Music is an integral part of the educational experience at TAISM. At our school, all 6th grade students have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument in our beginning band program and sing in choir. As a result of this experience, our students build a solid foundation in singing and instrumental music that they can build on through middle and high school. As they progress in 7th and 8th grade, students are granted more choice in which area to specialize in music; either band or choir. At the high school level, 9th-12th graders can elect to play in the Concert Band, Jazz Band or both, and many choose to continue playing throughout their high school careers.


Our middle and high school band program is inclusive of all ability levels, focusing on collaboration, community and the development of individual and ensemble skills. High school students continue to have the opportunity to study in multiple areas of the visual and performing arts and participate in high level music making, performing both at TAISM and abroad at festivals such as AMIS Honor Band and the SAISA Band Festival.

Learning an instrument and participating in an ensemble setting provides students with tremendous opportunities for personal growth, expression, leadership, community building, self-discipline, problem solving, and much more. These are 21st century skills that will benefit students in their lives and careers no matter what path they choose. Finally, and most importantly, as a result of their foundational music education here at TAISM, students will have music as a creative outlet for the rest of their lives. They will be able to play or sing with other musicians anywhere in the world, regardless of language, culture, age or creed.

Recently performed literature includes the following:

  • Cappriccio on Three Japanese Children’s Songs – Yo Goto
  • Jungle Dance – Brian Balmages

  • Air for Band – Frank Erickson

  • Yorkshire Ballad – James Barnes

  • Electricity – Brian Balmages

  • Dinosaurs – Dan Bukvich

  • Jumpin’ at the Woodside – Count Basie arr. Rich DeRosa

  • Cottontail – Duke Ellington arr. Mark Taylor

  • Creole Love Call – Duke Ellington arr. Mark Taylor

  • Nardis – Miles Davis arr. Paul Murtha


Currently we are working on: 

  • Bayou Breakdown – Brant Karrick

  • Snakes – Thomas C. Duffy

  • Alligator Alley – Michael Daugherty

  • Cajun Folk Songs – Frank Ticheli

  • Just a Closer Walk with Thee – adpd. Custer

  • Man in the Mirror – Michael Jackson

  • Waiting on the World to Change – John Mayer

  • Superstition – Stevie Wonder arr. Paul Murtha


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