Significant teachers and mentors:
Unlike other individuals who had been greatly influenced by their instructors over the years, one of Mr. Hefner's biggest influences was a man who instructed him outside of the music world. Dr. Stephen Steele, his 6th grade science teacher, in addition to Mr. Sternberg, and Dr. Stephen Parsons.
Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise:
Paul's teaching philosophy put simply is that music is capable of so many things. One of his favorite things is how music can bring a diverse group of people together to share the same passion and accomplish the same goal, which is to make great music and have fun while doing it. His goal is to promote this type of diverse collaboration and hopefully, pass on a legacy that brings people of many different backgrounds together for the same purpose.
Professional affiliations & activities:
Mr. Hefner is also involved as the Principal Trombone FullScore Chamber Orchestra, Young At Heart Advisory Board, and Windjammers Unlimited Circus Music.
Interests outside of music:
Outside of the music world, Paul enjoys spending time with family, and fitness training.
Favorite composer or piece to play:
Antything Brahms, Mahler, Jack Teagarden, Bobby Hackett.