My name is Joe Lapka and I am excited to be the band director at Shortridge High School!  I am an Indianapolis native and attended IPS schools, including Shortridge when it was a junior high school.  I graduated from DePauw University with a Bachelors of Music degree, then taught for 5 years at Norwell High School in Fort Wayne and 14 years at Center Grove High School in Greenwood.  During that time my ensembles received numerous state and national awards, including concert band state finalists, percussion state champions, and marching band state and national class championships.

I have been married for 9 wonderful years to my wife Amy and I have two kids, Aiden and Lucy.  We enjoy restoring our historic cottage, backpacking in the mountains, riding our bikes downtown, and vegetarian cooking.  I believe that music plays an important role in the education of every child and feel strongly that students should have equal access to quality music education no matter where they live.  I look forward to beginning a new professional experience here at Shortridge!