CYMBAL looking for support for Incline student music |

CYMBAL looking for support for Incline student music

Staff report
Jim Krupa looks on as the IMS Advanced Band practices for their district competition. Jim Krupa visited the classroom several times in March to work with some of the upcoming high school freshman music students.
Photos courtesy Joy Strotz |

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Incline High School’s music program is in need of the community’s support.

The elementary school and middle school have full-time music teachers. The elementary school, under the direction of music teacher Rita Whitaker-Haun, is the only Washoe County School District school to have fifth-grade instrument instruction.

The middle school music program is beyond compare, thanks to the fine efforts of Mr. Mueller, the music teacher at IMS. The majority of students at IMS are in either band, orchestra or jazz band, and these groups have never sounded better. These middle school students are enthusiastic, and most of them want to continue music at Incline High.

The high school has a highly qualified and fabulous music teacher — Mr. Jim Krupa — who is a half-time teacher at the school. Krupa commutes from Reno daily and works three jobs.

Out of over 320 students at Incline High, only 14 students are enrolled in music because it can be difficult for them to schedule a music class when the teacher is only part time.

The concert band and orchestra have many missing parts, which creates challenges for both the teacher and students. Further, other programs like pep band or after-school choir or music classes cannot exist due to Krupa’s half-time status.

Considering these challenges, CYMBAL wants to help build the music program at the high school and to ensure Krupa has as a full-time teaching position for the 2014-15 school year.

CYMBAL has supported music programs, teachers and music education in Incline Village since 1991. This fall, the organization is heading up a raffle with prizes such as Disney Park-Hopper tickets; a helicopter ride over Lake Tahoe; vacations stays at Tahoe and Santa Barbara; SummerFest and TOCCATA season tickets; Dr. Dre Headsets; cash; and more.

Throughout April, students from all three public Incline schools will be selling the raffle tickets at $10 each. CYMBAL officials currently are seeking donors or matching donations to supplement the effort.

One donor has already contributed $10,000 toward this cause, according to a press release from CYMBAL; however, at least $7,500 is needed the end of April to ensure Krupa’s full-time position, as well as an additional $17,500 by the end of the school year.

“If we can double this funding and ensure his full-time position for two years, we will be changing the entire music culture at Incline High,” said Incline resident, parent and CYMBAL President Joy Strotz. “As proven in many studies, students will reap the benefits of music as part of their regular curriculum in everything from improved cognitive development and critical thinking skills to higher graduation rates.”

Tickets are also available online, and a complete prize listing can be found at

For more information, contact Strotz at or 775-831-8898.

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