The Dan F. Long Middle School Band is a Texas UIL CC band consisting of students in grades 6-8 in the Carrollton – Farmers Branch School District. Our students start band in the sixth or seventh grade in homogeneous classes – flute, double reed, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium/tuba and percussion. The seventh and eighth grade students that complete beginning band are placed into one of our two class performing groups – Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band. All bands meet every day for 50 minutes, and students in the Wind Symphony also attend a once a week, 30-minute sectional rehearsal outside of the regular school day throughout the school year. Private lessons are strongly encouraged and are available during the school day. We also offer a very successful Jazz Band Program, that meets once a week after school on Fridays.
All of the Dan F. Long Middle School Bands perform at events and concerts throughout the year. All 7/8th grade band students perform at pep rallies, an 8th grade football game, Fall Concert, Winter Concert, CFBISD pre-UIL Contest, UIL Contest, Spring Concert and other band contests in the North Texas area. The Beginner Band perform in the fall as homogeneous groups and as a band for the Winter Concert, Spring Concert, and one other contest in the DFW area. Students involved in our Jazz Band get the opportunity to perform in various additional concerts throughout the metroplex.