Join one of our middle school music programs

The district has several pages in the Visual and Performing Arts section dedicated to helping you and your student prepare for Band, Choir and Orchestra. Find all you need to know about picking an instrument and more on our information pages:

Preparing for Fall 2021 - Band

Preparing for Fall 2021 - Choir 

Preparing for Fall 2021 - Orchestra 

We look forward to having your student in our music programs for the 2021-22 school year.

Sam Houston is proud to offer many award-winning fine arts programs. 


The Art program at Sam Houston allows any student to build an understanding and appreciation for visual arts. This program focuses on building personal creativity and expression through the hands-on creation of art. At the same time students develop a deeper connection to the world around them by making real-wold connections to artistic career and vocational opportunities, exploring cultures through art, and by analyzing historical artworks and themes. The Accelerated Art 1 program is a high school level year-long, eighth grade art course at Sam Houston for which students earn high school credit. This class is specially designed for students who have shown an interest in art as well as have an exceptional talent in art. The Accelerated Art program helps students focus on a specific area of interest while building a student art portfolio and participating in competitions. This class prepares each student for IB and AP high school art. 

Additionally, any 8th grader may take a regular high school level art class to receive high school credit.

A Cappella Choir 

A Cappella, the advanced choir at Sam Houston Middle School, is an audition-only group. Comprised of 7th and 8th-grade students, the choir performs throughout the year in both concerts and competitions. Most recently, they received a rating of "Excellent" at the University Interscholastic League's Concert and Sight-Reading competition. Additionally, A Cappella collaborates with the SHMS theatre department to present musical theatre production, the first of which was Aladdin in January of 2015.

Advanced Theatre 

Our Award Winning Theatre Program at Sam Houston is a fantastic way to make friends and perform. Advanced Theatre performs four shows a year, including a children's play to be performed for elementary students and 8th Grade Student Directs. Every other year Advanced Theatre joins together with choir and put on a musical. In November the students go to a competition at Garland High School and compete against other middle schools in the district. The theatre is proud of all of its accomplishments and looks forward to what the future will bring!


The Sam Houston Middle School Band Department is dedicated to helping students become responsible adults through participation in musical ensembles. The cornerstone and legacy of the Sam Houston Band program is excellence through dedication, education, experience, and a team effort from students and staff. As a member of the SHMS Band, you are a part of one of the school's most important, respected, and consistent teams.

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BEGINNING BAND is divided into instrument specific classes as much as possible.

Students will:

• Be able to understand and interpret musical symbols, note and rest values, and other musical terms.

• Be able to know the parts of the assigned instrument, and the proper care for it.

• Develop proper instrumental playing fundamentals 

• Develop the ability to produce a good sound and proper intonation.

• Develop proper practice and rehearsal habits.

• Develop self-discipline skills from all of the above.

Beginner Band students will also participate in 2 concerts for the year, spring semester NRH2O Music Festival*, and may participate in the Young Excellence Solo & Ensemble contest in the spring.

CONCERT BAND is the pre-intermediate performing ensemble at Sam Houston. Emphasis is on continuing to build on fundamental skills learned in Beginning Band, which will enable each student to perform at a higher level. During the year, it performs at two required formal concerts, as well as a spring festival that students must qualify for.  Students are encouraged to take part in self-improvement activities, such attending the Symphonic Band section rehearsals, taking private lessons, and are expected to perform at the Solo & Ensemble Contest.

SYMPHONIC BAND is the intermediate performing ensemble at Sam Houston. Emphasis is on improving individual fundamentals and playing skills, which enables students to perform at an even higher level.  Students are encouraged to take part in self-improvement activities such as trying out for All-District Band, and taking private lessons.

HONORS BAND is the advanced band at Sam Houston. They perform at football games, pep rallies, and special concerts during the school year. Students are expected to prepare themselves for All-District and All-Region Band auditions, which will happen in November. They are encouraged to take private lessons.

Both Honors & Symphonic bands perform at formal concerts, and interscholastic contests (UIL Concert & Sight-reading evaluation, the NRH2O Music Festival, or other contests) each year. Time will be required outside the regular school day for these performances and  trips.  Attendance is required at all performances. One, weekly, 50 minute sectional (tutorial) will be held after school, at which tests will be taken, and emphasis on instrument specific topics will be covered. Students are also expected to take part in the Solo-Ensemble contest in February.

JAZZ BAND is an advanced extra-curricular band at Sam Houston. They perform at different events during the school year. Time will be required outside the regular school day for rehearsals, contests/evaluations, and other possible performances. Students can join this group after successful completion of Beginning Band (unless they have functional piano, guitar, or bass guitar experience), and by director's consent. Students learn to improvise on their own and play all styles of popular music.


Be a Garland ISD VIP 

With a special VIP pass, community members can get free general admission to many athletic and Fine Arts events at district facilities.

Visit the Garland ISD VIP pass page for more details.

Clear Bag Policy

To help ensure a safe and respectful environment for guests, Garland ISD has put into effect a Clear Bag Policy for all GISD middle and high school athletic events and fine arts performances.  

Learn more on our Clear Bag Policy page.