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What are you waiting for?

If you're not in band, you're missing out on what's happening! Consider this - you're new to the school and although you had some friends last year you are interested in exploring new ones. Or you've been holding back from getting involved in extra-curricular activities your first year in high school, because you didn't know what the workload would be like and you haven't connected with a social group on campus. And, you have a passion for music and a craving to learn how to play an instrument. Well, band is where it's at.

Band is an excellent opportunity to gain 100 instant friends and do something you all have an interest in - music. Even if you've never picked up an instrument - if you have the passion we will teach you how to play. Over the course of the year students have been known to learn as many as three instruments in support of different ensembles (Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Jazz Band and Percussion Ensemble).

But learning music and how to play an instrument is just half of the benefits of this program. The band competes at a number of events throughout the state and country, which gives students the chance to socialize in a variety of settings. Plush buses, overnight trips, dinners at local restaurants and interaction with thousands of other students from other schools who have the same desire as you - to have fun and connect with friends.

So if you're ready, let's get started ...


NPHS Bands receive SUPERIOR ratings at Northwestern University Northshore Festival!

The NPHS Wind Ensemble, Concert Band and Small Groups all received Superior ratings at the Northshore Festival in Chicago, IL in spring 2013.

On Thursday, Mar. 22nd, the NPHS Band took flight from Los Angeles International Airport to O'Hare Airport in Chicago. It was a four-day trip including seeing a memorable concert at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, a Blue Man Group concert, taking a stroll down Michigan Avenue, a walk on Navy Pier, a trip to the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower, a day at the Museum of Science and Industry and dinner at Giordano's (Chicago-style pizza), Ed Debevic's and Medieval Times.

It was another trip that students will not soon forget.

NPHS Band at Navy Pier


NPHS Bands take 1st and 3rd place!

The NPHS Wind Ensemble and Concert Band took 1st place and 3rd place, respectively, at the Heritage Festival in Washington, DC in spring 2012.

On Thursday, Mar. 22nd, the NPHS Band took flight from Los Angeles International Airport to Dulles International Airport in DC. It was a five-day trip filled with concerts, monuments and museums, including seeing a fabulous concert of the Capitol Bones (a trombone concert) and the Army Blues Band at Fort Myers and a rehearsal of the "President's Own" band at the Marine Corps Barracks; visiting the Capitol Building, the White House, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial (once during the day and once at night), the Jefferson Memorial, Mount Vernon, Arlington Cemetary, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, the World War II Memorial, the Iwo Jima Memorial, the Korean War Memorial and the Vietnam War Memorial; and browsing through the National Air and Space Museums (both of them), the Holocaust Museum, the National Museum of American History, the National Museum of Natural History; the National Museum of Art; and the National Archives.

Students were treated to an experience of a lifetime of music education and national history.

NPHS Band at the White House


A welcome address to the parents and freshman class at Boston Conservatory given by Karl Paulnack, pianist and director of the music division at Boston Conservatory

One of my parents' deepest fears, I suspect, is that society would not properly value me as a musician, that I wouldn’t be appreciated. I had very good grades in high school; I was good in science and math, and they imagined that as a doctor or a research chemist or an engineer, I might be more appreciated than I would be as a musician. I still remember my mother’s remark when I announced my decision to apply to music school, she said, "You're WASTING your SAT scores."

On some level, I think, my parents were not sure themselves what the value of music was, what its purpose was. And they LOVED music, they listened to classical music all the time. They just weren’t really clear about its function. So let me talk about that a little bit, because we live in a society that puts music in the "arts and entertainment" section of the newspaper; and serious music, the kind your kids are about to engage in, has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with entertainment. In fact it’s the opposite of entertainment.

Let me talk a little bit about music and how it works.


from Dennis Crystal, Director of Instrumental Music

"Greetings! Thank you for taking the time to check out the official website of the Newbury Park High School Instrumental Music Department. It is our mission to provide the students at Newbury Park with a top notch music education, extraordinary performance opportunities, and a laboratory environment where young people can learn and develop critical life skills like dedication, leadership and excellence."

"I hope that you find this site full of useful information and will consider it your resource to maximizing the opportunities that exist within our department. As the director of this program, I am here to serve the students and parents of this community. If there is anything at all that I can do to help you, please do not hesitate to contact me."