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Instrumental Music Joel Poppen

Hello! I have been teaching in the Ankeny Community School System since the fall of 1991.  At Ankeny High School I serve as Lead Instrumental Music Instructor, Co – Director of the Ankeny Marching Hawks, Director of the 11-12 Concert Band, and Director of Jazz Lab. I spent my first three years in the Ankeny school district teaching 5th and 6th grade instrumental music students at East Elementary and Southeast Elementary.

I graduated from Charles City High School, performing in ensembles under the direction of Bob Gower, Gene Martin, and Ray Holtz. I then received my  Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance and Jazz Studies from Coe College studying with Paul Smoker and received my teaching certification from University of Northern Iowa.

I like to spend my free time following and listening to my sons Andy and Ben as they perform music in the Des Moines Metro area or following and watching my son Cole play or coach soccer. My wife, Josie, is an instructor of technical theater at Drake University specializing in costume design, costume construction, and stage makeup.

I am very passionate about sharing my love of music, especially the power it has to communicate emotions that are impossible to communicate verbally.

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