“Kind and gracious to the students”

“Dennis Pratt was a happy, inclusive, and motivated band director to a bunch of interested (and clueless … ) Jr. high kids. I remember feeling un-intimidated by him, even though I was so new at playing the oboe. He was kind and gracious to the students. It was easy to be in his class because of his presence. I even had the courage to challenge the other chair for first under his tutelage, which is a big deal for me!”