HOW TO JOIN THE BAND
ABOUT THE NEWMAN SMITH BAND
The Newman Smith High School band is one of the largest organizations on campus and consists of a 200 member marching band, 3 concert bands, percussion ensemble, jazz Band and color guard. The NSHS Band has enjoyed 40 plus years of growth and success in all musical endeavors. Students in the band are also members of many other clubs, organizations and sports teams on and off campus. Being a member of the NSHS band means you will receive a well-rounded education and surround yourself with others who share a passion for music.
WHY JOIN THE BAND
Makes You Smarter - Scientific research has proven that musical training builds intellectual skills, raises IQs, increases spatial-temporal intelligence, improves memory, and develops creativity. As a result, children who play a musical instrument do better on average in school than those who don't. In a recent study of SAT scores, students with music education scored 53 points higher on verbal and 39 points higher on math.
Teaches Discipline - Music students learn that if they apply themselves, they can master a skill and achieve results they want. Learning to play a musical instrument teaches self-discipline, the value of persistence, and the rewards of hard work. Studies have shown that music students are involved in fewer discipline problems, less crime, and less substance abuse than non-musical students.
Increases Self-Esteem - Music is a self-expression. Performing music in public, individually, and as a member of a group, builds confidence. Making music means every musician plays a part that is important to the group.
Relieves Stress - Music helps calm the mind. It's been shown that music students experience less test- and performance-anxiety than students who don't study music. And according to studies, college-age musicians are emotionally healthier than non-musicians.
Is Fun & Social - Playing music in a group teaches teamwork, ways of working together, and the joy and rewards of group accomplishment. Band and orchestra members share efforts and experiences, and are often friends for life.
Consider this study from a Harris poll showing how more musically inclined kids tend to also go farther in education:
65 % of those with a high school education participated in a music program
That figure climbs to 86% for college graduates
It reaches nearly 90% for post graduates
And if income matters to you, note that 83% of people earning $150,000 or more per year participated in school music programs.
TROJAN MARCHING BAND
The Trojan Marching Band consists of all students enrolled in the band program. Students meet separately during their concert band period during the school day and rehearse together after school. Summer rehearsals begin prior to the start of the fall semester.
The Trojan Marching Band is the most visible part of the NSHS Band Program and is one of the most successful organizations at NSHS. The group performs at all pep-rallies and Trojan varsity football games, as well as competing at UIL Marching Contest, Bands of America Marching Contest, and hosting its own marching festival, the Carrollton Tournament of Champions.
All members of the NSHS Band Program are placed into one of three concert groups. Auditions occur each semester. The Wind Symphony consists of the most accomplished musicians in the band program. This award winning group is a perennial UIL Sweepstakes recipient, as well as having been recognized for outstanding performances at numerous music festivals. The Symphonic Band is dedicated to the continued development of quality student musicians in the band program.
This group has also been recognized for superior performance at both UIL and various music festivals. The Concert Band is committed to the improvement and maturation of younger students, both musically and academically. All three concert groups perform several times during the spring including at the pre-UIL and UIL contests, the spring trip festival, and the year-end spring concert.
The award winning NSHS Color Guard is our dance team that performs with the band during our halftime and competition shows. They are the visual effect in the our shows that incorporates dance along with various types of equipment including flags, rifles, sabers, and props. Color guard is open to all non- musicians in the school. Please visit our color guard page for more information about the color guard and auditions.
The NSHS Jazz Program consists of two jazz ensembles selected through auditions each May. Students in the jazz ensembles must also be enrolled in one of the three concert groups. The Jazz Program strives to foster an understanding of the jazz idiom and provide quality performance opportunities for its members.
The award winning NSHS Jazz Ensemble I is recognized as one of the most outstanding high school jazz ensembles in the region through superior performances at area jazz competitions. Both Jazz Ensembles perform a fall concert and a spring concert, as well as competing at several area jazz festivals and at a regional or national festival each spring.
All percussionists are placed into percussion ensemble class. During the fall semester these students perfect their marching routines. During the spring semester, the percussion ensemble presents a percussion concert and performs as part of the three concert bands. In addition, this group participates in various drum line contests during the fall and at UIL solo & ensemble contest in the spring.
Members of the band program have the opportunity to develop their skills and excel in a variety of ways. In the fall, students may audition for the All-Region Jazz Ensemble and the All-Region Band. Many members advance from All-Region to the Area level and on to the Texas All-State Band which performs in San Antonio in February. In the spring, students perform solos and ensembles for student recitals at NSHS and at UIL competition. Many members of the Trojan Band receive scholarships to continue their music study in college. Numerous members also excel academically and are among the most recognized students at NSHS.
ALL ABOUT THE BAND - MARCHING SEASON
Marching Season last from August to November
WHAT DO WE DO
Support our football team
Play music in the stands
Perform a halftime show
Parades and pep rallies
Marching band competitions
A physical is required to participate in marching band. Click here for more information on how to get a physical completed before marching season begins.
MARCHING BAND REHEARSALS
3 weeks before school starts
Monday – Friday - 8am to 4pm
Before and After School
First Day of School to End of October
Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays - 3:15 to 6:45
CONFLICTS - WE MAKE IT WORK
The marching band schedule allows students to participate in band AND to participate in other activities, sports, or study for academic classes. This includes football, basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, track, soccer, tennis, golf, choir, theater, and many academic activities.
If there is a conflict WE MAKE IT WORK!!
IS MARCHING BAND WORTH IT - YES!
We learn a fun and exciting halftime show, learn amazing and fun stand tunes, travel to all the football games, attend competitions around the area and state, and perform at many pep rallies during the year.
CREDIT FOR MARCHING BAND
You earn a PE and Fine arts Credit at the SAME TIME!
Students who participate in marching band do NOT have to take PE in High School!
ALL ABOUT THE BAND - CONCERT SEASON
Concert Season last from November to May
WHAT DO WE DO
Perform concerts throughout the year
Perform at various functions and events
Compete at Solo and Ensemble contest
Audition for All-Region, All-Area, and All-State band
Participate in UIL Concert and Sight-Reading contest
Compete at the State Solo and Ensemble contest in Austin, TX.
Big trips to cities including Orlando, Los Angeles, New York, etc…
Newman Smith Band has three competing concert ensembles
Wind Symphony, Symphonic and Concert Bands
and Winter Guard
AUDITIONS FOR BAND
Every student will audition to be placed in one of our three bands.
Auditions will occur in May before the next school year begins
Audition music will be passed out to all 8th graders in April.
The high school band directors will travel to all middle schools to
listen to all 8th graders who want to join the HS band.
CONCERT BAND REHEARSALS
Each band has its own class period.
Specific class periods will be announced at the beginning of the year
After School Rehearsals
Sectional rehearsals for the 1st and 2nd bands are at before or after school
Begin in January and end in April
ONLY ONCE A WEEK!
Concert season does NOTconflict with any sport or activity on campus!
You can do Band and ANY activity, sport, or other academic organization at
Newman Smith High School!
STEPS ON HOW TO JOIN THE BAND
First select BAND as one of your electives!
Participate in all band events at the middle school
Practice your audition music for next year (given in April)
Audition with High School band directors in May
Get your physical done! Click here for more info
Attend the NSHS band spring marching camp in May
ENJOY YOUR SUMMER!
Begin Summer Band Camp on July 26, 2021
PLEASE READ DETAIL INFORMATION BELOW
HOW DO I JOIN BAND?
Easy! All students must choose BAND as an elective to be in the high school band. ITS THAT SIMPLE! If you have any questions, just ask the middle school or high school directors. We will help you!
WELCOME TO OUR FAMILY!
Now that you are enrolled, the high school directors will pass out audition music at your middle school in April. PRACTICE!! We will then come to the middle school to listen to you play your audition music. Results will be posted at the end of May!
SPRING MARCHING CAMP
Before you leave for the summer, we want to train you how to march, give you all the music you will need for the next marching season, and meet the members of the Newman Smith Band!
SPRING MARCHING CAMP
SUMMER BAND CAMP
Before school begins in August, we need to prepare for the upcoming marching season. We need to teach you the show, help you learn our stand tunes, teach you how to march and play, and prepare you for the first football game in August.
Summer Band Camp Starts
July 26, 2021
IMPORTANT INFO ON SUMMER BAND CAMP - PLEASE READ
In order for us to be prepared for the upcoming marching season, we must begin rehearsals on July 25th. This means we need to have EVERYONE in attendance. So, we are asking all parents to please DO NOT schedule ANY vacations from July 26th to the first day of school in August If you are traveling out of the country, we ask that you PLEASE be back home by July 25th so students can participate in summer band. Freshmen students who do not attend summer band will be SEVERELY behind the rest of the band and will not be able to participate in the halftime marching show. The entire band will know almost half the show before the first day of school. Since they have never marched before, there is no possible way a freshman could catch up. Students who do not attend summer band will still be accepted into the program, however, their role within the marching band will be very limited. Please note that all football and volleyball players will be reporting to practice during the second week. All athletes will practice with both their teams and the band during summer band. We work out the schedule with the coaches so band members can participate in both
SUMMER BAND CAMP SCHEDULE
Please go to our calendar page to see our summer band schedule
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. Can my child handle marching band and academics?
Yes. Marching season builds not only a great work ethic but great time management skills. Marching band is definitely a time commitment but the rewards and skills learned are many and lifelong. The average band student will maintain a higher grade point average during marching season than at any other time of the year. It is at the end of marching season when you must be very careful. Students suddenly end up with agreat deal of extra time on their hands and tend not to use it wisely. Seek out a parent of an older band student to gain valuable insight into the management of marching band, academics and time Remember…band students are among the highest academic achievers at Newman Smith High School!
2. Can I do band and athletics?
Yes. The coaching and band staffs work very well together to accommodate students and most school activities. There are a number of band students who are involved in athletic sports like football, volleyball, baseball, basketball, wrestling, tennis, soccer, softball, bowling, track and cross country. Coordination, communication, and flexibility are necessary to make this work. Don’t forget that marching band does fulfill your P.E. credit!
3. Is marching band physically challenging?
Yes. Marching band is physically challenging and you will sweat. However you need no prior experience to learn. The act of learning to march can be physically awkward in the beginning but becomes a more natural physical activity over time. Remember…every ninth grader will be starting with the same level of experience and knowledge and will have the same reservations that you do.
4. Does my student have to be in marching band?
Yes. Our curriculum does not include a performing group for non-marchers in the Fall semester. All students will have the opportunity to participate at some level with the exception of some band students who participate with Fall semester sports that directly conflict with the band schedule. We will work with you!
5. What kind of commitment is my student making for marching band?
In order to march in the fall show (“show” is the term the band uses for the performance at half-time on Friday night), a student must participate in the following:
August band camp held at Newman Smith High School
Marching band practice during school on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays practices
Students must also be enrolled in band class during school. In addition to performing half-time at the football games, marching band members participate in at least 3 to 4 all day competitions each fall. Report times for band events vary and will be announced to the students as the season continues.
6. Can parents volunteer to help the band?
The Newman Smith HS Band Boosters are ALWAYS in need of volunteers! If you have not registered on our website, please do so right now. The site also has lots of volunteer and contact information. You can contact any board member from our website and send them an e-mail.
7. How much money does it cost to be in the band?
That depends on the level of participation of your student. Each student is required to purchase a few band supplies. There is a fee to cover expenses not paid for by CFB ISD. We are conscientious of your money and keep our costs down as much as possible. You must also purchase or rent a quality instrument to play in the band. Some instruments like the euphonium, tuba, french horn, oboe, bassoon, tenor sax, and baritone sax are rented from the school. Many expenses associated with supplies and uniform accessories will be one time purchases.
8. Are students required to attend all events?
Students are required to attend all events on the band calendar that pertain to them. In some instances academic eligibility will not allow students to attend some events. We make every effort to inform parents about all band activities. Please make sure to utilize our web site
9. Does my student need to audition to be in band?
Band members only need to sign up for band class on their class selection sheet to be “in”! Students will be placed in one of the 3 bands based on auditions with the high school band directors.
10. Who should I contact if I have questions?
Start with Mr. Jason Myers at email@example.com
So what do we do now?
Watch the practices when you get a chance.
Support your child.
Participate in our fund-raisers!
Get ready for an exciting 4 years as a Newman Smith HS Band parent!
Our mission is to continually offer the finest quality education to our students in all facets of the program and to impart an understanding of the values of self-discipline, hard work, commitment, and teamwork. We encourage our members to always strive for excellence, and to continuously improve themselves in their advancing education in the program. We instill leadership values and offer numerous opportunities for members to advance as leaders in the guard. Along with receiving an artistic education, our students learn the importance of responsibility, goal setting, motivation, and integrity before receiving their diploma. Strong values and educational excellence are the traits that we find essential for members of our program. We are continually blessed with gifted students who excel in various subjects and are academically superior throughout the school. We believe a fine arts education plays an immense role in the academic success of our students. It is truly a team environment where we instill in our students that only collectively will we succeed. Together the members are committed to continually improving their skills. Many of our members develop lifelong, enduring friendships. It is the thrill of performing and the lasting friendships that truly makes our activity great.