio, he got his bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Oregon. While teaching K-12 music and band near the Dalles, Oregon, he completed his Master’s degree at Western Governors University in Curriculum and Design. Jarek currently resides in Springfield, Oregon and teaches middle school band and orchestra. Primarily a brass player, he specializes in teaching French Horn and Trumpet, but feels comfortable teaching all band and orchestra instruments. He is very passionate about music and teaching. He especially loves working one on one with students or in small groups.