Justin Bixler   

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Hi!  My name is Justin Bixler, and I have been the band director at Independence since the 2013-2014 school year.  During my tenure , the band has consistently received superior ratings at state marching evaluation and excellent ratings at state concert evaluation.  We have even traveled to Interstate events and competed at Music in the Parks and the Smoky Mountain Music Festival.  

I believe that music is for everyone!  We start our band program in 6th grade at East Tate, and the kids transition into the Middle School Band and then ultimately into the High School Band.  We have two concerts per year, the Christmas Concert and the Spring Concert, where all three bands perform.  The High School Band also attends all of the varsity football games.  On top of that, we play at about three different marching festivals in the Fall and a concert festival in the Spring.  The High School Band also performs at graduation every year. 

I also teach 5th grade music, where kids learn the fundamentals of music and play games related to rhythm and melody.


Students in the 6th-12th grade in band have an account with Music First for practice and other educational music studies.


Login :student's firstname.lastname. ex. john.smith

Password: student's firstname123 ex. john123

Once logged in, any assignments due show up on the dashboard. This website only works through google chrome or you can download the apple app (code is tcsdms).



If your child is enrolled in the band program, they should be practicing daily.  One of the great things about music is that everyone can always get better!  

6th grade band students should be practicing through the red book.  Practice at least 15 minutes a night.  30 is preferred.  

7th band students should be practicing at least 30 minutes a night.  We are currently working on pages 16-19 in the red book. MUSIC FIRST TEST on #78 Due by Sunday evening October 4th.

8th grade band students should be practicing at least 30 minutes a night. We are currently working on pages 8-10 in the blue book.

High School band members should be practicing at least 30 minutes a night focusing on show music and scales.  Guard girls can also take home equipment to practice with.  Percussionists should be constantly playing through rudiments.  

Everyone receives google classroom assignments periodically.  See Notes above in Red!

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