Belfast Area High School has a new face in its Fine Arts Department. Those who have been to a recent game, the homecoming assembly or parade — or have attended the latest fall concert — will have noticed the school has a new music teacher. He hails from Ohio, although most recently he was teaching music at Lee Academy, and David Coffey is already making himself known in the music scene at BAHS and beyond.

Coffey holds a bachelor of music degree from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio; and a master’s in music education from the University of Dayton, Ohio. An avid performer, he has kept very busy throughout his teaching career. He served four years as music director for the Dayton Boy’s Choir; formed a pop a cappella ensemble, We are Sparta; and served in various leadership roles while simultaneously teaching and coaching various extracurricular activities.

Coffey can be found between two schools, as BAHS is presently sharing him with Troy Howard Middle School. Coffey aspires to make music more accessible to the public and, of course, to teach and share his passion with his students. Senior Sarah Berry said, “Coffey brings new energy and makes students want to be involved in the music program.” In his biography, Coffey said, “music is surely one of the major threads that holds us together.”

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.