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What are you waiting for?

Did you know that only about 20% of young people study music, but nearly every adult wishes they had? High school is a unique time of your life where you can pursue your passion for music actively before you move on to more focused study in college.

The band program at Newbury Park offers young people a chance to perform all over Southern California (and the country too!) in a wide variety of groups, learn how to enjoy hard work, be an important part of a very successful team, spend lots of time with 100 of their closest friends, and build meaningful relationships that will last for the rest of your llife.

When you join the band at Newbury Park, you are joining a family of students and parents that work hard, play hard, and love music. Not only are you going to have a great time, you are getting a very comprehensive music education that will teach you to play and enjoy music of all styles. We have two Concert Bands, two Jazz Bands, a Percussion Ensemble, an award winning Marching Band, and more. There is something for just about everybody, whether you just like to play or you want to really push yourself to acheive at a high level.

There is no reason that you should wait to be a part of something special. Even if you've never played an instrument before or know nothing about music, we can teach you if you're willing to do the work. The first and most important step is to take the leap and join up!

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."