The Dragon Blast

January 2023 - New Palestine Music & Performing Arts


  • SOLO & ENSEMBLE - Event & Volunteers
  • Winter Pep, Concert & Recital Shots
  • BUTTER BRAIDS - Due 2/2
  • ... DAD JOKE!

Stay Involved & Stay in the Arts!

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Important Upcoming Dates

New Palestine Junior High

February 3rd & February 4th: Solo & Ensemble - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED (sign up below)

Full NPJH Calendar Link

New Palestine High School

January 25th 6:00pm: Basketball Band (concert band - periods 2 and 7)

January 27th 6:00pm: Basketball Band (any NPHS band students AND NPHS Staff)

February 2nd: Butter Braid orders due

February 4th: ISSMA Solo and Ensemble at NPI (Times assigned by ISSMA later this month)

February 10th: Pendleton Heights Jazz Festival for Jazz Ensemble (period 6)

February 15th: Butter Braid order PICK UP (late afternoon/eve)

February 21st 6:30pm: February concert - all NPHS Concert (periods 1, 2, 3, and 7)

February 22nd: Jazz side by side at UIndy for Jazz Ensemble (period 6)

February 25th: State Solo and Ensemble for qualifying Group 1 students

For exact times and updates, see the Calendar on New Pal Bands Website, check with your student, or with Mr. Carney.

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The kids in Audio Theater & Winter Guards have been hard at work learning their 2023 Competition Shows.

Learning dots, step offs.. move counts... +1's.... performance emotions-notes-tosses-dynamics....... all the things!!!

Nothing speaks louder than VIDEOS.

Thank you to Aidan Campbell for sharing these on the NP band FB page!

Take a peek at what these groups have been up to recently:

New Pal Winter Guard Vid

You'll need to be logged into Facebook... and like the New Pal Band page to view these videos. If you're not a member of the community page, now's a perfect time to join! :)

Competitions start THIS WEEKEND for some of our groups. If you've never been to one of their shows, I would highly encourage you to do so. So many talented kids from so many schools, all with enormous amounts of dedication, passion, and respect for each other. It's inspiring.

The season is early, but the work they put in is already evident. All these kids are extremely capable. Add in the talent, experience and guidance of their instructors and the sky-is-the-limit.

Check the calendar page (link below) and see if a particular competition works for you!

Good Luck DRAGONS!!!!!


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The time is coming for hosting an awesome event here in New Pal...


February 3rd and 4th

Last year we had nearly 1,000 students from 20+ schools along with their music directors and families from Lawrence North all the way to South Ripley.

We anticipate this year will have even more students.

We typically have 15-20 rooms with performances going on throughout the day and we need your help to make sure each kid has every chance to do their best!

Be the friendly face! Click the link below to find out how you can make an important day go smoothly for the many students who will visit us this February.

Please Email Mr. Wilson with any questions.

Thank You!!

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THANK YOU to this years Platinum Sponsors

For information about how to become a sponsor, or how to make a donation to the program, please contact our Sponsorship Coordinator.

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December Pep, Concert and Recital Shots

We Dragons are a busy group of AWESOME!

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Butter Braid order forms will be handed out January 24th.

ORDERS DUE: February 2nd

PICK UP: February 15th, in the afternoon/early evening

** these must remain frozen **

Please make arrangements to have someone available to pick up your order on 2/15. Yummo!!

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FUNDRAISER: Laundry, dishsoap, and trashbags

Thank you to everyone that continues to order from this fundraiser. Your continued support of our program is awesome. If you haven't tried it, go for it!

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I have a fear of elevators....

... but I've started taking steps to avoid it.

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Pages & Links for New Palestine Performing Arts

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Volunteer reading tutor program in all three elementary schools for the 2022-2023 school year.