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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In Aurora, CO

Southwest Mobile Storage is a family-owned shipping container business founded in 1995. Our strength for more than 25 years comes from the specialized knowledge and passion of our people, along with serving over 24,000 commercial, construction and residential customers. Our facility and expertise in maintaining, manufacturing, and delivering corrugated steel containers is unrivaled in the industry.

While the rental side of our business is regional with branches throughout the Southwest, our container sales and modification operations are nationwide and becoming global. Aurora, CO offers a wide selection of portable offices and mobile storage containers you can rent, buy or modify.

Our experts in container rental, sales and customization are committed to providing you the highest quality and best experience from service to delivery - our reputation depends on it.

Whether your need is for storage, office space, moving, multi-purpose or custom use, we've got your back. Here's how:

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We bring your storage container to you for convenient, easy access at your home, business or jobsite. Plus, you'll get more choice in storage space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of a pod or add on building, saving money and energy.


Not enough room to keep a storage container at your business, home or construction site? No problem - we can store it for you. Plus, you get 70% more space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of public storage units.


Need a permanent storage solution for your business, residence or construction? We sell new and used shipping containers in many sizes with a variety of add-ons. Or customize a container to your specific storage needs with our certified fabrication experts.


Take your time packing with our moving containers. We'll deliver to your business or home and pick it up whenever you're ready to move. So, you don't have to stress about moving or making multiple trips in one day, like if you rented a moving truck.


Our moving container solutions ensure the long-distance move of your home or business is highly efficient and affordable throughout the southwest. In fact, we usually cost 20%-40% less than full-service movers.


We understand move-in and move-out dates might be different. We can store your moving container at our highly secure facilities until you're ready to move to your new home or business location, and you can conveniently access it at any time.


Whether you need a workspace, conference room, or other office requirement, our ground-mounted mobile offices meet any and all of your business needs. Plus, it's faster and easier than building additions.


If you need your shipping container to serve multiple uses, such as office-storage combos, breakrooms and even utilities, we've got you covered. We'll modify a custom container to fit your business needs and bring your business to the next level


We'll create a custom container to fit your unique needs anywhere in the US. With our container modification expertise, we make any idea a reality. From pop-up stores to multi-story structures, our unrivaled facilities and fabrication experts do it all.

You'll get your own dedicated storage and container expert to serve as your one point of contact for easy, convenient service you can trust.
With our wide selection of intermodal containers for sale and rent, you'll find exactly what you need, from size, to type and condition.
We maintain our rental fleet to the highest standard - our integrity depends on it.
Our certified, experienced Conex container modification experts have more than 500 years combined experience modifying ISO containers.
All of our containers come with high security dual-locking system for no additional charge, so you can rest assured your stored items stay safe and that you don't have to pay extra for it.
At our unrivaled 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility, ensuring your custom shipping container is made exactly to your specifications.
With our level of service, quality and expertise, you won't find a better value anywhere else.
Our portable offices include lighting and electrical outlets, internet hookups, HVAC and were crafted by our in-house steel container fabrication experts for top-quality construction.

Premium Quality - High Security

With Southwest Mobile Storage, you get much more than a POD or typical Conex box. You also get high security, unparalleled service and unmatched container modification expertise and facilities. No other company offers that much.

Shipping containers and storage containers come in a range of sizes. The most common external lengths are 20ft and 40ft with a width of 8ft. ISO Containers are typically 8ft 6in tall, but high cube containers are 9ft 6in tall. We also have steel containers in a variety of sizes from 10ft long to 45ft long to rent or buy, and we can modify shipping containers into any size you want.

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SMS Mobile Storage Containers have these high quality features:

1/8" thick steel plate bottom side rails
High strength steel supporting cross members
1 1/8" thick hardwood floor with galvanized self-tapping screws
16-gauge corrugated steel walls
16-gauge roof
270-degree swing cargo door(s)
High security dual-locking system*
Spot-grinded, primed & repainted with a beige high-grade water reducible alkyd direct-to-metal enamel*
* Comes standard on all rental units

SMS portable workspace containers have these structural features:

High security window bars, lever & deadbolt set with lock box
Studs & R-19 Insulation covered with wood paneling
1 1/8" marine board floor is covered with a durable single part gray epoxy coating
Dual pane low-E horizontal sliding windows with screens and miniblinds
18 Gauge steel polystyrene core 3-hour fire rated personnel door
All of our workspaces are manufactured in-house and arrive new or restored to factory specifications
Exterior load center operating on 100 Amp single phase 230 Volt power
Light switch, receptacles and 4' light fixtures; all wiring is Romex 12/2
CAT-6 voice and data lines with electrical junction box
HVAC units ranging from 1 ton to 2 ton on rentals; ability to customize up to 10 tons of cooling

Having flexible storage containers options is important, but security is crucial to protect your peace of mind and your possessions.

At Southwest Mobile Storage, we don't believe in leaving things to chance. We want you to rest easy knowing your inventory, documents, tools, equipment and other items are safe 24/7. That is why we equip SMS high-security slide bolt locking systems and lockboxes on our entire fleet of rental freight containers.


High-security slide-bolt locking system and extra-long lock box, giving you twice the security and peace of mind.
No holes to ensure your rental shipping container is wind and water-tight.
No rust for your safety.
14-gauge corrugated steel for strength and reinforcement.

Contact us to speak with a helpful, friendly representative to better understand our full range of capabilities. We are happy to answer any questions you have, go over pricing and set up a time and place to deliver your Conex box. Our quotes are 100% free and you are under no obligation to pay for your consultation.


When you own a business or manage one, it's crucial to have efficient, affordable ways to store inventory and supplies, whether it's to grow your business or adapt to changes in the market, like the many caused by the pandemic.

Renting storage containers to keep at your business eliminates the cost and hassles of sending your staff to offsite storage facilities. Steel containers with roll up doors make storing and retrieving items faster and easier. Auto repair shops and other businesses that need easy access throughout the workday to secure storage for tools, parts, equipment or supplies find renting shipping containers to be the best solution for their business storage needs. Southwest Mobile Storage has your back.

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Renting portable offices gives your business more workspace, breakrooms, pop up stores, security booths and more, without the cost and red tape associated with constructing building additions. Plus, a steel storage container fits neatly into one parking space and provides much stronger security than Pods and way more convenience than self-storage units.

If you have a specific need, we can modify shipping containers to build whatever you need to grow your business. Whether it's a portable workspace to run your business, like a pop-up container bar, or a durable facility for scientific research, like a container laboratory, or even a container gym, our unrivaled fabrication facility and modification experts got you covered. Our full-time, in-house staff of certified welders, engineers, electricians, carpenters and painters have over 500 years combined experience modifying thousands of container projects for just about any business use you can imagine.


Offsite storage alternatives cause a mess of hassles and headaches. Expanding office space and storage capacity at your location saves time, money and hassle of making multiple trips offsite.
We offer more choice in security, size and features in steel Conex boxes or ISO shipping containers than a public storage unit or Pod for less cost and far greater service.
We offer flexible, month-to-month rental agreements and prorate by the day after your first 28-day billing cycle.
With us, you get a dedicated account manager you can rely on, so you can focus on running your business than waste time with a different person every time you call that doesn't know or care as much.
While other companies may have some staff for modifying containers, most outsource the work, so you don't know who is actually doing the modifications or how much they're marking up the price.
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When you modify a shipping container for your business, you won't have to worry about expensive, lengthy and complicated construction.
We have modified thousands of containers nationwide and internationally for more than 25 years for NASA, US Navy, GCP Applied Technologies, Helix and Sundt to name a few. And rent containers to Amazon, Walmart and many of other nationally recognized brands.
Our extensive staff makes it possible to custom build multiple projects simultaneously and our 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility prevents contaminants from interfering with fabrication, which delivers better quality and precision.


Building additions to your home can be very expensive and requires going through the hassle of securing permits and waiting for construction. You can save money, time and stress by modifying a shipping container instead. Whether you need additional space for a home gym, recreation or storage, we can convert steel containers into anything you can imagine. Our custom container gyms, man-caves or she-sheds, garages and more give you the extra space you need without the hassle, cost and wait that comes with home renovation.

Renting shipping containers for temporary storage, either when moving or dealing with restoration from a fire or flood, provides a secure, convenient way to keep your belongings close for accessing them whenever you need to. Plus, renting mobile storage containers for moving costs less than traditional movers and allows you to take your time packing, reducing the stress that comes from moving. You can also rent portable offices for your home to make working remotely distraction-free.

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With an extensive in-house staff and 90,000 sq ft container modification facility, we're able to deliver consistently high quality and work on multiple projects simultaneously for a fast turnaround.

Other companies don't have the facility, staff or resources to modify shipping containers and will outsource the work to various shops who may not have the special experience or tools needed to modify the right way.

You can rest assured knowing your custom container is safe in our hands. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications through every step of the process.

Renting a moving container from us makes your move much less stressful because you won't have to rush to pack your whole house into a moving truck in one day. Instead, you can take your time packing over the course of a month.

Our ISO shipping containers are weatherproof and come with vault-like security, so you don't have to worry about theft or damage to your belongings.

You won't get that level of security from U-Haul or other moving truck companies.

Renting a storage container at your home keeps your belongings close and gives you convenient 24/7 access, so you're always able to retrieve the contents of your container when you need to.

We know move in and move out dates don't always line up. We can store your packed rental container at our secure facility until your new home is ready.

With our mobile storage containers for rent in Aurora, CO, you can save up to 40% when compared to full-service long-distance movers, while gaining more flexibility in your schedule.


We know your needs may change suddenly. With our extensive inventory and variety of sizes of portable offices and shipping containers to rent, buy or modify in Aurora, CO, we provide fast service and the best value possible so it's easy for you to get whatever you need when you need it.

Renting storage containers and portable offices from us gives you more flexibility when it comes to your schedule and options. If you don't have enough space at your current location or simply would prefer offsite storage, you can keep your rental storage and office containers at your location or ours - whichever is most convenient for you. You also get more options to choose from when it comes to size and features, like portable offices with divided rooms for private meetings or office/storage combos for storage and office space in one container. All while costing a fraction of the price of a pod or self-storage facility.

You can also buy new or used freight containers from us and choose from a variety of add-ons, including lights, electricity, doors and windows. Or fully customize a shipping container to save time, money and energy by skipping the expensive, lengthy process of constructing building additions. We can modify a Conex box into whatever you can imagine for any use you need, from construction tool cribs to office buildings, monitoring stations, mobile communication towers and much more. The possibilities are endless.


You'll never face hidden fees or surprises with us. We give you transparent billing up front at the best prices.

With us, you get a reliable, dedicated point of contact, who keeps you updated every step of the way. You can rest assured knowing you'll always get what you need, when you need it.

No other company has the breadth and depth of staff and experience that we do when it comes to modifying shipping containers. Our certified welders, engineers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and painters have more than 500 years of combined experience in fabricating custom steel containers.

We prorate your rent by the day after the first 28-day billing cycle, so you don't have to pay for a full month when you only have your mobile containers and offices for a few days.

While other companies may be able to do small container modifications, most don't have an in-house fabrication staff or 90,000 sq ft fabrication facility like we do. As a result, they outsource the work on your custom container, so you don't know who's actually building it.

Rest assured knowing your modified shipping container will be built to the highest quality standards. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors check every step of the fabrication process to ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications.


Whether you're in need of a storage container for your commercial business, a portable office for your construction site, or a moving container for your home, our process is simple and straightforward.

Choose Your Container

Choose the mobile storage solution that works best for your needs. In this step, you will let us know the number of containers you need, their sizes and what types of doors to equip.

Choose Your Options

Let us know if you would like to add any of our rental options, like a folding table or shelving.

Choose Your Security

Choose from padlocks, puck locks and other enhanced security options. All of our storage containers come standard with dual-locking, vault-like security.

Choose Your Delivery Timeframe

You can expect standard delivery within 3-5 days of your order. If you need expedited delivery, we will do everything in our power to accommodate your needs.

Pick-Up Planning

Do you need to keep your shipping container at our location? Prefer to have our team deliver your packed container to a location of your choice? Let us know, and we'll be by your side to work out the logistics.




Let our team know where we should deliver your mobile storage container for rent in Aurora, CO. Be sure to let us know if there are any special conditions that might prevent our drivers from entering your chosen destination. Before you schedule your delivery, let us know which direction you would like the doors of your container to face.



Our drivers can deliver your storage container Monday-Friday, between the hours of 6AM and 2PM local time. Our two-hour delivery window is the most precise in the industry. If you desire another delivery time outside of our standard delivery options, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. As a courtesy, our driver will call you at least 30 minutes before they arrive at your drop-off destination.



Before we deliver your Conex box, prepare your delivery area by ensuring that there are no low overhangs, arches, wires, trees or any other obstacles that could interfere with your delivery. It's a good idea to mark the space where you would like your steel container placed.



When our driver arrives, they will back our truck into the space where you would like your shipping container placed. Once we arrive, we will ensure that your container is delivered safely and securely. If placed on asphalt or pavement, we will use wood dunnage pads to make sure your ground surface is protected and the container is level.


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Review of Paramount in Aurora: Big voices deliver vibrant ‘Sound of Music’

Paramount Theatre in Aurora does things big. It’s a big venue with a big stage. They put on big-budget musicals and spare no expense. They import stars with big resumes touting numerous Broadway credits. In the equation of “go big or go home,” the Paramount made the decision to simply make its home big.For the holiday season production of “The Sound of Music,” extended through Jan. 15, Paramount has fully embraced going big yet again. And it is impressive.The sets that fill Paramount’s immens...

Paramount Theatre in Aurora does things big. It’s a big venue with a big stage. They put on big-budget musicals and spare no expense. They import stars with big resumes touting numerous Broadway credits. In the equation of “go big or go home,” the Paramount made the decision to simply make its home big.

For the holiday season production of “The Sound of Music,” extended through Jan. 15, Paramount has fully embraced going big yet again. And it is impressive.

The sets that fill Paramount’s immense stage are routinely excellent. The set for “The Sound of Music” by scenic designer Jeffrey D. Kmiec is absolutely amazing. It easily puts most Broadway sets to shame. That says a lot.

Combined with the stunning voices of the nuns of Nonnberg Abbey, Kmiec’s set immediately transports the audience into the world of 1938 Austria, just prior to the country being forcibly annexed by Adolf Hitler’s German Reich. The operatic voices of the nuns and the sweeping opening set that reaches to the sky place you front and center in the action.

Indeed director/choreographer Amber Mak has assembled all the pieces for a vibrant success. She has skillfully laid them out to give the audience a breathtaking theatrical experience. In her directorial notes, Mak asks the audience to view the production as if seeing “The Sound of Music” for the first time.

The timeless classic is based on the real-life experiences of Maria von Trapp as reflected in her 1949 memoir “The Story of the Trapp Family Singers.” In it, Maria is a postulant at the Nonnberg Abbey who is sent to serve as a governess to the seven children of retired Navy submarine commander Capt. Georg von Trapp.

Maria, a free spirit raised in the Alps before joining the abbey, is like nothing the Trapp family has experienced before. In short order, Maria wins over the children, then, surprisingly, she captures the heart of the captain. All this is set to the music of Richard Rodgers and the lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein II, with book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse.

One of the most important factors for a successful mounting of “The Sound of Music” is ensuring you have a strong Maria. Alicia Kaori is a very capable actress with an absolutely beautiful voice that fills the auditorium. Rather than just focus on the free-spirited nature and youthful exuberance of the character, Kaori gives her Maria a dose of fear. She is scared of leaving the abbey. She is scared of being a governess. She is scared of falling in love. It’s a darker approach than some, but ultimately works.

The role of Captain von Trapp is often given to actors without extensive musical chops. I don’t know exactly why that is. Perhaps it’s because Maria and the children live in a world where the joys of music dance in the air, and that world is supposed to be foreign to Georg ever since the death of the children’s mother.

For the Paramount production, Mak and casting director Trent Stork give us an actual song-and-dance man: Christopher Kale Jones. Jones is a delight. Not only can he sing, play the guitar and move his nimble feet beautifully, Jones gives us the most complete and well-developed characterization of the role I have seen so far. He gives Maria a reason to fall in love with him and for the audience to adore him, something not every actor in the role accomplishes.

Finding seven children who can capture the beauty of the score and the hearts of the audience may seem daunting to some, but Paramount has assembled two groups of children, as well as a host of understudies to handle the workload.

The children include: Gage Richey and Brody Tyner as Friedrich, Maddie Morgan and Kara Rivera as Louisa, Charlie Long and Ezekiel Ruiz as Kurt, Genevieve Jane and Milla Liss as Brigitta, Avelyn Choi and Savannah Lumar as Marta, and Ava Barabasz and Lena Soszynski as Gretl. Understudies for the youth roles include Kirin Pauline, Juliana Filapek, Elias Totleben and Layla Joan.

Straddling the world between child and adult is eldest daughter Liesl – a 16-year-old beauty just starting to explore feelings of the heart with local telegram delivery boy Rolf Gruber. Julia Aragon is wonderful as Liesl. Although a real-life teenager, Aragon holds her own among the adult leads. She has a gorgeous smile, a glowing charisma and a stunning and mature singing voice.

Michael Harp deserves mention for his role as Rolf. In a few short scenes speckled throughout the show, Harp demonstrates a complete character arc in his excellent interpretation.

Broadway powerhouse Susan Moniz is in fine form as Mother Abbess – Maria’s confidante, protector and guiding light. Moniz’s voice is amazing. Interestingly, I almost co-starred with Moniz in Jeff Calhoun’s Broadway revival of “Grease” in the 1990s, but ended up deciding to do “Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding” instead. It’s a small world. It’s great to see her tearing down the house at the Paramount.

Also instrumental to the story are the characters of Elsa Schraeder and Max Detweiler. Emilie Lynn gives a strong performance as Baroness Schraeder, who is engaged to wed the captain, and Stephen Schellhardt is good as would-be star-maker Detweiler.

As a director and choreographer, Mak certainly proves she knows how to structure a show to be fun, moving and entertaining. And kudos to her for the brilliant directorial decision to insert vignettes to cover the scene changes. They are creative, add to the story, and make the show flow seamlessly.

Mak also uses the grandness of the Paramount Theatre’s stage to depict the overpoweringly scary Nazi takeover. Her placement of swastika flags and Nazi officers at the Kaltzberg Music Festival that the Trapp family performs in near the end of the play literally made me gasp out loud. Mak notes: “ … the story feels as contemporary and poignant as ever in our current world.”

Featuring the time-tested hits “Do-Re-Mi,” “My Favorite Things,” “So Long, Farewell,” “Edelweiss,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” and the title song, this Paramount production of “The Sound of Music” is something the whole family can enjoy.

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WHAT: “The Sound of Music”

WHERE: Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., downtown Aurora

WHEN: Wednesday through Sunday through Jan. 15; except Christmas Day

INFORMATION: 630-896-6666,

Aurora Culpo’s Divorce — What Happened Between The Eldest Culpo Sister and Mikey Bortone?

Star of TLC’s new show The Culpo Sisters, Aurora Culpo is a blogger, self-proclaimed health and beauty guru, podcast co-host, and older sister of Olivia Culpo and Sophia Culpo. Unfortunately, she is also a soon-to-be divorcee. Aurora Culpo is headed for div...

Star of TLC’s new show The Culpo Sisters, Aurora Culpo is a blogger, self-proclaimed health and beauty guru, podcast co-host, and older sister of Olivia Culpo and Sophia Culpo. Unfortunately, she is also a soon-to-be divorcee. Aurora Culpo is headed for divorce from her husband of three years — Michael “Mikey” Bortone of Survivor fame.

Divulged in a recent episode of The Culpo Sisters, the divorce has been in process since April 2022, with Aurora and Mikey having been separated since Jan. 1, 2022. The couple wed at Hotel Esencia in Tulum, Mexico, in May 2019 and are parents to two young children, Remi and Solei, for whom they are amicably seeking joint custody.

Aurora Culpo’s Divorce — What happened?

Two words: broken trust.

Aurora and Mikey, who have known each other since 2014, apparently had different ideas of what marriage means. For Aurora, marriage meant being vulnerable, committed, and honoring agreements; for Mikey, the bonds of matrimony were boundaries to be pushed, and he pushed beyond their rather unique arrangement. And this is where things get complicated.

Early on in their relationship, Aurora gave Mikey a “hall pass” to hook up with one person each year if he chose to, an allowance he took advantage of. However, he took things past the point of a random hook-up and reportedly continued carrying on with other women behind his wife’s back.

Aurora became suspicious when she received a DM on Instagram informing her of Mikey’s infidelity. Once confronted, Mikey apparently admitted to two instances of cheating, thus breaking their agreement of one random hook-up per year.

Aurora filed for divorce, which Mikey followed up with his own filing, citing the age-old Hollywood reason of “irreconcilable differences.” He also is seeking spousal support from his future ex-wife.

All right, so who is Michael Bortone?

Some may recognize Michael Bortone, aka Mikey as a cast member of Season 16 of CBS’s Survivor. He didn’t last long on the show and was kicked off the island only 11 days into the competition.

Once an aspiring writer and actor, Mikey also previously owned a chimney and masonry business. With a small list of acting credits, including commercials, short films, and a romantic comedy called Play the Game, Mikey doesn’t have a long resume, and marrying into the Culpo family seems to be his biggest claim to fame outside of 2008’s Survivor: Micronesia.

Mikey also started Watertown Whiskey, which creates coconut water-infused whiskey — a unique combination of alcohol and hydration. Mikey is seeking spousal support from his multi-talented wife, who has forged diverse income streams.

The Culpo Sisters airs Mondays at 9 p.m. EST on TLC.

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Discipline and passion: How Colorado’s Teacher of Year makes magic

Long before he was an award-winning middle school band director in Colorado, Jimmy Lee Day II was a Detroit middle-schooler who rarely attended after-school band practice because he didn’t have a ride home.His teacher, Mrs. Knox, noticed and offered to drive him home after practices. She quickly became one in a long line of educators who helped Day live up to his potential. Now, Day, who teaches at East Middle School in Aurora, is working to have the same kind of impact on his own students.The payoff is the performance....

Long before he was an award-winning middle school band director in Colorado, Jimmy Lee Day II was a Detroit middle-schooler who rarely attended after-school band practice because he didn’t have a ride home.

His teacher, Mrs. Knox, noticed and offered to drive him home after practices. She quickly became one in a long line of educators who helped Day live up to his potential. Now, Day, who teaches at East Middle School in Aurora, is working to have the same kind of impact on his own students.

The payoff is the performance.

“That is my heaven. All of my troubles and pains are nonexistent,” he said. “It is just me and my students making magic.”

Day, who was recently named Colorado’s 2023 Teacher of the Year, talked to Chalkbeat about his musical influences, his approach to rebuilding band programs, and the touching compliment he received from a student’s older sister.

This interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.

When I was studying music as an undergraduate at Tennessee State University, I took some courses that required practicums — we would go to a school and observe a teacher teach their class. These really ignited my passion for teaching instrumental music to middle school and high school students.

There were two incidents that made it clear that I was destined for teaching. One time, there was a middle school trombone student who was struggling with his music. The band director brought it to my attention, and I asked if I could assist the student since I was a low brass instrumentalist. I worked with the student one-on-one. It was clear that he was not identifying the correct positions on the instrument to play the notes correctly. Once I pointed that out to him, he instantly experienced success and was grateful for it.

Another time, I was allowed to run the class. I rehearsed with the students to get them prepared for their winter concert. The director mentioned to a coworker that the band sounded better after my time with them.

I put the same energy into my students that I got from my band teachers in middle school through college. I am originally from Detroit. The band director at my middle school, Mrs. Knox, saw my potential to be a great instrumentalist. She helped me attend after-school practice twice a week. My parents did not have a car and the school was far from where I stayed. As a result, I wasn’t able to attend practice most of the time. She offered to take me home when I wasn’t able to get a ride. At the time, I figured she was just being nice, but reflecting on it as an older person, I see that she saw me as an investment in her program, and she made sure to invest in me as well.

I went to Cass Technical High School. Cass Tech had one of the most highly respected music departments in Detroit. Two band directors I studied under there added to the foundation that was laid for me in middle school. Their names were Ms. Sharon Allen and Mr. Benjamin Pruitt. They taught me not only about being a good musician, they taught how to be a good person. They made sure I always gave my best, and when I didn’t, they would let me know with no hesitation.

My sophomore year, Ms. Allen put me on the podium to direct the band through the warm-up. I was very nervous and rough around the edges. Ms. Allen gave me great feedback and before you know it, I was volunteering a lot to lead the warm-up. During my tenure in the Cass Tech music department, I served as section leader in the symphonic band and marching band, student arranger in the marching band, and drum major in the marching band.

As an educator, I make sure that I always invest in my students as my teachers invested in me. My teachers taught me instrumental and leadership skills that afforded me the opportunity to get a scholarship to Tennessee State University so my parents did not have to pay. No telling what my life would be like if those individuals were not in my life.

My go-to plan when rebuilding programs is teaching discipline. That is the foundation of every program. A band program with no discipline means that there is little to no learning taking place.

I teach discipline to the students by having non-negotiable rules, procedures, and expectations. When they are in the classroom or in public, they are taught to look and act a certain way. When they practice or perform, there is a certain way they are expected to sound.

I build the morale of the students by setting them up for success. I give them attainable goals. In addition, I give them independent practice time to have some productive struggle. Their appreciation grows once they can figure it out.

Who are some of your favorite musicians? How do you work them into your lessons?

My favorite musicians are Earth, Wind & Fire. Their energy and showmanship is what I enjoy and appreciate most. As a result, I teach my students stage etiquette and the importance of engaging the audience through actions as well as sound. The audience should feel every note and rhythm.

When we are preparing for a performance. I teach students how to move as a unit. When I step on the podium, the students automatically sit up in their seats. Once I have eye contact with them, I raise my baton and the students react by bringing the instruments to their mouths to begin playing. When the performance is over, the students stand and bow as a unit.

Tell us about a favorite lesson to teach.

My favorite lesson is when my students have learned their parts and we are focusing on the small details of the music. The students are very engaged, and the atmosphere is intense. You can see the pride on their faces as well as hear it in their playing.

I am always studying other ensembles on YouTube that have played the same songs that I am teaching my students. I study their interpretation and compare it to mine. Sometimes it gives me good ideas as to how to make the composition or arrangement more engaging.

What is something happening in the community that impacts your students?

Violence. There are times when we’re on lockdown because of what is happening in the community. Once, there was a shooting close to us which caused an extensive lockdown and caused students to become worried about their older siblings. All we can do as educators is be there for them, even let them shed a tear, and assure them that everything will be OK.

Tell us about a memorable time — good or bad — when contact with a student’s family changed your perspective or approach.

During a recent parent-teacher conference, after I greeted the student, parents, and a much older sister, the sister said, “I heard you were really good with teaching kids how to play instruments!” That warmed my heart. Although I have always had a passion for what I do, that made me a little more passionate and intentional when teaching my students. That is a great reputation to have!

Ann Schimke is a senior reporter at Chalkbeat, covering early childhood issues and early literacy. Contact Ann at

Addams Family Fans Have Fallen in Love With Jenna Ortega's Wednesday

Fans are giving Wednesday actor Jenna Ortega major praise following the show's Netflix premiere.After the Wednesday hit the small screen, audiences were quick to share their love for Ortega's take on the sullen schoolgirl on Twitter. One user called her "perfect" for the role of Wednesday Addams, with another dubbing her performance as "amazing and unforgettable." Another gave a shout-out to the actor for learning to ...

Fans are giving Wednesday actor Jenna Ortega major praise following the show's Netflix premiere.

After the Wednesday hit the small screen, audiences were quick to share their love for Ortega's take on the sullen schoolgirl on Twitter. One user called her "perfect" for the role of Wednesday Addams, with another dubbing her performance as "amazing and unforgettable." Another gave a shout-out to the actor for learning to play the cello ahead of filming, saying that it proved her "commitment" and "dedication."

Critics seem to be on the same page regarding Ortega's performance, with Bloody Disgusting's Meagan Navarro noting that her deliveries are full of "complex pathos," and stating that she was perfectly cast in the role. However, some critics complained that the show strays a little too far from its source material.

The Future of Wednesday Addams

Audiences may get further opportunities to see Ortega embody Wednesday in the future, as Wednesday co-showrunner Alfred Gough teased that he has some major plans for a potential second season of the show. He explained that he would like to dive deeper into Wednesday's friendship with Enid Sinclair (Emma Myers). "I think like any relationship or any friendship, it can get complicated by other factors," Gough said. "It's never going to be smooth sailing. And it's really her learning to navigate the ups and downs of friendship." He also said that he hopes to continue to expand the rest of the characters in the show, explaining, "We felt like we just touched the surface with those characters."

Despite showrunners looking to expand the show, Netflix's Wednesday wasn't always a guarantee. Gough recalled that, when he and co-showrunner Miles Millar originally sent the script to director Tim Burton, they were fully expecting him to say "no." He stated that they were surprised when they "sent him the first script and three days later his agent called and said, 'Tim loves it.'"

Just because he jumped on board, that doesn't mean audiences can expect Burton to make the switch over to TV. "I enjoyed doing this TV series, just because it was interesting to have a different pace, a slower kind of burn," the director said of helming a television series. "But obviously, for me, I still love movies. I still think there’s a place for movies these days."

Season 1 of Wednesday is available to stream on Netflix.

Source: Twitter

Jacob Martin is one of Denver Broncos last edge-rushing hopes for 2022

Martin was traded to the Denver Broncos on Nov. 1, during the team’s bye week. The trade brought Martin, a Colorado native, back to his home state.With the team’s positional core being depleted with injuries, the hope was that Martin would bring some much-needed depth.In his debut as a Bronco, Martin recorded his first sack and had a solo tackle. While the team is currently down, it seems that Martin has brought some new bursts energy with him.Martin was born and raised in Aurora, CO.He played defensiv...

Martin was traded to the Denver Broncos on Nov. 1, during the team’s bye week. The trade brought Martin, a Colorado native, back to his home state.

With the team’s positional core being depleted with injuries, the hope was that Martin would bring some much-needed depth.

In his debut as a Bronco, Martin recorded his first sack and had a solo tackle. While the team is currently down, it seems that Martin has brought some new bursts energy with him.

Martin was born and raised in Aurora, CO.

He played defensive end at Cherokee Trail High School. Martin finished an impressive senior season with 44 tackles (27 solos), eight tackles for loss, and 5.5 sacks.

In 2014, he made his collegiate debut in Week 1 against Vanderbilt. Martin spent the season as a core special teams player and made some contributions on defense. His first career start came in Week 10 vs. East Carolina.

As a sophomore, he recorded his first career sack against Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg and recovered his first fumble at East Carolina.

In his junior season, Martin was awarded a single-digit jersey. Temple awards single digits to players designated as the toughest players voted on by teammates. Unfortunately, he suffered a broken foot late in his junior season in 2016.

However, Martin finally earned an opportunity to become a mainstay at starter when the Arizona Cardinals drafted Temple teammate Haason Reddick in 2017.

Martin immediately made the most out of the chance.

He played in all 13 games in his senior season. In Week 4, Martin strip-sacked South Florida quarterback Quinton Flowers, recovering the ball and taking it back 44-yards for a touchdown.

That year, Martin was a second-team All-American Athletic Conference pick. He finished the year leading the team in sacks (8.0), second in tackles for loss (11.0), first in fumble recoveries (2), and tied for second in forced fumbles (2).

The Seattle Seahawks drafted Martin in the sixth round as the 186th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Despite no starts, Martin appeared in all 16 games in his rookie season and had two forced fumbles.

On August 31, 2019, the Seahawks traded Martin with outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo and a 2020 third-round pick to the Houston Texans in exchange for Jadeveon Clowney.

In Week 12 against the Indianapolis Colts, Martin recorded his first sack as a Texan. In the AFC Wild Card game against the Buffalo Bills, Martin sacked Josh Allen and recovered a fumble in their 22–19 overtime win.

While in Houston for three seasons, Martin had 10.5 sacks, 54 tackles (24 solo), and four forced fumbles. He scored for the first time of his career with the safety in 2021.

On March 17, 2022, the New York Jets signed Martin to a three-year $16.5 million deal.

But then, on Nov. 1, 2022, Martin was traded along with a 2024 fifth-round pick to the Denver Broncos for Bradley Chubb and a 2024 fourth-round pick.

He said of returning to his home, Centennial State, “It makes my heart happy,” per

Per Pro Football Focus, Martin has 13 quarterback hurries, 1 hit, 3 sacks and 1 forced fumble this year. His 66.5 overall grade ranks him 53 among NFL edge rushers in 2022.

For the Broncos, he started his first game with the team in Week 10 against the Tennessee Titans. And while the game was a disappointing loss for Denver, Martin shined. He recorded his first sack as a Bronco and had a solo tackle.

Jacob Martin (@JacobSpeaks_) sacks the QB with the stutter/bull. The hesitation rush throws off the balance of the blocker. Martin converts to power as he strikes with inside hands/leverage & puts his blocker on skates! #passrush #broncoscountry

With the news that the team will now be down another linebacker with the loss of Jonas Griffith, they’re going to be even more reliant on Martin.

Martin and the Broncos (3-6) will take on the Las Vegas Raiders (2-7) in Denver on Sunday at 2:05 p.m. MST.


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