Hi, my name is Jan Newman and I teach 6th, 7th and 8th grade bands, 7th and 8th grade guitar and one class of 6th grade Music Lab. I am also the Music Department Chairman here at Blue Ridge Middle School. I graduated from James Madison University as a flutist, with a degree in Music Education. I began my career in 1987 in Bedford, Va, where I taught band grades 7-12 for 4 years, then moved to Park View High School in Sterling for 3 years. I've been at Blue Ridge ever since, and love it!