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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.


Julie Bounds

Concert Band – Symphonic Band – Wind Ensemble –

Jazz Band 1 – Jazz Band 111

Marching Band – Pep Band


 Julie Bounds is the Director of Bands at Santa Teresa High School where she is in her 12th year of teaching instrumental music. Ms. Bounds directs the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band I, Jazz Band III & the Ukulele Ensemble, in addition to overseeing all of the many other music programs that Santa Teresa High School & STMAA offer.
Ms. Bounds is a proud graduate of the University of Oregon where she graduated magna cum laud with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education with an emphasis in Percussion Performance. She also completed a Masters of Music Education degree from Northwestern University with an emphasis in conducting and instrumental education.

As a percussionist Ms. Bounds has performed throughout the bay area. She has performed with the Chabot Wind Symphony, West Valley Jazz Orchestra, San Jose Wind Symphony, Master Sinfonia Orchestra, and Octobop Jazz Octet. She is currently the Past President of the Santa Clara County Band Directors Association and has served on their board of directors for nine years. She has served on the California Music Education Association’s Bay Section Board of Directors, California Band Directors Special Projects Team, and is currently the site host for the CMEA Bay Section Jazz South Festival and Music in the Parks Festivals in the Spring.

In her spare time, Ms. Bounds has a blog that focuses on the daily trials and tribulations of being a high school band director and trying to run a program on a “thrifty” budget. You can read her “Thrifty Band Director” blog at http://thethriftybanddirector.blogspot.com. Ms. Bounds also enjoys presenting on the topics of composition and improvisation in the classroom and the use of social media in education.

 Eric Dabel

Marching Band (Brass)

IMG_2588Erik began playing Trombone in the 6th grade under Nancy Farmer, continued with her at Herman Intermediate School, and then went on to Santa Teresa High School under Paula Peplow. He then studied music at San Jose State under the tutelage of Robert Szabo and Thomas Hornig, receiving a B.A. in Music in 2004.

Since graduating, Erik has played with nearly every symphony on the Peninsula, several musical theaters, big bands, and countless other groups. Erik currently plays Co-Principle Trombone with Redwood Symphony, lead Trombone in The South Bay Trombone Choir, and he appears regularly with Children’s Musical Theater of San Jose.

Erik has been teaching brass sections since reappearing at Santa Teresa in 2003, and has done the same at Gilroy, Los Gatos, Foothill, and Leland High Schools. He also maintains a Trombone, Baritone, Euphonium, and Tuba private lesson studio in the South Bay.

Eric can be contacted at : erikdabel@sbcglobal.net




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