St. John of the Cross (SJC)

Welcome to the SJC page! This page will have a few purposes but will mostly be used to host different pieces of related information.  


"Music is to the mind as air is the body."

-Plato, Philosopher

Important Dates

"Music has a power of forming the character, and should therefore be introduced into the education of the young."

-Aristotle, Philosopher

  • Registration opens August 6th!

  • Band Demonstration (4th-5th grade) - September 1st during school day.

  • Band Pairing Optional (4th-5th grade) - September 2nd after school and by appointment only.

  • Band, Piano, and Ukulele begin the week of September 14th.


“How is it that music can, without words, evoke our laughter, our fears, our highest aspirations?”

 -Jane Swan

  • Band is a great musical experience offered to all 4th-8th grade students.

  • Every band student will receive one group lesson and one rehearsal/open guided practice per week.

  • Lessons schedules will be displayed at your above request.

  • For more information about the band program, please visit:

Beginning Band 

“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.”

-Billy Joel


“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.”

-Victor Hugo

  • Piano (K-3rd)/Ukulele (2nd-3rd) is a great musical experience.

  • Every piano/ukulele student will receive one group lesson per week (Maximum of 8 students per class).

  • Lesson schedules will be displayed at your request (above).

  • To find out more information about the piano program, please visit:


“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”

-Bob Marley

  • Mr. Portillo is back!

  • Mr. Portillo was the Band Director at SJC from 2008-2017 and again 2019-present.

  • Mr. Portillo believes in the value of teaching music and leans heavily on appreciating music through laughter and mastering music through hard "fun" work.