Laura Goucher
Ms. Goucher

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year!  The MHS Band Program continues the tradition of providing its members with quality musical and educational experiences that are fun, memorable and challenging, even in times of challenge and a global pandemic!

Last year got off to an amazing start in my first year with the Mahtomedi band program. It unfortunately ended with distance learning, where teachers had to triage and create ways to teach that we’ve never done before. And in the band world, that was an extra challenge. 

Whether your student is a hybrid student or a distance learner, this year things will be better than they were in the spring. I spent much of my summer taking classes and working on ways band can be taught in this new model. We have many new safety protocols in place so we can rehearse in person, and distance learners will get to be a part of the music making from their homes! 

Now more than ever, being a member of this band requires commitment, hard work and a positive attitude on the part of every individual. These are all essential components that are necessary for success and enjoyment, and are the educational outcomes developed in each individual band member. The rewards of being part of this ensemble are great, but with great reward comes great responsibility.  ☺  

f you have any questions or concerns at anytime, please contact Ms. Goucher at 651-762-5967 or send me an email at  Or better yet, seek me out in person and let’s have a good discussion.  

Again, I welcome you with enthusiasm and positivity to the 2020-2021 MHS Bands! A special welcome to our new freshmen members! May your year be successful in every musical, academic and social way!  


Ms. Laura A. Goucher 

Mahtomedi High School Director of Bands

Jazz Band I
Symphonic Band
Band 9
Our Mission

The mission of Mahtomedi High School, a driven and supportive family of Zephyrs whose individual growth enriches the community as a whole, is to ensure a transformational experience in which students are life-long learners and empathetic community members equipped with the desire and ability to explore their passions through a vital system distinguished by:

  • inclusive and safe environments where all Zephyrs belong and advocate for one another through authentic relationships
  • a culture that seeks out and honors diverse and global perspectives
  • dynamic educational experiences for varied interests
  • embracing the discomfort of setbacks as an important part of the learning process
  • a community that recognizes that success comes in many forms
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Our School
Mahtomedi High School has a heart for innovation, provides rigorous academic coursework, and supports students to explore extracurricular opportunities. Our teachers and staff are passionate and dedicated people who explore innovative ideas and teach our students new ways of thinking to support them in whatever career path they choose. Students engage in project-based learning to solve real-world problems using industry-standard technology in the nation’s first M.I.T. certified FabLab housed in a public school. Fine arts is a vital and robust part of the High School and our visual and performing arts classes include ceramics, digital art, choir, band, and event broadcasting. We also offer Flex Time during the school day when students may receive academic support, engage in college and career exploration, and connect over common interests. Over 90% of our student community engages in extracurricular activities that range from athletics to robotics. Students’ social and emotional learning is addressed through various avenues including a restorative practices approach for student behavior and through our Zephyr Link Crew mentoring program.