Off to a great start!

Thanks to all the families who showed up to the family potluck and information night on Sept. 16! We saw some new faces and were thrilled to partner more closely with the theater group.

Several of you expressed interest in getting involved with Music Boosters. If you would like to learn more about volunteer roles, email

Also note that all Board meetings are open, and we welcome your involvement. Our next board meeting is currently scheduled for Monday, Sept. 30, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Nathan Hale Choir Room.


All music students and families invited!

We’ve decided to skip the Sept. 10 Music Boosters meeting and instead focus on getting everyone to attend our first-ever Performing Arts Welcome Dinner! Mark your calendars and plan to be there:

  • What: Performing Arts Welcome Dinner
  • When: Monday, Sept. 16, 5 – 7 p.m.
  • Where: The Commons at Nathan Hale High School

All music and theater students, along with their families, are invited to bring a dish to share, meet the performing arts teachers, and learn about our programs, including upcoming auditions, travel opportunities, and other extra-curricular events.

See you soon!

Hale Jazz Band 2019-20

Below is a tentative list of students who will be in the Hale Jazz Band this year. There are still some auditions going on. The list should be finalized by next Tuesday. For those who auditioned and did not make the band, please contact me if you want clarification on what areas you need to address for future auditions.

Hale Jazz Band 2019-20

Alto 1 – Mattias Mulchi
Alto 2 – Open
Tenor  – Cooper Cox
Tenor  – Ben Saelens
Bari -  Open
Trumpet 1 – Rachel Schmidt
Trumpet 2 – Toma Handelman
Trumpet 3 – Ike Biever
Trumpet 4 – Avery Callahan
Trumpet 5 – Will Lewis
Trombone 1 – Josiah Guynes
Trombone 2 – Peter Lin
Trombone 3 – Will Chesnutt
Trombone 4 – Dani Brady
Piano -  Jordan Scherr
Kira Apodaca
Guitar – Evan Wheeler
Bass – Rose Barnes
Vibes – Eli Porter
Drums -  Kyle Gough

Jazz Band Auditions Posted

The auditions this year for the 2019-2020 band for Brass and Saxes will held at Nathan Hale High’s band room on the following dates:

Brass: Monday, August 26th from 9 to noon.

Saxes: Tuesday, August 27th from 9 to noon.

It will be first come, first serve so come at any time during the audition period for your instrument.

Here are the PDF’s for the Brass and Saxes. Both selections are up to you as to how fast you’d like to play these pieces. I’d rather have clean than sloppy! The hierarchy of what I listen for is in order: Tone, Time/Rhythm, Feel, Intonation, Style, Dexterity and Range (brass) in particular.

Be prepared to play any of the 12 major scales, chromatic scale (brass for range, saxes for dexterity), improvise on concert Bb minor Blues and sight reading. If you have an optional one-minute selection that will also help me understand your level of ability, go ahead and play it.

The results will be posted on this website as well as posted on the band room door.

Any questions or concerns contact me at:

Have a great summer! Mr. Rowe

New Family Welcome Night!

Know anyone who will be new to Nathan Hale in the fall?

Help us spread the word in the community that Tuesday, June 11, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., is Welcome Night for incoming families to Nathan Hale High School.

There will be a short presentation in the Performing Arts Center followed by time to mingle, ask questions, buy school Raider gear (t-shirts, sweatshirts, etc.), and learn all about the student clubs, sports teams, music and theater programs, robotics, volunteering, and more.

We encourage current families to come, too! You might learn something, and you can help create a welcoming environment and share your experiences.

Music Parents: Get involved!

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes to make a successful music program? Do you rely on our young musicians to tell you what’s going on but feel like you’re missing something?

Be in the know by getting more involved. We need new Board Members to join our vibrant Nathan Hale Music Boosters. Make a difference with your great ideas and energy! Ready to join the board for the 2019-20 school year (or at least sign up to learn more about volunteering with the Boosters)? Send us an email or learn more…

  • How? Stop by our Boosters information table at one of our last performances of the year. Board Chair Carolyn Price will be there to answer your questions and welcome your support.
  • When? June 5 (Orchestras & Wind Ensemble) or June 12 (Vocal & Jazz Band and Concert Choir); both shows start at 7 p.m.
  • Where? Nathan Hale Performing Arts Center (Info. table will be in the foyer near the bake sale.)
  • Why? Our teachers and students rely on Music Boosters’ support to ensure all students at our school have access to a top-quality music program that enriches their education and our community.

Did you know that the school district provides less than one dollar per student for our music program?  Be part of the Boosters and help our music program thrive!

Thanks for your support. We’re getting better every year!

Jazz Band/Vocal Jazz Rhythm Section Auditions

Auditions for Hale’s Jazz Ensemble’s rhythm sections are coming up on Sunday, June 9th, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm in the NHHS Band Room.
If you play piano, bass, drums, or guitar, we want to hear you!
Be sure to download and fill out the audition form below, then find and print the auditions pieces for your instrument.
If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to Mr. Rowe (Jazz Band) or Ms. Ewell (Vocal Jazz) at or

In Harmony,

Erica Ewell and Dan Rowe

ALL instrumentalists auditioning, please complete the following form and bring it with you to your audition:

For Bassists:

For Guitarists:

For Drummers:

For Pianists:

Musicians Jazz It Up

The school year is winding down, but not the music calendar. We have a lot of great events coming up, so mark your calendars and spread the word. Thanks!

May 19 (Sun) – Jazz musicians (vocal and instrumental) perform at the Royal Room starting @ 5:30 p.m.

May 23 (Thurs)Jazz Swing Dance, with FREE lesson! The fun happens in the NH Commons starting @ 7 p.m.

May 24 (Fri) – Jazz Band performs at Folk Life in the Armory starting @ 4:15 p.m.

June 5 (Wed) – Orchestras and Wind Ensemble give final performance in the NH Performing Arts Center starting @ 7 p.m.

June 11 (Tue) – Future Family Night welcomes incoming musicians; in the NH cafeteria starting @ 7 p.m.

June 12 (Wed) – Vocal & Jazz Band and Concert Choir give final show in the NH Performing Arts Center starting @ 7 p.m.

June 14 (Fri) – Wind Ensemble performs at graduation ceremony at the NH Athletic Complex starting @ 6:30 p.m.

Vocal Jazz Audition Tracks

Hello! I’m so glad you’re considering auditioning for Hale’s Vocal Jazz choir for the 19/20 school year! Below you’ll find the backing tracks for Fly Me to the Moon in 2 different keys. Be sure to choose the one that is right for your voice part.
Feel free to email me at if you have questions/concerns!

In Harmony,
Ms. Ewell

Soprano/Tenor (Key of C Major)
Alto/Bass (Key of Ab Major)


  • Mattress Fundraiser 2019

Thank you, parents, students, staff, and community, for helping us make our first mattress fundraiser a big success! We raised a lot of $$ to fund our fantabulous music program, and we had a lot of fun!