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Welcome Letter


Dear STMAA Members,

Welcome to the 15/16 school year from the Santa Teresa Music and Arts Association! Students have already started preparing for the marching band season, and Band Camp officially starts on Wednesday, July 29 at 8 am. It seems like school just got out, and activities for next year are already starting! For details about the Marching Band schedule, please go to 600building.com.

The STMAA Board values parents’ input at our STMAA Board Meetings. The first meeting will be held on Monday, July 27 at 7 pm in the band room at Santa Teresa. You are all welcome, and we encourage your input.

We’ve got an amazing music program at Santa Teresa, and, together with Music Director Julie Bounds, STMAA is the parent organization that supports all the activities of the music program at Santa Teresa.

Here are a couple of quotes showing how the lives of both students and parents are affected by Santa Teresa’s amazing music program:

I can’t even begin to explain how the ST Marching Band has benefitted my life. The program has taught me how to respect my peers and authority, maintain a balance in life (academic and social), made me an incredible musician, and most of all, it gave me the opportunity to show off how hard work can benefit not only yourself, but all the people around you. It was an incredible honor to be in the program; I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. (Joey Edsberg, Santa Teresa Music Program alumnus)

As a parent, I see the ST band program as one of the best choices and most rewarding investments I have made for my two children. Both of them developed quality friendships and a love for music at the same time as they increased their musical knowledge and skill. My appreciation of and affection for you (Ms. Bounds) and your program is deep! (Michael Payne-Alex, STMAA parent)

Welcome to STMAA, and please work with the STMAA Board to help our students have the best musical year possible!

Gretchen Ehlers,

STMAA Board President

Donate to the band program

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

If making a donation to the music marathon please put "music marathon" in the reference area on the payment page