Welcome to Salk Band

Salk Marching Band
  •  Welcome to Salk Band!

    The Salk Band program is a place for all students to succeed and find their passion in the performing arts.  Check back throughout the school year to see what we are up to!  


    Please Welcome Ms. Payton Ritchy, our MIT Student Teacher from Whitworth University!

    Ms. Payton Ritchy

    My name is Miss Ritchy, and I am thrilled to be doing my student teaching here at Salk Middle School! I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Eastern Washington University, where I graduated in June of 2023. My primary instrument is the Bass Clarinet, which I believe is the best instrument ever. I also play the Clarinet and enjoy singing as an amateur vocalist. If you're in the classroom with me this year, you'll have the pleasure of witnessing my attempts to play all the wind instruments.

    I am currently pursuing my Masters in Teaching (MIT) degree at Whitworth University. This MIT program is an intensive one-year course, which means I will be here with you all for the entire year. I feel fortunate to have this opportunity. As a first-generation college graduate, I am incredibly proud of my achievements.

    Outside of school, you can find me going on walks with my two dogs, traveling with my partner, taking care of my many house plants, crocheting, baking, or spending time with my family. I come from the small town of Wilbur, Washington, which has a population of around 850 people, most of whom are involved in farming wheat and canola.

    I am extremely passionate about becoming a future teacher and creating a safe space for students to be themselves and express themselves freely in my classroom. My passion for teaching began when I worked at a daycare for six years, where I witnessed children blossom through the encouragement of trusted adults in their lives. I am greatly looking forward to this opportunity with all of you.

    Thank you


    Stay informed with Remind!  

    We will use the Remind text service to communicate information for each class.  Be sure you sign up for the correct class:
    6th Grade Beginning Band- text the message @jmcmurte to the number 81010.  
    Advanced Band- text the message @jmcmurter to the number 81010.  
    Jazz Band- text the message @salkja to the number 81010.
  • Class Schedule:

    1st Period- African Drumming

    2nd Period- 6th Grade Beginning Band

    3rd Period- 6th Grade Beginning Band

    4th Period- Prep

    5th Period- Advanced Band

    6th Period- Advanced Band