About Our Band Program

The Eastern High School Bands have been an important part of the Greentown community for over a century. We are proud to carry on a tradition of excellence in our musical performances. We offer concert band classes to every grade level from 6-12. Our award-winning marching band has been an 18-time ISSMA State Finalist. We offer an extracurricular jazz ensemble, a basketball pep band, and opportunities for students to perform as soloists or in chamber music ensembles. Our goal is to create positive experiences for all students so that they graduate with a lifelong love of music. Come see our students perform and support music in Greentown!


Our Band Staff

Joel Matthews, Band Director

Joel Matthews is a proud 2002 graduate of Eastern High School. While in school at Eastern, Joel was very involved as a performer in the music programs. He went on to Ball State University, where he graduated in 2007 with Bachelor's Degrees in Music Education and Trumpet Performance. Joel is currently pursuing a Master's in Music Technology online through Southern Utah University. Joel has been the band director at Eastern since 2008 and is currently the manager of the Eastern Howard Performing Arts Center.

Kara RIley, Color Guard Director

Kara Riley is a 2002 Eastern graduate who is starting her 5th year as Guard Coach. She studied dance at Kristie Wright School of Dance for 15+ years and was in the Golden Guard under Sue Walker for 4 years. Kara works in the child welfare field and works with transition-age foster youth. Her hope for the guard and band students is to facilitate a love for the performing arts while learning lessons that will carry them into adulthood.

Melissa Fipps, Band Assistant

Melissa Fipps is an Eastern graduate who assists with our Middle School band classes.