Welcome to the Ashland Public School 
Instrumental Music Website!

AHS and 8th grade bands

AMS Wind Ensemble

AHS Band


The Ashland Public School band program is a cumulative course beginning in 5th grade and continuing through 12th grade. During these 8 years of study, students will progress through several stages, constantly applying and adding to previously learned material. In the beginning, students will focus more on the physical technique and coordination of playing their musical instrument. During the middle years there is increased emphasis on becoming fluent in the universal language of music notation. (Mathematics is the “grammar” of music, which may explain why so many studies show increased math and language test scores for music students.) As students’ technique and reading skills develop, a larger focus is placed on the artistic and expressive elements of music making, and students discover the spiritually rewarding aspects of performing and listening to music. Along the way, additional skills such as teamwork, leadership, critical listening, and public performance are developed as well. With currently over 300 students enrolled and more joining each year, the Ashland band program continues longstanding traditions of public school instrumental music education while using 21st century technology and methodology to bring the band experience to increasingly higher levels of excellence and achievement.


Brian Koning

Mindess School and Ashland Middle School


Darren Maule

Ashland High School


All Ashland instrumental music concerts and events are listed on this page. You can link our Google calendar to yours so you can easily keep track of any upcoming events.

Nothing is more inspiring for a student musician than attending a great concert! Here you can find links to event schedules for various professional and school music performance venues nearby.

The schedule for all Mindess in-school instrumental group lesson classes.

Studies and testimonials on the importance and benefits of instrumental music education.

Information about the different band instruments, including descriptions, video clips, maintenance tips, and advice for buying and renting instruments.

Find out about the Ashland Public Schools After School Private Lesson Program. Learn about the instructors and how to register for private lessons.

Tools and suggestions to help students make the most of their practice time at home.

Want to help the Ashland Band Program? Here is a list of big and small ways parents and community members can help out.

Find out about Smart Music software that you can use with a PC or Mac to make practicing more fun and productive.

The official page for the Ashland Music Association. The AMA is a group of parents and community members dedicating to supporting the Ashland Public Schools band and chorus programs.