The Instrumental Music Department at Newman is under the direction of Jared Barnes. The band program includes three main types of ensembles: Concert Band (grades 5-12), Jazz Band (grades 7-12), Pep/Marching Band (High School).
Concert Band provides students with the opportunity to learn a new instrument, as well continue their music education after general music. In Concert Band, students not only learn how to play their instruments, but they also learn how to perform within an ensemble. Students also learn elements of world cultures, Music History, Music Theory, and Composition in the Concert Band setting.
Students in grades 5-12 have the opportunity to participate in Concert Band, with students typically beginning in 5th Grade Band, followed by 6th Grade Band, a combined 7th/8th Grade Band, and finally a combined High School Band, consisting of students in grades 9-12. Each of these ensembles performs in four concerts throughout the year. Aside from concerts, Concert Band students also have the opportunity to audition for All-State, participate in Honor Bands, Solo & Ensemble Contests, and even play for liturgies. High School Concert Band also participates in the IHSMA's (Iowa High School Music Association) State Large Group Contest each May.
Jazz Band provides students with the opportunity to learn several other unique styles of music, and elements of the cultures that they come from. Students also learn the fundamentals of improvisation and song forms in the Jazz Band setting.
High School students have the opportunity to participate in Jazz Band and rehearses once a week, outside of class time.
The High School Pep & Marching Bands are comprised of students from the High School Concert Band. The Pep Band performs a variety of pop tunes at Football games, Basketball games, and Wrestling meets throughout the year, while the Marching Band performs once a year at the North Iowa Band Festival.
Students have the opportunity to perform in small ensembles for Masses throughout the year. Students also have the opportunity to perform in ensembles for Solo & Ensemble Contest, as well as Coffee House (the High School variety show). Other ensembles may also be formed to perform at different events throughout the year.
Another unique ensemble opportunity for High School students is the Pit Band for the High School musical. This ensemble is formed in late January/early February, and rehearses throughout February, before joining the cast rehearsals in late February and early March.