2019 – May News

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Gift Shop
Immediate need, we are opening our annual gift shop Friday, May 10th and need your help asap! Please join our private Facebook group for New Palestine Bands and then click on the Signup Genius link. Thank you!

2019 Marching Band Theme Announced
We are excited to debut “The Climb” this fall, we can’t wait to share more news soon!


Packed House for the Spring Concert
Thank you to everyone that came out to support the Spring Concert. It was a showcase of amazing talent and hard work by the 7th and 8th Grade Bands, New Pal High School Bands and Jazz Band.  Congratulations to the High School Band program for once again being designated for the “All-Music” Award by ISSMA.

2019 – April News

2019 Marching Band Informational Meeting
After a winter and spring of great success for our Winter Guard, Winter Percussion, Jazz Bands and Concert Bands, focus is now turning back to the Marching Band with practice already underway for Guard. Please spread the word and join us Tuesday, April 30th at 6:30 PM in the NPHS Auditorium. You will learn tons of info on participating in Marching Band as well getting a preview of this year’s theme! We hope to see you there! If you are wanting more info on the program and/or can’t make it Tuesday night, please email npbbpresident@gmail.com.


2019 – March News

Liberty University Performance
We are excited to announce that a Liberty University Wind Symphony concert is being held in the New Palestine High School Auditorium on March 13 at 7 pm with our very own New Pal Band alumni, Sam Thrasher. Every year during spring break the Liberty University Wind Symphony goes on tour, performing at various locations around the country including the hometowns of a few of members. Two years ago LU traveled to Miami, Florida and last year they were able to travel to Mesquite, Texas. This year they are heading to St. Louis, Missouri with a stop in New Palestine!

Sam will conduct a piece for the wind symphony this semester as well, and he very excited to conduct on the stage he used to perform on! Whether you are a current member of the Dragon or an alum, whether you knew Sam or not, it is going to be an excellent concert with many fabulous musicians that you will not want to miss. We hope to see you there!


Winter Percussion and Winter Guard Updates
Both groups are in mid-season form and performing and scoring exceedingly well! A few 2nd place finishes and our amazing Glitter Dragons WON their division on Saturday at the national WGI event! Congrats and keep up the amazing work!


Butter Braid and Other Fundraiser News
Our February Butter Braid fundraiser just wrapped up and was our most successful Butter Braid order yet. Stay tuned for the delivery date! A reminder that Trash Bag and Laundry Detergent orders for March 1st will be placed in the next few days. Thank you to all that participated!

2018 – December News

Off Season. What Off Season?
The New Palestine Marching Dragons may have wrapped up another successful season, but it’s full-steam ahead for the Band Program! Students have been participating in Honor Band, working on the Holiday Concert, practicing for upcoming ISSMA Solos and Ensembles and work is already well underway for the 2019 Winter Percussion and Winter Guard season! We are in the middle of a fundraising push for new percussion equipment and there are several listed below. We are off to a great start thanks to Facebook Giving Tuesday and our very own Amanda Aldridge winning a grant for the NPBB. If you have a fundraising or sponsorship lead, please contact Meg Cade (Fundraising for Students) or Amanda Aldridge (Sponsorship Lead).

Pancake Breakfast with Santa
Please join us at the Lions Club in New Palestine on Saturday, December 8th from 8:00-Noon for a fundraising pancake breakfast with Santa. We are raising funds for badly needed new percussion equipment via donations and there will also be the annual Basket Auction during breakfast and concluding Tuesday, December 11th at the Holiday Concert. Information on the flyer below!

Below from Cynthia’s Hallmark Shop is one of the several baskets up for auction! Thank you to Cynthia’s!

Holiday Concert
Join us at the New Palestine High School Auditorium on Tuesday, December 11th at 6:30 for our annual Holiday Concert. Fundraising Basket auction will be finalized and juice and cookies will be served!


McDonald’s Night Fundraiser
As a reminder, the New Palestine Band Boosters are hosting the next McDonald’s fundraiser on Wednesday, December 12th. Our band program gets a check at the end of the night for 10% of all revenue between 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Both Drive-Thru and Dine-In sales. Tell your friends, spread the word, stop in and visit us on New Palestine Band McDonald’s Night!


Cards for a Cause Fundraiser Underway Now
This fundraiser is running for through Friday, December 21st. This very well-made and crafty cards are $30 per box and contains 30 cards. There are four styles to choose from. More than $10 per box will go in the student’s band account. (This can be used for fees, uniform costs, NYC trip, etc). The cards will be available for pick up the week we return from Winter Break. Flyers and an order forms available HERE. We will have order forms for pick up in the band room on Friday, December 7th  or at Santa Breakfast. Please feel free to contact Dawn Smith with any questions.


Mattress Sale Fundraiser
The NP Bands are raising money for their program through a mattress sale. On January 19th, the NP High School will be turned into a name brand mattress showroom where you can try out new beds. You can order your mattress and it will be delivered in about a week. Old mattresses can be removed as well. Major brands are available. Please come and help support our band. Please share this event with your local friends as they could need a mattress.

* As reminder, if you are looking for information, have news to share or an idea for content for the website, etc – please email Josh Cade. Thank you!


2018 – November News

New Palestine Wins 2018 Mid-States AAA Championship!
Congratulations to hardworking Dragon band, guard members and staff for an amazing performance in Kings Mill, Ohio. New Palestine finished 2nd in morning Prelims and then brought a ton of energy and focus and dug deep in the evening performance to win the 2018 Mid-States AAA Championship! It was an amazing season with fantastic music. Thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers for helping pull off another successful season!


2018 – October News

The Dragon is Headed to Semi-State!
Congratulations to the New Palestine Marching & Glitter Dragons as they have advanced their show,  “Tales of Mystery and Imagination” to ISSMA Semi-State. The band will perform on Saturday, October 27th at Pike High School. Performance time is 1:13 PM. We hope you can come out and cheer them on. Good luck!

Texas Roadhouse Fundraiser
Order forms are due Friday, October 26th so get your’s in soon! Orders will be ready for pickup in plenty of time for Thanksgiving. Rolls are $5/Dozen and Texas Roadhouse’s famous Cinnamon Honey Butter is $2 per cup. Gift Cards are also available in any amount, a great holiday gift! A PDF Order for can be found here! Orders will be delivered on Wednesday, November 14th. You must pickup that day as we may not have enough freezer space for leftover items.

Busy Days Ahead!
While Marching Band is in full-swing, and fall concessions are starting to wind down, please note all of the upcoming events over the next three months. Dates are posted to the right (or at the bottom of the page on a mobile device). We have a family picnic, community performance, Honor Band, a pancake breakfast and holiday concert all on the schedule. Keep an eye out for signups as some of these events will require parent help.



2018 – September News

Show Time!
It’s finally here, all the hard work is hitting the field with the first competition this week! The New Palestine Marching & Glitter Dragons perform “Tales of Mystery and Imagination” this Saturday at the Brownsburg High School Invitational at 6:45 PM. We would love as many people as possible to come out and support the band. Just show up and look for our cheering section. We’re usually mostly dressed in red… and pretty loud! We hope to see you there and good luck to the Dragon!


Fall Concessions
Interested in helping the Band Program man the concession stands at New Palestine High School events? We’d LOVE your help and anyone can volunteer! We have already been working football, soccer and volleyball games this Fall and need all-hands-on-deck for Friday night football games. To signup, click the SignUpGenius link and if you have any questions, please contact NPBB Concessions Manager Carolyn Pinnick. We are flexible, we will work with you around your work schedule. Thank you!


New Palestine Mid-States Marching Competition
Have you heard? New Palestine High School is hosting an Inaugural Mid-States Marching Competition at Kelso Stadium on Saturday, September 22nd. We are setting the stage for our kids (and kids around the tri-state area) to have one of the best performance, competitive, and learning opportunities of their high school band career. Are you in? We hope to see lots of people from the community come out and enjoy the day. You can also volunteer to help if you would like to be involved with this great event! Take a look at the spaces to be filled on SignUpGenius and please direct any questions to Marlene Brauchle, NPBB Contest Coordinator. You will be given clear and concise directions and expectations so that you will be successful. It’s genuinely a memorable and fun day you won’t forget!


Band Picnic & Candlelight Vigil Rescheduled
Due to the flooding rains, we were forced to delay the band picnic that was scheduled for Saturday, September 8th. It will now take place on Saturday, October 20th. There will be hot dogs and hamburgers provided. We ask that each family pitch-in with a 2-liter and a little something to share. Winds and Brass please bring a side-dish. Guard & Percussion please bring a dessert. It can be homemade. It can be store-bought. Come as you are. There will be videos playing of past  performances and many stories will be shared. Kids will be in-and-out. We will also play card and board games (bring your favorite, if you’d like!). Please reach out to Brenda Hoffman if you have any questions.

2018 – August News

Band Camp Complete, On With The Show
A fantastic band camp wrapped up culminating with an ice cream social and debut performance of our 2018 show “Tales of Mystery and Imagination” on August 1st. A huge thank you to the staff for their dedication, the band for their hard work all summer in sun and heat (and sometimes rain) and the band parents for their tireless efforts in prepping meals, sizing uniforms and building props. Good luck this Fall to the Marching Dragons! Our 2018 Performance Schedule can be viewed HERE.

First Home Football Game, Friday Night, August 17th

This is big! Shepler Field at Kelso Stadium is ready for the first home football game on the newly installed field. Your Marching Dragons will be performing “Tales of Mystery and Imagination” for the halftime show. A schedule has been shared with students and emailed via TeamSnap to parents. If you are not getting schedules and performance info, please contact the NPBB Connection Director, Marlene Brauchle at mbsingsbass@aol.com to insure we have your correct contact information.

Show Shirts Have Arrived
If you have not picked yours up yet, please contact Donnie Campbell at donniecampbelljr@gmail.com. Yard Signs and Decals are also still available to order!


Reminder, Fall Concessions Are Underway
We have already been staffing and working soccer and volleyball games and need all-hands-on-deck for Friday night football games. To signup, click on the link below and if you have any questions, please contact NPBB Concessions Manager Carolyn Pinnick at strwbry306@sbcglobal.net. Thank you!

We have new order forms posted for both Laundry Detergent and Trash Bags. Both are available year-round. Click on the links under Fundraisers or email Ways and Means Chair, Meg Cade at megcade@gmail.com.


Get Excited
Band member Aidan Campbell put together this great promo video for “Tales of Mystery and Imagination”, if you aren’t already pumped enough about our 2018 show, check this out!


Website Content and Questions
If you want to see additional info here, have ideas or questions or would like to help contribute, please contact NPBB Webmaster Josh Cade at cadejosh@gmail.com. Thank you!

2018 – June News

Band Camp Starts Monday, July 23rd at 9:00 AM
A flyer went home with all students last week with tons of info on upcoming events. If you did not receive this, please check the TeamSnap page or email Marlene Brauchle at mbsingsbass@aol.com. Enjoy your Summer Break, rest and be ready for July band camp. Please also remember the 4 Keys to Band Camp Survival!

New Palestine is Hosting a Mid-States Band Competition
You may have heard, but New Palestine High School’s Kelso Field is being turfed this summer and we will have a beautiful new field for football games and a band competition this fall. Our Mid-States competition is to be held on Saturday, September 22, 2018. Look for more information soon and please visit our Mid-States Competition page for more info on this event.

Volunteers Needed
A reminder that most Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer, band parents meet at the Band Barn at 6:30 PM and work on props for the upcoming season. No carpentry or building experience needed, someone will show you what is needed. Everything from painting to cutting tarp to building props. If you do have building experience we would love for you to become involved as many of our veteran parents are graduating over the upcoming couple of years. It’s a fun time that allows you to not only make a lot of new friends, but also be involved and make a real impact on the show. The more that are involved, the more we can accomplish. If you have any questions or want to become involved, just show up on a Tuesday or Thursday or you can email Marlene Brauchle at mbsingsbass@aol.com. Thank you!

2018 – April News

Congrats to New Palestine Indoor! 
New Palestine Indoor finished 4th in their Winter Percussion competition at Decatur Central on Saturday, March 24th with their show “Akrasia, Forbidden Magic”. They have now qualified for State Finals at Terre Haute South High School (South Vigo) on Saturday afternoon, April 7th. Performance time, 3:08 PM. Good luck!

2018 New Palestine Audio Theater. Photo Credit, Donny Campbell


URGENT, HELP NEEDED! This Saturday, March 31st.  Calling all Band Parents and Kiddos! This coming Saturday is Spring Cleaning for concession stands, and moving all of our indoor concession items (food and equipment) out to the Baseball/Softball stand and the Football stand. We are begging for some help to get this done… many hands make light work! This should only take maybe 2 or 3 hours. Even if you can only come out and sweep floors, that would help Carolyn Pinnick and her team out TREMENDOUSLY! We would love to get started as early in the morning as possible. Carolyn will be at the school around 8:00 am. Please visit our Facebook Page and comment on Carolyn’s post or contact Carolyn directly if you will be there!


Concessions SignUpGenius
It is that time again! We will be starting Spring Concessions outside for Baseball, Softball and Track. This is the perfect time to finish up your Fairshare requirements. The start times on the sign up are the times that you need to be at the stand, which is an hour before activities start. End times are not listed, as they will vary…. Please let me know if you have any questions! – Carolyn Pinnick


Band Meeting April 9th, 2018
Thank you to all of those who volunteered to make this a very successful band season. Looking forward to next year (which starts May 1st), a new band board needs to be elected. Our nominating committee contacted several parents over the last month and here is the current ballet for next year.

President: Mike Wilson
Vice President: Brenda Hoffman
Secretary: Marilyn Vazquez
Treasurer: Josh Cade
Financial Secretary: Mary Roberts
Guard Liaison: Dawn Smith
Doe Creek: Donnie Campbell
At Large: Carolyn Pinnick
At Large: Amanda Aldridge

According to our by-laws we will take floor nominations during the meeting. We will be hosting the elections on Monday, April 9th at 7:00 in the High School Band Room.


Indianapolis Motor Speedway SignUpGenius
It’s that time again. Please signup to work your shifts at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Gift Shop. We actually received our schedule early. – Matt Landis



Update, 4/2/2018, New Pal Press Coverage below!