Sign up now to register your young musician for classes in piano, bells, and band! Piano lessons are available for students in grades 1-8. Weekly lessons are 30 minutes in length. Students will have the opportunity to play at all-school masses and other recitals throughout the year. Weekly classes in handbells are approximately 40 minutes in length. These ensembles perform frequently throughout the year and go on a performance tour throughout the Des Moines area every December to share musical Christmas Joy. There are two bands at St. Joseph. The Beginning (Blue) Band is for 4th & 5th grade (beginning) students. Students in this ensemble rehearse as a full band weekly for 40 minutes and each have a weekly 30 minute individual or group lesson. The Advanced (Gold) Band is for students who have played for at least 1 year. Students in this ensemble rehearse 1-2 times per week and each have a 30 minute indiviual or group lesson. Gold Band students participate in the All-City Marching Band Festival at Dowling High School. All Band students perform two school concerts per year and All-City Concert Band Festival with the whole diocese. Additionally, band students prepare a solo on his/her instrument and perform at solo contest every February. Music is an important part of everyday life. Enroll your child in instrumental music classes now so they will experience the joy of making music!

The Bell Choirs have been working very hard on preparing for their upcoming performance at Courtyard Estates in Bondurant.  The Rainbow Ringers will be performing "Saviour, Like a Shepherd, Lead Us", "I've Got Peace Like a River", and "Amazing Grace".  The Rainbows have been gotten to play the Tone Chimes during some of their rehearsals.  The Heavenly Chimes have been learning some new music such as "Immortal, Invisible, God only Wise", and "How Great Thou Art", as well as polishing old pieces like "Let There Be Peace on Earth" and "The Cherry Blossom Song".  The Sensational Six have been working on multi-movement pieces which teach them dotted rhythms.  The Bell Choirs will be performing on May 1 at 10:30am.


The St. Joseph Bands have now combined into one larger band.  Students are getting ready for their upcoming concert at St. Anthony School on April 24th.  Pieces they will be performing are "Gimme Some Lovin'", "Armed Forces March", "Camptown Races", "African Folk Trilogy", and "God Bless the USA".  We will be traveling to St. Anthony for a combined rehearsal that afternoon.


The Piano Students have been working hard individually on preparing music to perform at Four-Mile Community Center on May 8.  There final concert is tentatively scheduled for May 13 (Tuesday) at 6:30.


Please put all of these dates on your calendar.


Welcome back to another year at St. Joseph School!  I hope you all had a restful summer

and are now ready for another exciting year in Band, Bells, and Bach (piano)!

Registration forms are available on the St. Joseph web site.  Please sign up now to enroll.

The deadline for enrollment is August 28th.  Here is some important information about the

instrumental music program:






Just like last year, we will have two concert bands.  The beginning band will be called

the Blue Band and the Advanced Band (students who have played for at least one year)

will be called the Gold Band.  In addition to the two concert bands, we will be adding

an ensemble called the “Jazz 4 Jesus” Jazz Band.  “Jazz 4 Jesus” is open to any student

who already plays in the Gold Band.



The rehearsals for these ensembles are as follows:


Blue Band     Thursdays at 11:45-12:30


Gold Band    Wednesdays at 11:06-11:44


Jazz 4 Jesus  Fridays at 11:30-12:10




The first activity for the Gold Band is All-City Marching Band which is September 26th. 

The two rehearsals for this event are September 18 & 25, at 4:00 pm, at Dowling High School.






 We will have three Bell Choirs this year: The Rainbow Ringers (K-2), the Heavenly Chimes (3-5),

and the Hallelujah Ringers (6-8).  This year we will be using  Handbells in the Heavenly Chimes

and the Hallelujah Ringers.  The rehearsal times for the bell choirs are as follows:


Rainbow Ringers    Tuesdays at 1:20-2:00


Heavenly Chimes    Tuesdays at 11:45-12:30


Hallelujah Ringers  Tuesdays at 2:00-2:40




Bach (Piano)


 Piano lessons are available to any student who is in the first grade or higher.

Most of the piano students will be scheduled on Mondays, with Fridays being

the make-up day for missed lessons due to school in-service or cancellations. 




General Announcements


 Please be sure to send your children with a bag to carry all of his/her music books

back and forth to home and school.  If your child has flash cards from previous years

(Band and Piano students), please have them bring them to every lesson.

If your child does not have flash cards, we will be making them during lesson time.




Mark your calendars: October 23 is Papa Murphy's night

(E. Euclid & NE 14th Street).

A portion of the daily sales will go toward the purchase of our handbells. 

Selected ensembles will be performing in the parking lot at 6:00pm

on October 23.  Please support the instrumental music department!


It's going to be a great year in Band, Bells, and Bach! 

Please sign up now for classes!