Band classes are directed by Dr. Cliff Taylor.  Parents of all new students are required to contact Dr. Taylor at before registering.


The cost will be $125 per student for the Semester.  Students enrolling in both band and choir will receive a discount on choir tuition. Please see the registration form for details.

As a supplement to Band classes, and to facilitate instructor assessment, students in the Advanced Band are requested to purchase a one-year subscription to SmartMusic.  The cost is $40 per calendar year per student.  Students who cannot purchase the program may use the  SmartMusic station in the  MSU Band Hall.  For more information visit


Beginning Band

Beginning Band is offered on a two year rotating basis with Intermediate Band.  Students without experience who wish to participate in band should begin with our Beginning Band program.  A new Beginning Band class will be offered for the Fall 2016 Semester.

The Beginning Band will meet from 12:00PM – 1:00PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Mississippi State University Band and Choral Facility (Band Hall).

The age range for Beginning Band students is 10 and up.  Elementary and Middle School students will receive performance feedback/grades on an informal basis, primarily through their use of SmartMusic.

Students completing Beginning Band during the 2016-2017 school year will promote to the Intermediate Band which will commence in Fall 2017.


Advanced Band

Advanced Band will meet from 1:00PM2:00PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Mississippi State University Band and Choral Facility (Band Hall).  Toward the end of the semester, students may be required to come early a few times for additional ensemble practice.

The age range for Advanced Band is experience-based.  Students will be involved in full band and ensemble work.

At the conclusion of the semester, parents of High-School-aged students will receive a transcript of their child’s activities and a semester grade.  Parents wishing to include this information on a transcript for college admissions may do so.  Instructional time in the band class will yield 1/4 Carnegie Units.  Thus, students participating for four years can earn 2 Fine Arts units through Band activities.