Kraxberger Middle School is happy to offer a band program to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Students start in 6th grade Beginning Band playing traditional band instruments featuring woodwinds, brass, and percussion. Each band performs for the public at least four times throughout the year. Additional performances may include competing at festivals, performing for younger students at John Wetten Elementary, pep band at assemblies, and more!

Contact:  Teacher Seth Arnold,

Gladstone School District Music Program Vision:

  • Provide a well-rounded education for all students
  • Provide a high quality and immersive music education
  • Teach habits such as diligence, organization, and creative problem solving through an inherently rewarding and rigorous curriculum
  • Improve school attendance
  • Represent Gladstone in a positive light
  • Entertain the community at sporting events, pep rallies, and local performances
  • Compete at statewide festivals
  • Provide students the opportunity to audition and attend All-State honor groups as well as Regional and National honor groups

Teacher Seth Arnold’s Personal Philosophy of Teaching and Music:
“My approach to teaching focuses on providing clear behavioral and academic expectations. Music classes should be fun and hard work. All music is equal and has educational value.”

Financial Burdens: A student will never be excluded from band due to financial hardship. If necessary, we will provide all of the necessary materials for students to participate in band. This includes instruments. This is only possible when families who can afford to purchase or rent the necessary materials due so. Potential financial burdens may include, but are not limited to: purchasing/renting an instrument, repairs, appropriate performance attire, reeds, method books, trip costs, food during trips, and a Jazz Band participation fee.

Upcoming Trips: Parents and students of 7th and 8th grade parents should be aware of two upcoming trips. The 7th grade class will participate in the “Music in the Parks” Music Festival which will involve an adjudicated  festival and a trip to Oaks Park! The trip will be May 12th and will cost $56 per student. More information can be found at The 8th grade students will take their annual Seattle Trip in late May. The trip will cost around $70-$80. Students visit the Space Needle, Chihuly Glass Museum, and the Experience Music Project to celebrate three years in band at Kraxberger. If there are any concerns about paying for a trip, contact Mr. Arnold.

Contact Information: For more information about the band, contact Mr. Arnold by email at

Concert Information:
(All bands) Winter Concert 12/12 @ GHS
(7th and 8th Grade) JWE Performance 1/30 (during the day) @ JWE
(8th grade) Warner Pacific MS Band Festival 2/23 @ WP College
(All bands) Nearly Spring Concert (with choir) 3/8 @ WLK
(8th grade) OSU MS Band Festival 4/19 or 4/20 @ OSU
(8th grade) Baker Prairie Festival 4/24 @ Baker Prairie
All District Concert (with all schools’ bands and choirs) 5/17 @ GHS
(All bands) Final Spring Concert 5/30 @ GHS
(8th Grade) 8th Grade graduation ceremony (Date TBA) @ GHS

Transportation will be provided for festivals.