St. Johns Fine Arts Programs

St. Johns has a long history of excellence in the arts, boasting programs that mentor hundreds of students from grades K-12. St. Johns is committed to supporting art opportunities for students throughout our district.  

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Redwing Marching Band Receives Highest Rating for 37th Year in a Row

On October 10, 2022, the St Johns Redwing Marching Band hosted the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA), District V Marching Band Festival on the St Johns High School football field. Thirteen bands competed for a rating in front of judges, including Fulton, Fowler, Ovid-Elsie, Ithaca, Beal City, Pewamo-Westphalia, Carson City, Perry, Bullock Creek, Alma, Laingsburg, St Johns, and Owosso.

The St Johns Redwing Marching Band received the highest rating from all three judges, with an overall rating of a one. This is the 37th year in a row that St Johns has received a one rating.

Band director Roy Davis has led the band for 19 of those years.

“The band's success rests in the awesome band students and a supportive community,” Davis said.

St. Johns Redwing Marching Band Fall 2022


2022 St. Johns Marching Band in parade on Main Street.

St. Johns Public Schools is known for its outstanding band program. Students have the opportunity to start playing an instrument in sixth grade and continue through twelfth grade. Many of our students leave the program and continue to play at colleges throughout Michigan. 

At St. Johns Public School, we have the following programs:

  • 6th Grade, 7th Grade & 8th Grade Band
  • Freshman Band
  • Concert and Symphonic Level Bands
  •  Marching, Pep, and Jazz Bands

We participate in:

  • the MSBOA Marching Band Festival and Concert band festival.
  • the St. Johns Mint festival Parade, Veterans Day Parade, Santa Parade, and Memorial day parade.
  • the Lansing Silver Bells Parade
  • America's Thanksgiving Day Parade every other year in Detroit. 

We host:

  • The Marching Band Festival, Concert Band Festival, and Solo and Ensemble. 


Grades 8-12 

Roy Davis

Grades 6-7

Photo of Middle School Band director Mike Scholes

Mike Scholes

SJPS Marching Band receives straight "1s" at MSBOA Marching Band Festival in Owosso                         

Our St. Johns Redwing Marching Band  received 1s from all three judges with an overall 1 rating for the 38th year in a row.   The Redwing Marching Band, Redwing Marching Band Boosters, and director Mr. Roy Davis would like to thank the St. Johns Community for their continued support of our students.  

Link to St. Johns High School Facebook Page for Theater

2023 Theater Adventure

Photo of the Spring Play at the Middle School



The ability to problem-solve.

The ability to work well with others.

The ability to meet deadlines.

The ability to adapt to change.

The ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing.

The ability to think on their feet.

The ability, and the willingness, to make decisions, and to accept responsibility for those decisions.

The ability to build a strong work ethic.

The ability to develop strong organizational skills.

Finally, the gift of creativity!

St. Johns High School Fall Musical 

The St. Johns High School Theatre Department was proud to present Roald Dahl's Matilda, a musical based on the 1988 children's novel by the same name. The story centers on Matilda, a precocious girl with the gift of telekinesis, who loves reading, overcomes obstacles caused by her family and school, and helps her teacher to reclaim her life. 

Matilda StaffMatilda was under the direction of Mr. Barry Palmer, Mr. Josh Heethuis, Mr. Jarod Moyer, Mrs. Dawn Flynn, Mr. Luke Smith and our incredible choreographer Ms. Madison Shutes.  

St. Johns has competed in MIFA's theatre competition since its inception.  With countless state qualifications and 12 state championships, St. Johns has a proven track record of excellence in competition.  St. Johns takes a 45-minute cutting and competes at the district and regional levels each year, with the ultimate goal of qualifying for the state festival.

The competition production is primarily student-led.  The directors will hold auditions and crew interviews in November each year.  Once the cast and crew list is posted, rehearsals are held daily Monday-Friday and occasional Saturdays from December through February.  Competitions take place on Saturdays from the end of January through mid-February.

For additional information about MIFA theatre events in the state of Michigan, please visit the MIFA website.

The current competition theatre directors are Jackie and Nathan Charneski.  Please contact one of them if you have any questions or would like more information.

Mrs. Charneski: (989) 227-4284 or

Mr. Charneski:


The Forensics Team allows students to compete as a team representing their school, performing in individual public speaking and acting events.  The forensics season typically takes place from the end of February through May.  Students travel to schools around the state on various Saturdays during this time to compete in tournaments against other schools.  Students have the opportunity to earn individual awards as well as school awards.  The Forensics Team is able to attend these tournaments through membership in the Michigan Interscholastic Forensics Association (MIFA) and Michigan Speech Coaches Incorporated (MSCI).


  • Broadcasting - Students prepare a 5-minute news broadcast with international, national, state, and local news, sports, weather, and a 1-minute editorial about a chosen article from the news copy.

  • Extemporaneous - Students have 45 minutes to prepare and present a structured speech based on a current event using a file of research that they have prepared in advance.

  • Impromptu - Students have 6 minutes to prepare and present a structured speech interpreting a quote and supporting their interpretation with examples.

  • Informative - Students perform a 5-8 minute speech informing the audience about a topic, complete with visual aids.

  • Oratory - Students perform a 7-10 minute speech that is persuasive.

  • Sales - Students perform a 5-8 minute speech selling a product or service, complete with visual aids.  

  • Duo Commentary - 2 students have 30 minutes to work together on a presentation providing perspective on a given topic.


  • Dramatic Interpretation -  Students perform a 5-8 minute cutting from a play or film script.

  • Prose - Students perform a 5-8 minute cutting from a short story or novel.

  • Duo - Two students perform a 7-10 minute cutting from a play, film script, or novel.

  • Multiple - Three to eight students perform a 10-15 minute cutting from a play, film script, or novel.

  • Poetry - Students perform a 5-8 minute poem or collection of poems centered around a common theme.

  • Storytelling - Students perform a 5-8 minute cutting from children's literature, folk tales, or mythology.

  • Program Oral Interpretation (POI) - Students perform a 5-8 minute cutting from multiple genres centered around a common topic.

For additional information about MIFA forensics, please visit the MIFA website.

Forensics Coaches

Mrs. Jaclyn Charneski:

Mrs. Mallory Harden:





The High School Orchestra is marching in the parade for homecoming 2022.

St. Johns Public Schools features a terrific orchestra program lead by Mrs. Jenn Parker. Students have the opportunity to start playing an instrument in sixth grade and continue through twelfth grade. 

At St. Johns Public School, we have the following orchestra programs:

  • 6th Grade, 7th Grade, & 8th Grade Orchestra
  • High School Concert Orchestra
  • High School Symphonic Orchestra

We participate in:

  • SJHS Homecoming Parade
  • Fall, Winter, Spring Orchestra Concerts
  • Solo & Ensemble
  • Band & Orchestra Festival
  • Performing at various community events

To access the St. Johns Orchestras website for more information and to view the current calendar of events CLICK HERE

Grades 6-12 Orchestra Director:

Photo of Orchestra Director Jen Parker

Jennifer Parker


St. Johns High School Choir

Students at St. Johns Public Schools have the opportunity to singing beginning in elementary music programs. They then can continue all the way through High School. Many of our students perform in musicals as well.

At St. Johns Public School, we have the following programs:

  • 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade Choir
  • 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade & 12th Grade Choir

We participate in:

  • musical theatre productions at the Middle School and High School level. 

Grades 6-12 Director: 

Jarod Moyer


6-12 Visual Art 

SJPS offers comprehensive Visual Art curriculum in our Middle and High School settings.   Classes include: 

  • 2D Design using a variety of media including painting, drawing, printmaking, and collage. 
  • 3D Design including sculpture and ceramics.  Our art studios are equipped with kilns and throwing wheels where students practice both hand building and wheel throwing skills and techniques
  • Opportunities to showcase student work including local, Lansing area, and statewide art shows. 

Visual arts class classes are lead by highly qualified instructors who are certified in visual arts education K-12.  

Classes at SJMS are lead by art instructor Mr. Jared Fromson

SJHS Visual Art classes are lead by instructors Mrs. Britta Astle and Mrs. Kathy Heystek  


Elementary Visual Art and Music

St. Johns Public Schools provides comprehensive art and music education in each of it's 4 elementary schools K-5.  Students have opportunities to explore, create, perform, and grow in the arts.   Art and music education is taught by certified art and music education specialists who are experts in their field and are committed to giving students positive experiences in the arts at the elementary level.  

Students attend art and music classes once every 4 days.  Music classes include experiences in vocal and instrumental music, movement, and music history.   Art classes include exploring the use of multiple art media and study of a variety of artists, styles, and time periods.   

Elementary Art classes are taught by instructors Mrs. Kelly Parsons at Riley and Eureka Elementary Schools and Mr. Josh Gove at Oakview and Gateway Elementary Schools.  


Elementary Music classes are taught by instructors Mrs. Shirley Ries at Oakview and Gateway Elementary Schools and Mrs. Larissa Clark at Riley and Eureka Elementary Schools.