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 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!

The New City Band is an instrumental ensemble that makes up several different ensembles: Jazz Band, Concert Band, Pep Band, and Percussion ensemble. The band has grown to nearly 30 members and is expected to continue to grow! 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 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, alternating from full band rehearsal to small group sectionals. Students usually find success when they can attend both full band rehearsal and at least one midday or after school sectional per week. 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.

The Band performs at various events throughout the school year, both at school and around town. Past performances have included The South Grand Festival, The Music in Our Schools music advocacy campaign assembly, the New City School picnic, and the back to school assembly. The band also performs Winter & Spring concerts at school. Soloists and small ensembles within the band also have the opportunity 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 visual and performing artists from New City School and beyond.

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).

Brian Elder, Band Director

Band Director

Brian has been teaching for over twenty years in both independent and public schools. He earned a BA in Music and a BA in Political Science from the University of Missouri, and a Masters in Music Education from Boston University. He is currently completing an Educational Specialist degree from Lindenwood University. In addition to teaching K-12 music, Brian has nine years of experience teaching social studies, including American History, Civics, and World Civilization. Brian is a union musician in St. Louis, performing with the Gateway Festival Orchestra, the University City Symphony Orchestra, and his own ensembles. When he is not teaching, Brian enjoys spending time with his wife, Robyne, and their two sons, Will and Charlie, and coaching youth sports.