The Music Learning Band Program teaches the fundamentals of music and band to more than 1400 students in over thirty Dallas and Ft. Worth area schools. Each school has their own Beginner and Intermediate/Advanced Bands and all students from the area schools play together on Saturdays and for special events including the Richardson Christmas & Holiday Parade, Area Christmas & Holiday Concert, Regional Spring Tour, Spring Finale Concert & Recording Session, and more!
A student can join the Music Learning program once he or she reaches the fourth grade, however students of all skill levels are welcome to participate. The students have the option to choose any traditional band instrument they like (flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, electric bass, and percussion).
Classes begin after Labor Day with weekday classes held in the music room at MIS. Saturday enrichment classes or concerts are held twice a month in both Dallas and Ft. Worth.
Beginner Band focuses on the basics of instrumental music. By December each beginner band student has progressed enough to play their first concert. At the Christmas & Holiday Concert, band members perform arrangements such as "Jingle Bells", "We Wish You A Merry Christmas", "Excerpts from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony", "My Dreydl", and "The Little Drummer Boy". In March, the Beginning Band goes on a Spring Tour. By the end of May, students have progressed enough to play full length concerts featuring all types of musical styles including rock and swing.
Once the basics of playing a musical instrument are mastered, students are promoted to the Intermediate Band. This second year of instruction focuses more on theory and quality of playing an instrument. As members of the Intermediate/Advanced Band, students are able to play popular songs such as “Tequila”, “The Incredibles”, and “Pirates of the Caribbean”. The intermediate students also perform a Christmas & Holiday Concert, Spring Tour, and Spring Finale Concerts.
The Honor Band
Once a student has been in the band for at least one year, he is eligible to join the Honor Band. Most advanced Band members play in either the Jazz Ensemble and/or Wind Ensemble (Studio Band). The honor band is designed to give every student a musical challenge. There are several concert and jazz honor bands that any student may join. Being a member of an honor band requires additional practice time and effort, but the rewards are well worth it. These bands rehearse one night a week and perform many concerts through out the year. From Classical to Jazz from Rock and Roll to Big Band, the honor bands offer a fun learning experience for all young musicians. The honor bands are consistently invited to perform at many area and regional events. They have been invited to play in Las Vegas, NV and Orlando, FL.