Associate Director of Annandale High School Bands
Scott Niehoff is currently in his 16th year as a part of the Annandale HS Band staff as the Associate Director of Bands and is also Director of Bands at Edgar Allan Poe Middle School, where he has been for the last 14 years, his 12th as the Director of Bands. (He previously served two years as the Assistant Director.) The Poe Band Department is very strong with 220+ students enrolled in the 6th Grade Beginning Band, 7th/8th Grade Beginning Band, 6th Grade Intermediate Band, Concert Band 1, Concert Band 2, Percussion Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Poe Symphony Orchestra (PSO), and Jazz Band.
Since joining the AHS Band Staff in 2000 as Assistant Drumline Instructor, he was promoted to Head Drumline Instructor and Assistant Director of the AHS Marching Atoms in 2005. In 2012, Mr. Niehoff was appointed Associate Director of Bands and assists Head Drumline Instructor Matt Halligan teach the Annandale HS Drumline.
After student teaching at Annandale HS in the Fall of 2000, Mr. Niehoff graduated college in 2000 from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music (Winchester, VA) where he received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education Degree. While there, he double majored in Instrumental Music Education and Choral Education with emphasis in Percussion (Marimba and Timpani) and double minored in piano and voice. In 1999, he also earned and received his Church Music Certification.
Throughout his music career, Mr. Niehoff has performed with the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra, Fairfax Wind Symphony, and the Washington Chorus (with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center). He has been an adjudicator for numerous festivals and events around the region, been host to the District Ten Solo and Ensemble Festival, and is a member of the National Association for Music Education, Virginia Band and Orchestra Association, and the Fairfax County Band Directors Association.
In addition to his job as band director, he is also a student mentor, part of the Poe MS Leadership Council, AHS MYP Project Supervisor, private percussion instructor, and the Associate Worship Leader at Pender United Methodist Church in Fairfax. In addition, he is the keyboardist and vocalist for the "Sean Niehoff Band", whose debut album was released in October 2012. He is also owner and photographer of his small business "Still Waters Photography of Virginia".
In his free time, he loves to travel, spend time with friends and family, take pictures, practice percussion, piano and guitar, compose Christian worship songs, and listen to Jazz music.
"My priorities in my life are God, Family and Friends, Music, and living the best life I can while trying to make as much of a positive difference in my kids' lives as I am able. My students are such an important part of my life. They are a part of my family and I love them as if they were related to me. I love music and I love kids. What better way to combine my passions than do what I do? It's a no-brainer."