We Are The Warriors!
Scott Himel, Band Director
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Practice Locations and Times
2005 Estates Parkway
Allen, TX 75002
The band practices from 8:45 am to 12 noon on Thursdays at Grace Church.
If you love jazz, you’ll love our new Jazz Orchestra located in Argyle at 306 Hwy 377! This band is for experienced musicians who want the opportunity to learn, grow, and play jazz. Classes will be on Wednesday nights from 6:30 to 8:00 and will begin August 12, 2020.
We are excited to announce our new additional location in Crossroads! Music Academy DFW has graciously allowed us to use their facility located at 8800 U.S. Hwy. 380, Ste. 800. Classes are on Tuesdays from 9a – 12 beginning August 18, 2020.
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1. What age does my child need to be to join band?
A. North Texas Homeschool Marching Band accepts students starting in grades 5 through grade 12. Due to the rigorous nature of marching, we have to make sure that a child has reached a certain maturity level and is able to handle both the physical nature of marching and playing an instrument at the same time.
2. Does my child need experience to join the band?
A. No. Your child does not need to know how to play before joining. Whether your child has experience or has never even looked at an instrument before, we are here to help foster the learning and the love of music and help them grow as musicians.
3. Does My child need his/her own instrument?
A. Yes. Your child will need an instrument. There are at least two ways to go about this. You can either purchase it online or in one of the many music stores we have here in the metroplex, or you can rent one. Mr. Himel, our band director, would be happy to help you pick out the right instrument for your child and proceed with the purchase/rental. He has partnered with Williamson Music 1st. Rentals through them are offered at a discounted rate to all North Texas Homeschool Marching Band students.
4. How do I know what instrument my child should play?
A. If your child already has an interest in a certain instrument, they are more than welcome to play that instrument. If they are still deciding, our band director would be happy to help make sure you pick out an instrument that is right for your child.
5. Where does the band meet for practice each week
A. We currently have 3 locations. Our Home Campus location is at Grace Church in Allen at 2005 Estates Pkwy. They are kind enough to allow us to use their facilities for band. Located behind their building is a portable building that we use for our classes.
B. Our Second location is at 8800 US-380 Ste 800 in Crossroads, Tx. This is a new location for us. Classes are Tuesdays 9am-12pm beginning August 18, 2020.
C. Our 3rd location is our Jazz Orchestra in Argyle. It is located at 306 Hwy 377. This location is for experienced musicians who want to learn Jazz. Classes are on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8 and will begin on August 12th.
D. We sometimes hear that Allen is too far to drive. We get that. Some of our families drive quite a distance for band each week. If your child really wants to be in a marching band, I ask you to consider making the drive and at least try it. What most of us have learned is that it is well worth it. If it’s just too far, we have online options as well, that some of our students are already taking part in. If you’d like to do this, please let us know and we’ll get you set up.
E. And lastly, there is the possibility of more locations in the future that may be closer to you. If you start now and one opens up, that would definitely be an easy transition. We are willing to work with your needs as much as is possible.
6. How much does it cost?
A. Tuition is $600 for the year. This can be paid in one lump sum, or in monthly payments of $50. If you pay in full by August 1st, we will give a discount of $50.
7. What is included in the cost of tuition?
A. Your tuition will include all band classes, all camps, all music, Marching Uniform Shirt, Marching Cap, Band T-Shirt, Band Camp T-Shirt.
8. Are there any extra costs beyond tuition?
A. Music Book – Standard of Excellence (Red book – available at music stores or on Amazon)
B. Flip Folder and Lyre (available at music stores or on Amazon)
C. Freestanding Music Stand
D. Marching Shoes (Usually $30-40 – We’ll place an order for these when it’s time.)
E. Instrument (See Question 4 above for more information.)
F. Private Lessons, if you choose to take part
G. Instrument Rental, if you decide to go this route
9. What does the time commitment look like other than weekly band practice?
A. Practices are once a week on Thursdays from 8:45am-12pm. During the summer, this may change to 8am-12pm. We have two band camps. The first is Beginners Band Camp at the end of May for one week. The second is Full Band Camp at the end of July or the first of August.
B. We also participate in other activities such as festivals, solo and ensemble competitions, clinics, parades, and other events that come up during the year.
C. We also have at least one fundraiser in the year. This is a pancake breakfast that is held in late summer/early fall. Keep in mind, there is the potential for another fundraiser in the spring or one or two Spirit Nights at a local restaurant. TBD.
10. Is band a normal nine month school season?
A. No. Band is year round. We take a few weeks off in December and a few weeks in early summer.
11. Do I have to pay the full tuition upfront?
A. No. See Question 6 above.
12. When is Marching Season? Concert Season?
A. Marching Season begins at the end of May with Beginner’s Marching Band Camp and goes through the last game/parade of the season.
B. Concert Season begins immediately after Marching season and goes through mid May.
13. Does North Texas Homeschool Marching Band offer private lessons?
A. Our band director, Mr. Himel, is able to offer private lessons at a discounted rate for all band students.
14. Are private lessons required? Necessary?
A. Private lessons are not required. They are also not necessary, but they are beneficial. While this is not something that we require of the student, for those that are just beginning, those that are struggling a little, or even those that just wish to grow in their talent, private lessons are recommended and available at a discounted rate to all band students. It is definitely a worthwhile investment.
15. Does North Texas Homeschool Marching Band have a Color Guard?
A. We do not have a Color Guard currently.
16. What background/experience does the current band director have?
A. Mr. Scott Himel graduated from The University of North Texas and has served 15 years as a head band director at Liberty Christian School. He currently owns Music Academy DFW, is partnered with Williamson Music 1st, and has worked with the North Texas Homeschool Marching Band for just over a year. He is a phenomenal director and fantastic with the kids.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to reach out to Ina Bullard, Parent Advisory Board Member, at the contact info listed below.