Band and Orchestra


The Orchestra program is a performance orientated music group. We learn skills that are required to make music and also challenge the brain. We offer those challenges through discipline, structure, repetition and crazy fun! Because orchestra students are together for 3-7 years in this class they develop a strong group or family feeling not present in most other classes offer in Portage.

The Orchestras perform at the District Orchestra Competition and have received superior ratings over the last three years. Additionally, The Orchestra helps host the string workshop in which over 230 students come to Portage to learn music and have fun performing together.  Orchestra students continue to be among the best in academic performance (grade point and math and science center to mention a few,) and are more likely to be talented at many, many activities and interests. For more information on this program, please contact Sean Brennan.


Click here to view the NMS Band 2020 Seasons Greetings Card.

In 7th Grade, band students receive instruction daily in a large group setting.  Students begin to learn about ensemble techniques and are beginning to perform at very high levels.

Our 8th grade program is a culmination of all of the skills developed in the first 2 years of instruction as well as a preparation to enter the instrumental curriculum at Portage Northern High School.  Each year our students actively participate in many district, regional, and state competitions and honors festivals.

Above all – our students are learning and growing in their love and appreciation of music!  For more information, contact Ms. Melissa Holso.