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Building a strong music program is a study in music itself. No one person can do it alone. That would be a solo not a band. Over the years many guest artist have joined the Santa Teresa Music Program. Some have been for a season and some have become permanent parts of the sound that is uniquely Santa Teresa. Each has shared their talent, training, wisdom and love of music with the next generation of musicians and performers. Years of study and education have gone into their craft and passion. It is all this and more they offer in long hours of preparation, rehearsal and performances. They are teachers, mentors, coaches, role models and cheerleaders to teenagers. They are dedicated professionals and they set a high standard for students to reach for and achieve.


Katie Starnes

Concert Band – Symphonic Band – Wind Ensemble –

Jazz Band 1 – Jazz Band 11

Marching Band – Pep Band

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Dear Santa Teresa High School Band Community,

My name is Katie Starnes and I am the new band director at Santa Teresa High School. I am a recent graduate of San Jose State University where I earned my Bachelors of Music Degree in Music Education. While at SJSU, I studied Saxophone and French Horn and performed with the SJSU wind ensemble, symphony orchestra, marching band, and various chamber ensembles. I am involved professionally with NAfME and CMEA, serving on the Bay Section and state boards. Outside of school, I marched three summers with the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets as a mellophone player, and stayed involved with the organization through international trips and local community ensembles. I’ve taught marching band at several schools in the Bay Area, including Fremont High School, Saratoga High School, and Homestead High School. I greatly appreciate the warm welcome I’m receiving and I’m excited to start teaching at Santa Teresa and be apart of the music and arts community.

Ms. Starnes


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You can donate to the band program by sending a check to STMAA, P.O. Box 23761, San Jose, CA 95153 or by clicking on the Affinipay image below

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