Dear Parents:


As a sixth grade student, your child finally has the opportunity to do what so many successful students have done before them, Be Part of the Band!


We know that for many of you, this will be your first exposure to music education and I wanted to take a brief minute to share some information with you.


Attached to this letter is information regarding our program and an instrument selection event. This is a time where you and your child can explore the different instruments and get help choosing the instrument that will give them the best chance of success.  If you are unable to attend, you can contact me for further help or visit the instrument demonstration pages at


Music education is more than just playing an instrument. It is immersing your child in a culture of successful students and teachers who care about education. It challenges each child to use the creative side of his brain while, at the same time, learning a foreign language…MUSIC.


All of the current data clearly states that students involved in music education academically out perform their non-musical counterparts. But, more importantly, studies are showing that music students are less likely to engage in risky behaviors such as drugs and alcohol.


Every destination starts with a decision to embark on a journey.  Now is the time to start your child in music and Poplar Bluff Junior High Band is the place to do it. We can’t promise that every child will be a musical prodigy, but we can promise they will learn, laugh, and grow along the way.


Should you have any questions about band or your child’s participation, please feel free to contact me using the information listed below.




Stephen Winters


p.s. If you would like to know more about the individual instruments or band in general, please visit