Students at St. John’s receive a wide variety of music instruction. From singing and moving to recorders and band instruments, there is something for everyone!
Music is not only an integral part of our academic lives but also our spiritual lives as we learn and sing at our school liturgies. As St. Augustine spoke, “Those who sing, pray twice.” Students in grades K-5 receive music instruction twice per week for 30 minutes. Students in Junior High have music instruction once per week for 50 minutes. Students in grades 4 – 8 have the option of joining band and playing an instrument.
After graduating from St. John’s University in 2001, Mr. Case had finished his time studying in Catholic Schools and now was ready to return to teach in them. Being in Catholic education since kindergarten, going anywhere else was never a thought. He may have bounced around a few schools and parishes during his career, but he is very excited to be at St. John the Baptist in New Brighton.
When he is not teaching, he can be seen coaching athletics, chasing one (or more) of his six children, singing at church, or just spending a quiet evening with his wife, Theresa, and their dog, Zelda.
We may never know what the future holds, but he is thankful for the path God has shown him thus far.
Steve Truran grew up in West St. Paul and lives in South St. Paul. He is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College and has a Masters Degree in Jazz Trumpet from Indiana University. He also is the St. Agnes Catholic School band director for 5th and 6th grade and teaches brass, jazz, and marching band at Henry Sibley High School. He plays trumpet and bass professionally in several jazz groups. He is married to a music teacher at St Agnes and St Anne’s in LeSueur, MN. His daughter is a jazz vocalist in the Chicago area. Steve believes that every parent would have their children in band if they knew the statistics of student success from being in band. He has taught brass lessons at SJB since 2015 and is excited to be a part of this great community.