BAR HARBOR, Maine -- You might need to take a deep breath before naming all of the musical instruments played by Michael Remy, the new music teacher and band director at Mount Desert Island High School.
Here they are, in alphabetical order: banjo, bass, cello, clarinet, dobro, drums, flute, guitar, kalimba, mandolin, piano, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, viola and violin. He also is a singer and a music composer, arranger and producer.
Mr. Remy (pronounced Reemy) was a music teacher and director of orchestra programs and an award-winning jazz band in the Kodiak, Alaska, school district for four years starting in 2008.
"I am extremely excited to have him join our faculty," MDI High principal Matt Haney said. "His energy, talent and personality are transformative. His references described him as a Pied Piper who doubled the size of their music programs, inspired students and brought excellence."
Mr. Remy said that when he happened to see the listing for the job vacancy at MDI High, it struck him that the job description and his resume were a perfect match.
"As I learned more about the program I was astounded by the level of support provided by the district, the music boosters, a network of talented music educators and the community," he said.
Mr. Remy said he decided that he definitely wanted the MDI High job when, during his second interview visit, he had the chance to teach a group of music students.
"They felt like family," he said. "They are fiercely passionate and thoughtful and they sound incredible. We collaborated wonderfully."
Another attraction of the MDI High job, he said was his desire to continue teaching in "a small community surrounded by beauty."
Mr. Remy received the Kodiak Island Borough School District's "spirit of teaching" award in 2012. The high school jazz band he directed was named the best in the state in 2010 and 2012. Participation in the orchestra program for students in grades 5 through 12 grew by 250 percent during his four years as director.
Before moving to Alaska, Mr. Remy was an elementary school music teacher in Myrtle Beach, S.C., for one year.
He has a bachelor's degree in music in education from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.
As a saxophonist, Mr. Remy won two "outstanding soloist" awards at the 2007 Notre Dame Jazz Festival. He also has played in a rock band.
Mr. Remy said he tries to learn to play at least one new musical instrument a year.
"I find it helps in reaching more musicians," he said. "It also helps to communicate to the kids that you don't have to play professionally to have fun."
Mr. Remy succeeds Paavo Carey as music teacher and band director at MDI High. Mr. Carey left in March, after only eight months at the school, to take a position in New York.
(Remy is the son of Earl and Connie Remy of Coshocton; the grandson of Jeannie Gaumer of Newcomerstown; and the great-grandson of Eleanor Doss, Jeannie's mother who also taught music.)
This story and picture is reprinted with permission from the Mount Desert Islander, Bar Harbor, Maine, newspaper.