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Joyce Arpke

Mark your calendars for our STEM Band Concert!!!

Wed. March 14th, 2018 @ 6:00pm


All band students (5th - 11th grade) are playing at this concert. Band students should meet in Mrs. Arpke’s Band Room (Room #1) between 5:30pm and 5:40pm. Please make sure all instruments and music are accounted for!

Concert Dress will be black and white!

  • Black or white blouses/dresses (girls)

  • Black or white collared shirt or oxford style button up shirt (boys)

  • Black pants or skirts w/ nylons or tights

  • Closed toe dress shoes

I would like to thank each of you for your support of your band student this year. It is always a challenge working through changes with new schedules, new teachers, and new ways of doing things. I am excited to work with you and your students to continue to expand our band program at STEM. We have appreciated the donations of money for music and instruments for the band. We have put them to good use! However, there are still more items we need to make our program successful. An updated wish list can be found to the right:


Please contact me with any questions. I look forward to seeing you at the concert!

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Making Music!


We are in full swing now and your students are gaining leaps and bounds in the band classroom! I am hearing good intonation and nice phrasing and we have some songs working well. However, we are struggling with good posture. Please continue practicing at home, paying particular attention to correct playing posture and breathing. There is no time limit on practicing as long as your students are using their time effectively and are working on improving their musical skills.



Welcome to BAND! I am excited to be teaching here at STEM. Learning a band instrument takes hard work and should be a long-term commitment. You are essentially learning a new language and it takes time. Please do not be discouraged or quit your instrument without first asking for help. Many times there is an issue with the quality of your reeds or equipment that may make playing easier if addressed.


My goal is for you to love making music! I look forward to a fun and musically enriching school year!

Mrs. Arpke

Band Program NEEDS

Here is a list of needs for our Band Program. Any donations or help fundraising would be greatly appreciated!