The Big Blue Band was founded with the opening of the school in 1969. Over the past 48 years, we have built a rich history while providing music education to thousands of students.
The current band program serves over 410 students. Ensembles include Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band I, Concert Band II, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensembles, and Winter Guard as well as many chamber music groups.
Meet the Staff and get to know the directors that lead the Big Blue Band.
We seek to provide our students with the highest quality supplemental teachers which includes our talented Private Lesson Staff and Auxiliary Staff. These talented individuals help our students succeed to their highest potential which includes our All–State Musicians.
The Big Blue Band Marching Band is made up of students from all concerts bands. The Big Blue Band has a long history of great traditions, pride, and excellence. The marching band performs at all North Mesquite HS pep rallies, North Mesquite HS football games, and at marching band contests and exhibitions.
The Big Blue Band Marching Band consistently achieves 1st Division ratings at the Texas UIL Marching Band Competition, has advanced to the Area Finals the past three opportunities, and in 2012 and 2014, was named the Alternate to the State Marching Contest.
The Big Blue Band is made up of five concert band ensembles. Every student signed up for band auditions to be placed in a band class. Ensemble placement is based on a series of criteria including the audition itself, participation in the All–Region and Solo and Ensemble Contests, participation in private lessons, and general conduct.
The North Mesquite High School Jazz Band is an afterschool program overseen by Mr. Lance Walker. The Jazz Band comprises of saxophones, trombones, trumpets, and rhythm section. Generally, the Jazz Band rehearses afterschool twice a week.
The Jazz Band regularly performs at our Holiday Concert in December, the Senior Honor Concert in the Spring, and at the Mesquite ISD Evening of Jazz, coordinated by Mr. Walker which is an evening dedicated to celebrate the various jazz band programs from across Mesquite ISD. The Jazz Band is essential to the community outreach of the Big Blue Band.
The Big Blue Band Winter Guard program includes the Varsity and Junior Varsity squads. Each squad competes in their respective divisions of the North Texas Colorguard Association. Each squad utilizes flags and twirling weapons to accompany their choreographed dance routines. Big Blue Band members are eligible to be in both their regularly scheduled band class and either Winter Guard squad.
Interested students may also apply to be a member of the Big Blue Floor Crew which support our Winter Guard squads by helping transport the specially designed performance floor tarps and by cheering on their friends as the squads perform.