5th grade Band students:  

Hello parents & students, if you signed up for Beginning Band & your child does not know what they are going to play, do not worry.

We have scheduled a Tryout Day on Tuesday, Aug 4th from 3-6pm.  Please email Mrs. Hirota (bethany.hirota (at) nisd.net)  to schedule a time.

Thank you!!  🙂

8th grade to HS Band:  

Taft HS

Hello, my name is Greg Mills and I am proud to be the Director of Bands at Taft and Communication Arts High Schools. I would love to invite you to be a member of the Taft Raider Band family for our 2020-2021 season. If you are attending either Taft or have been accepted into Comm Arts, please go to the following link to register to be a member of the Taft Band Program next year!


We will use the information in this registration form to keep you and your family updated for all future events. Remember, band also counts as your P.E. credit- so there is always room in your schedule for band!

Questions? On the fence about joining band? Questions about band fees? Please contact me at gregory.mills (at) nisd.net and I would love to talk to you more about this important decision! Our band family would love to have both you and your family join us!

Harlan HS 

Greetings Future Hawks,

We wanted to reach out to you through the means that many of you are functioning on a daily basis during this time of distance learning. Typically in a few weeks we would be holding our Band Experience on April 17th at Harlan High School. However, due to the current state of our social distancing and all schools being closed we will not be holding this event on campus. That being said many of you will still have questions and are in need of very vital information.

You will also have an opportunity to get an unprecedented first look into marching band and some of the concerns that new students and freshmen have coming into the month of August. We will be posting a series of lessons and videos to help to gain some insight to our marching technique and fundamentals.

This will be one of the means that we will use to get you introduced to marching band, high school and hopefully answer any questions that you might have. Lastly your audition music will be posted here so that you can start practicing. These auditions are always very relaxed and designed to be a getting to know you.

In this time we know there is a lot of uncertainty in all of our lives but as you get moving to the beat of music it will help calm much of your anxiety and bring on the hope.

Please register for the Harlan High School Band “New Member” Google Classroom code: 2nld6ag

We look forward to seeing you real soon,

Dr. Tucker “DT”

andrew.tucker ( at ) nisd.net


COVID-19 Briscoe Band/Instrument Pickup

UPDATE **time sensitive**

Kids, we miss seeing your bright & shiny faces!  We are currently working on several things:

1)  Instrument Pickup (kids with instruments at school) – My apologies for the short notice.  If your child needs their instrument, we will distribute them CURBSIDE outside the band hall door:

Today, Thursday, March 19th:  3pm – 6pm

Friday, March 20th:      11am – 1pm

Procedure:  Please drive up to the curb and let one of the directors know your Student’s Band Locker.  One of the directors will hand deliver the instrument to you. 

2) Curriculum – We are updating our Online Curriculum for next week.  We are looking at some technical and fun assignments to be added in your Google Classroom by Monday.

3)  Kids with instruments – Keep practicing what you have in your music folder.  We’ll have assignments posted soon.

Lastly, our focus for the next few weeks is to get better on your instrument, learn some music theory, enjoy playing music and have fun doing it! 

Spring Fling

Permission Form

5th Grade – Tryout Night (Feb 4th, 2020)

Spring SNAP Fundraiser 

1. Go to hwho.org and click log in / sign up
2. Join Briscoe Fundraiser
3. School code is: 
4. Add info – Shirt size etc
5. Once logged in, you can add emails & press prepare.

Music Composition Assignment (due Feb 14th):

1) Handwritten (Paperwork here)       or 

2) Digital (Instructions here) 

Turn assignments into the Band Google Classroom: xb6kp23

 Incoming 5th Grade Band Makeup Tryout

Student Registration Form


Winter Newsletters:


Intermediate / Advanced 

Last Minute Concert Reminders:


Intermediate / Advanced 

December Newsletters:




Morgan Photography


5th grade students info:

Welcome Letter & Tryout Info


Band Survey for Int / Adv 



Band Notes, Oct 1st, 2019


Beginning Band

If you are planning to chaperone at any Band event this year, you must complete a mandatory NISD Background Check.  

A link can be found here.  NISD employees do not need to complete a background check.


2019 Practice Challenge




 2019 Briscoe-Taft Side by Side – 

Permission Slip


Band Movie Party

Permission Slip

 2019 – 2020 – Band Calendar

Hello parents!  Here is the NEW calendar for the year!

Calendar - FALL

Beginning Band – Start of the Year Newsletter

 Intermediate & Advanced Bands – Start of the Year Newsletter

F.A.Q’s for Beginning Band members

Is there a Beginning Band Summer Camp? – There is no before school band event scheduled for beginners.  We will start together the first day of school!

My child has not selected or had a tryout for an instrument? – We will test out instruments for students who have not tried out instruments during class the 1st week of school.

What does my child need the 1st week of school in Band? – Students will only need their 1 1/2 inch band binder and a pencil.  We will cover music theory and finalize all student placements.   We will also be covering band rules & assigning band lockers.

What does my child need the 2nd week of school in Band? –  Students will need their instruments the second week of school.  We will give advance notice to students on the exact date.

Does my child need a lock for their band locker? –  Students do not need to purchase a lock.  A lock will be provided by the band.

Are there any band fees? –  Yes, the band fee is $80.  This covers a polo shirt, spirit shirt, masterclass and other educational expenses.   They are due the 2nd week of school.  Fees can be paid in full or in installments.

I already have a shirt from my sister/brother etc  –  We keep the same style of shirts every year to keep costs down.  If you own a Band spirit shirt ($10) or a Band polo shirt ($20), you can subtract that amount from the band fee.

Is this used instrument a good deal?   –  If you are purchasing a used instrument from a private seller, it is always a good idea to get it professionally looked at before purchase.  We recommend High School Music in Alamo Ranch.

Where are the area music stores?  –  Area stores can be found here.

Is there a calendar of events?   –  Yes there is but dates have not been finalized.  You will be able to find them on the Calendar (to the right) on the first day of school.

Can I chaperone for events?   –  We’d love for you to!  In fact, some events can not be done without parental volunteers.  The link can be found hereNote: If you work for Northside ISD, you already have your background check completed.  

How do you communicate with parents?   –  We send out handouts with students, email parents a PDF copy and put a copy on this website.  We currently are configuring our database (called Charms).

Summer Camp 2019!!!

“Briscoe Summer Band Camp” will be on Monday, August 5th – Thursday, August 8th  from 9am – noon.  This is an optional camp and is free for all returning band students.

Special Concert performance & Pizza Party on Thursday, August 8th at 11:30am!