Mercer Middle School Band

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Mrs. Friend earned a B.A. in Music and M.A. in Education from Virginia Tech and a M.M. in Horn Performance from Indiana University. Mrs. Friend performs with the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra and gigs with other groups in the Northern Virginia area. She is passionate about empowering students to adopt a growth mindset and believes that every single student can find success in band. Outside of music, Mrs. Friend enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter as well as drinking coffee with Mrs. Manning.

You can reach Mrs. Friend at kristen.friend@lcps.org

Kristen Friend

Kristen Friend

Director

Melanie Manning

Melanie Manning

Director

Mrs. Manning earned a Bachelor degree in Music Education from James Madison University and a Master of Music Education from Shenandoah University. Mrs. Manning is a clarinetist and enjoys sharing her love of music with her students! Outside of the music classroom, Mrs. Manning likes cooking, creating, and spending time outside. She enjoys spending her time with her husband (also a band teacher!) and her one-year-old, Teddy. 

Mrs. Manning is excited to start her tenth year at Mercer Middle School this Fall!

You can reach Mrs. Manning at melanie.manning@lcps.org