“Our awesome band teacher”

“I had the privilege to work several years at the same school with Dennis Pratt. Mr. Pratt was our awesome band teacher. I was always so excited to hear his band students playing for the students having breakfast early in the mornings. I would often go into his class room just to listen to them and watch Mr. Pratt multi-tasking as he directed and assisted each student as they played. Mr. Pratt’s students loved him so much as did the rest of us and he was my son’s favorite teacher in 7th and 8th grade. The band concerts were amazing. Mr. Pratt is so dedicated, cheerful, and so fun. There is no other place I would take my children, adults, or myself for classes. Thanks Mr. Pratt for making such a positive impact on my son, all your students, and myself.”

Kathy Perides, co-worker and mother of a drum & percussion student

“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!”

Lindsay Robinson, former oboe student

“My first exposure to jazz improvisation”

“Dennis Pratt is a music educator of incredible experience and caliber. When I was attending Dixon Middle School in Provo, Mr. Pratt provided my friends and me with musical foundations in both symphonic band and jazz repertoire. My first exposure to jazz improvisation came from Mr. Pratt. I went on to play, improvise, record, and compose music in college and continue to enjoy participating in community musical events today. I recommend Dennis Pratt to any parents looking to provide their children with a top notch private music education.”

Dale Richards, former trumpet student

“The Man is a Saint”

“Every one of our four children was fortunate to have had the influence of Dennis Pratt in their lives. My husband and I would always exchange a look at our kids’ junior high concerts—and say, “The man is a saint.” He took every child seriously, introducing them to their instruments, to written music, the concepts of practice and musical unity and performance—a man of great love and patience. He knew every child in every band by name—something that didn’t always happen on the high school level—and worked with them carefully. When my daughter wanted to change from playing her father’s clarinet to her mother’s flute in the middle of the year, he gave her a chance to do that. He recognized her talent and allowed her every chance to grow and learn. In the end, in her freshman year of college, she sat First Alto Sax in Synthesis, BYU’s premier jazz band—and much of the confidence and passion for music that got her there started under Mr. Pratt’s tutelage. “I have always been impressed with his ability to respond to the need of the family and the student. Some professional educators seem unable to leave protocols, making the system more important than the learner. This was never the case with Mr. Pratt. A man of thought and perception, he could run an entire junior high smoothly while serving the individual needs of engaged and unusual students. We respected him. Trusted him. Enjoyed our interactions with him. But most of all, we are grateful for the growth in both talent and discipline that our children achieved under his influence. This is a good man who loves kids and knows how to teach them. It was an honor for us to trust our kids to him.”

Kristen Randle, mother of several students