Newton Christian School

Training to a Higher Standard


Band students in grades 5-8 receive ensemble and individual instruction on all band instruments.   Participation in band affords students the opportunity to receive private lessons, join the mass band at fall festival, play for concerts and outside engagements and partake in solo and ensemble contest.  Superior students may be selected for area and regional honor band.


Fall Festival

This fall, the sixth through eighth grade band students prepared five pieces of music to play in the Fall Festival in Pella on November 2. They worked on a march, two ballades, and two energetic pieces that taught them about rhythm, meter, articulation, and dynamic contrast. This music was a fun challenge as well as a great learning experience for the students!






















Honor Band

Seventh and eighth grade students have the opportunity to participate in honor band. Seventh grade students may ask to be nominated to participate in honor band and do not have to audition. Eighth grade students are required to audition, preparing and playing a series of scales and excerpts from two etudes. This audition will determine if they make honor band as well as the highly honorable Iowa Eighth Grade All-State honor band at the Iowa Bandmasters Association convention in May. 

Congratulations to these Honor Band participants!                                                                                                                     


















All students will have one band lesson each week. Please leave your classroom 3-5 minutes before your lesson is supposed to start so that you can get your instrument and music out and be ready to go at your lesson time.


You can earn 30 points at each lesson: Accountability (5 points), Weekly Improvement (10 points), Attitude/Effort (5 points), and Practice Log (10 points). 


You are allowed two unexcused absences per semester (for example: forgetting to come to your lesson or forgetting your instrument on your lesson day).  Once you reach a third unexcused absence, you will receive a zero for that lesson as well as any other unexcused lesson absences for the semester.


If you are sick from school or have another excused absence, you do not need to make up that lesson.


More details about how lessons are graded can be found in the NCS Band Handbook.


Fifth Grade Band Students

5th grade band students will take band lessons during the Fall semester. They will work on the basics of playing their instrument, notes, rhythm, and technique in their lesson books during their Fall semester lessons. 5th grade band students will join the 6-8th grade band students in group band, held on Wednesdays from 8:15-9:00, after Christmas Break.


Concert Dates

Fall Festival
Christmas Concert
Fine Arts Festival
Spring Program



If students are in need of new products, such as reeds or oil, recommended brands include:

  • Reeds: Please buy Rico (Orange Box) 2.5 or Vandoren 2.5 strength reeds unless Ms. Brown tells you otherwise.
  • Valve Oil: Bach or Yamaha
  • Slide Grease for Trombones: Slide-O-Mix

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