NMSA Eagles Band

Discover Music At NMSA

When you join the band Neal Math and Science Academy you join a family of musicians that strive to support one another through playing music. There is no previous music experience needed to become a member! Students can participate in curricular Band, Choir or General Music. (General Music is only available to incoming 6th graders)

Other ensembles will be offered based on student interest including Mariachi and Jazz Combos.


August 14th at 6:00pm is the band parents' informational meeting. You must attend if you have students in band. Families will be able to rent instruments or bring their own to be checked by the director prior to school starting. We will be located in the NEAL gym.


El 14 de Agosto a la 6:00pm es el reuinion del padres de banda. Si tiene un estudiante en la programma de banda, necessitas assistir ese noche. Familias pueden rentar intrumentos por la escuela o la tienda ese noche. Traiga su propio instrumento si usare en banda esa noche tambien. Quedamos en el gimnasio NEAL.

How do I join the band?

To join the band you must be enrolled in it as a class. Band at NMSA is year-round and students who join are encouraged to continue into high school. Contact the main office for enrollment information.

Meet the director

Mr. Rivera is an instrumental music educator and 2016 Golden Apple Scholar who graduated from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. His passion for trumpet has helped him earn principal seats in the Augustana Symphonic Band and Augustana Jazz Ensemble. Aside from trumpet, he also actively plays guitar and the Puerto Rican Cuatro with his family.

When he isn't teaching, Mr. Rivera enjoys mountain biking and playing with his dog, Gemma.

Sr. Rivera podría ayudarte si tengas preguntas en español.

Please email Mr. Rivera at arivera@d187.org if you have any questions or need help joining band!