2019 – July News

New Palestine Band Director Farewell
It’s impossible to capture what all Director Humphries has meant to the New Palestine Band Program in a website news post, but “Thank You Mr. Humphries!” from everyone at NPHS!

On Tuesday, July 9th, 2019, Shawn A. Humphries announced he was leaving New Palestine High School after 20 years (15 as Director, 5 on the Marching Band Staff) to become the Southport Middle School Band Director, a move that will allow him to be closer to home and have more time with his wife and two young children. Thank you to his family as well for the understanding, the compassion and allowing him all of those long hours and weekends over the past many years. The Humphries Family will forever a part of our Band Family.

He has left the program in amazing shape. New Palestine Band is a growing and a well-oiled, competitive machine thanks to Mr. Humphries’ tireless work and hours poured into the program. All the accolades imaginable; Championships, Gold with Distinction, All-Band Awards, hundreds of students going to State Solo & Ensemble, competitive Marching, Concert, Jazz, Percussion, Guard, Honor Band and Dance programs. Under Mr. Humphries, New Pal Bands have traveled the country and even commissioned new pieces of work that we remain indefinitely. In addition to all of that, Director Humphries had the vision and leadership to guide our booster group to become a solid, stable and well-run association to support our band students. He will also have life-long friendships and most importantly has left an honest, sincere  and positive impact on hundreds of band kid’s lives. Thank you, we will miss you Mr. Humphries and look forward to supporting you at Southport and look forward to seeing you at Saturday competitions in the future!


Ice Cream Social, Tuesday, July 30th, 6:30PM!
A reminder that Tuesday Night wraps up Band Camp for 2019 and all parents, family, alumni and friends are invited to see the progress so far, interact with students on the practice field and enjoy ice cream. Please show up by 6:30 PM. Don’t forget, our band calendar can be found HERE and please watch this page and the New Palestine Band Facebook Page for updates including a cancellation of the Saturday, August 3rd practice and possible addition of another competition in October! The first day of school is Friday, August 2nd. Have a great year students and get after it, make us proud and work hard for those great band kid grades!