Ensembles | Programs | Asheville Music School


For students looking to take their music skills to the next level, AMS Sound Education Outreach bands provide young musicians the opportunity to learn, rehearse, and perform as a band. 

Ensemble directors work with students to create a unique set of songs each semester that best suits their interests, skills, and goals. Students entering the program should have some experience on their instrument, and be able to read sheet music, tab, and/or chord charts. Previous experience playing in a band is welcome, but not required.

AMS bands have graced the stages of The Orange Peel, LEAF, Downtown After Five, Barnaroo, and Isis Music Hall. Students will also participate in a community outreach concert, using music to bring joy to those in need. Sites include hospitals, assisted living centers, and veterans’ shelters. Through this experience, students learn the valuable lesson of giving back, and also earn volunteer hours for school.

For more info, or to book one of our bands, email Executive Director Ryan Reardon: ryan@ashevillemusicschool.org

Mars Band

September 08, 2021 - December 11, 2021

Junior High students that enjoy playing classic and modern rock and pop covers from bands such as Oasis, The Clash, Queen, Green Day, 4NonBlondes and possibly even some original music. Students will learn about how to collaborate as a band, develop their skills on their individual instruments, stage presence, and how to navigate the form of a song. And they’ll have opportunities to perform live for their peers and community.


Llèlo Band

Led by: Andy John
September 08, 2021 - December 11, 2021

Our Llélo Band, led by AMS teacher and multi-instrumentalist Andy John, consists of teenage students playing hard rock, ska, and even a little country. With a trombonist in the group, they have been able to expand their dimensions to include songs with horns.


Radioactive Cows

Led by: Kylie Irvin
August 24, 2021 - November 09, 2021

4th to 7th grade students (ages 9-12) that enjoy playing classic rock and alternative covers from bands such as Nirvana, The Clash, and The Beatles. Students will learn about how to collaborate in a band, develop their part on their individual instrument, stage presence, basic chords, and how to navigate the form of a song.

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