About the Program
North High School is proud to offer five curricular band ensembles, including symphonic band, concert band, Jazz I, Jazz II, and marching band.
The Iowa High School Music Association sanctions our high school band competitions and events. Through involvement in band, students learn valuable life skills including teamwork, concentration and focus, and confidence.
Students in Action
Photo by Gene Knudson
North High Marching Band Takes the Field in Full Uniform
The NHS Band program offers students a balanced, comprehensive study of music through 3 curricular ensembles. Opportunities are provided for students to develop their skills at all stages of musical development through small group and large group study. All of our students enrolled in band are encouraged to be nominated or prepare audition material for honor bands and festivals. Students demonstrate their learning during class and through evening performances throughout the school year. Students that are interested in band and are new to NHS or did not participate in MS should reach out to one of the directors as we would love to provide you an opportunity to make music.
High School Jazz Bands are auditioned ensembles that meet regularly outside the school day. They perform and compete at several jazz festivals throughout the winter and early spring. Jazz Bands at North High include the award winning North High Jazz 1, Jazz 2, and Combos.
The Marching Stars is comprised of all band students grades 9-12 and rehearses outside of the school day to bring students from all three of the curricular bands together. The Marching Stars march at home NHS football games and travel on Saturdays to participate in Marching Band Festivals throughout the midwest during the months of September and October.
Color Guard is a group that uses flags, sabers, dance, and movement to enhance the performance of the Marching Stars. This group is a volunteer group and has auditions in the spring.
The North High School Pep Band plays more popular music and helps to energize our crowds and support our teams.
Starfest is an annual marching band festival hosted by North Stars Band. School bands from Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota compete in the event, which is held every year on the last Saturday of September at Morningside College’s Elwood Olsen Stadium. Bands interested in registering a band for the competition should contact one of the directors at North High School for more information.
The North High Band program attends and hosts many events throughout the school year. The program’s continued success is reliant on student, parent, and community volunteers. There are many opportunities for people to volunteer for the North High Band including:
- Band Camp
- Concession Fundraising
- Tailgate Fundraising
- Football games
- Band Competitions
Contact any North High band director to learn more about volunteer opportunities.
Meet the Directors
- Kamal Talukder
Mr. Talukder holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Iowa. Mr. Talukder is the Head Director for the NHS Bands and co-teaches 7th and 8th grade band at NMS.
- Pat Toben
Mrs. Toben holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from The University of South Dakota and a Master’s degree in Educational Policy and Leadership Studies from The University of Iowa. Mrs. Toben is the Associate Director for the NHS Bands and co-teaches 6th and 8th grade band at North Middle School.