New City School Band

The New City School Band is offered during the school year to 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students.

Music is humanity’s deepest running river of continuity. Music is the gift of a lifetime. Students that participate in music often excel in math and science The New City Band is an instrumental ensemble that makes up of several different ensembles: Jazz Band, Concert Band, Pep Band, and Percussion ensemble. The band has grown to nearly 40 members and is expected to continue to do so! To be a member of the New City band students must be in 3rd grade or higher, and enroll through the extended day office. Band meets after school Monday through Friday, alternating from full band rehearsal to small group sectionals. The designated days for full band rehearsals are Mondays and Thursdays, 3:45-5:15pm. The remaining days are flexible for small group sectionals (Times TBD). Some of our band students do participate in other after school activities such as sports, drama club, and chess. Often times the schedule allows for some students to participate in multiple activities successfully. Other times students will have to make a choice and limit their activities to a more manageable schedule. Usually students find success when they can attend both full band rehearsal and at least one after school sectional per week.

The Band performs at various events throughout the school year such as, but not limited to: The South Grand Festival, Winter & Spring concerts, The Music in Our Schools music advocacy campaign assembly, the New City School picnic, and the back to school assembly. Soloists, and small ensembles within the band also get to showcase their talents in the annual Listen To Your Art festival hosted by New City School. The festival serves as a platform to showcase the visual and performing artists from New City School and beyond. Students in the New City Music and Band Program will learn the true essence of music while developing the knowledge, dexterity, and passion to bring music to life!

In the band program, students use all multiple intelligences to:

  • master basic instrument playing technique
  • demonstrate proficiency in knowledge of music theory fundamentals
  • gain experience in solo and ensemble performance
  • perform in concerts throughout the school year
  • prepare for secondary school performing arts electives
  • develop lifelong skills: creative expression, intellectual growth, responsibility, discipline, self-esteem and teamwork

Instrument choices include: flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, euphonium, and percussion (mallet instruments and drums).

The fee for band is $850 per school year, which includes instructional materials, band t-shirt, concert performances, program expenses, and teacher salary (rental or purchase of instrument is separate). Registration for band occurs in the fall. Need-based scholarship assistance is available.

Band Director: Joe Smith Joe started at New City School in 2013. Joe has a BA in Music Education from Eastern Illinois University. Joe taught in Illinois at the high school and grade school levels for 13 years, and has more than 17 years of experience teaching. You may reach him at jsmith@newcityschool.org.