North Stars Music

Poise, Pride, Perfection

Upcoming Dates

Date                 Event                       Location                          Time

October 3             FB v. Johnston            Morningside College               5pm

October 5           Festival of Bands         Sioux Falls, SD                            All-Day

October 12          ISHMA – Dutchmen FC  Sheldon & Orange City      All-Day

October 15          Indoor Marching Concert             NHS Gym                 Evening

October 19        Quad State – Waukee Invite       Vermillion & Waukee  All-Day

October 26        All State Auditions                           Storm Lake, IA             Day

November 2    NWIA Honor Band Audition         Storm Lake                      Day

November 21-23    All-State Music Festival          Ames                               Day

December 16           NHS Winter Concert                NHS Gym                  Evening

January 11             NWIA Honor Band Festival     Eppley Aud.             All-Day

January 21           Jazz Band Concert                        NHS Aud.                 Evening

March 6                NHS Band Concert                           NHS Aud.             Evening

April 12                IHSMA Solo & Ensemble           West High School       Day

April 28             Jazz Concert                                   Bellevue Ballroom        Evening

May 2                Spring Concert                         NHS Aud.                             7pm


All dates are subject to change.

Pep Band and Jazz Band schedules will be released in the coming weeks.

New Band Director Selected

North High School has a new band director!  Lucas Sursely from Madison, South Dakota.  He will be in town Wednesday, May 22nd.  He will be visiting both the high school and the middle school to meet the kids.  We will have more information out to you in the next week or so.

Lucas Sursely grew up in Rochester, Minnesota.  He joined band his sophomore year at Rochester John Marshall.  In high school he studied with his band director Brad Mitchell and privately with Scott Olaff.  In 2000 Mr. Sursely enrolled at South Dakota State University where he studied percussion under Mr. James Mckinney and Mr. Steve Tobin.  While at SDSU, Mr. Sursely participated in concert band, marching band and percussion ensemble.  Additionally, he was a member of “SuFuDu” and Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps.  He was also an assistant staff member at Roosevelt High School under the direction of Mr. Shane Macklin.  His responsibilities included overseeing the marching percussion section and running percussion ensembles during the winter months.  Mr. Sursely’s first full time band position was at Martin County West Schools in Sherburn, MN.  In the fall of 2007, Mr. Sursely took over the Madison band program.  He is honored to have conduct the Spirit of Madison marching band, concert band, jazz band and winter drumline.  In addition, he conducted three middle school concert bands and a unique general music class that combines bucket drumming with outrageous skits. 

Welcome to North High Band Mr. Sursely!

Band Schedule Update


The following update to our band schedule was issued today:

Tuesday, August 14 – 6:45 – 7:45 AM

Wednesday, August 15 – No Rehearsal due to the District Convocation. The
band room will not be available for sectionals either.

Thursday, August 16 – 6:45 – 7:45 AM

Friday, August 17 – 6:45 – 7:45 AM

Monday, August 20 – 6:45 – 7:45 AM

Monday, August 20 – Required Performance – “Fall Rollout” , Dress is new
band shirt, shorts of choice, athletic shoes, meet in the band room at
5:45 PM – Program starts in the Gym at 6:30 PM

Remember, rehearsals take place rain or shine.

Kevin P. Massey
Director of Instrumental Music
North High School