2019-2020 Band and Guitar registration is now OPEN! Click here to sign up for classes for our 32nd season. If you need more details about BAND or GUITAR, click the links above.

NEW FOR 2019!

BasiCamps! Three 6-week camps for kids ages 8-10 will introduce them to different families of instruments and basic music notation. At the end of the six weeks, students will perform in a short recital. Camps will be in ukulele, recorder, or bucket drumming. See the BasiCamps link above for more information.

2019-2020 BasiCamp registration is now OPEN! Click here to sign up for one or more of our classes for 8-10 year old students. Need more information about schedules, fees, or details? Click here to find the answers.

Why should my child choose music? How does band work? What instruments are available to play? Have questions like these? Check out this great resource from Be Part of the Band.

Instrument Fitting

Ready to check it out, but not sure what to do next? Come try all the instruments and meet Mr. Bratcher at a free Instrument Fitting. In 30 minutes you will find out what instrument works best for your child and how to go about securing one to play next year. FYI – instruments rented from the band are on a first come, first served basis. So sign up today! Follow this link for more details and to sign up.

Our music families, students, and director are committed to providing a sound music education and performance opportunities using a traditional concert band and guitar ensemble setting for home school students in and around Albuquerque, NM.

Mission Statement

The Mid-Rio Grande Home School Band will provide an appealing atmosphere and learning opportunities to challenge/enhance students in an ensemble and band setting for the joy of music while encouraging individual growth and risk taking.


Our History – The Mid-Rio Grande Home School band was founded in 1988 by a group of home school parents and Mr. Bart Strohl. Starting with six students, the size of the band has grown to as many as 95. Home schooled students grades 5-12 rehearse in Albuquerque (two locations) and Los Lunas.


Our Structure – Beginning, Intermediate, Concert, Symphonic, and Jazz Bands are available depending on skill and grade level. Guitar Ensemble classes are divided by skill into Guitar 1, Guitar 2, and Guitar 3. Beginning students start in fifth grade (10 years) or older and have very little or no training in music. Students progress through each level as their skills increase. By the time students reach Symphonic Band or Guitar 3 they will be proficient enough to perform multiple levels and styles of music with great musicality and expression. The instrumentation for traditional concert band includes woodwinds, brass, and percussion. Guitar ensemble includes acoustic or classical guitar. Unfortunately, piano, orchestral strings, and electric guitar are not taught.


All groups perform in at least two annual concerts – in December and May. Symphonic, Jazz, and Guitar 3 perform more often and in more public settings. Our groups have performed in a variety of other venues including the VA Hospital, various nursing homes, the CAPE Graduation Ceremony, The River of Lights, and the Roundhouse in Santa Fe.  Several of our band students have been honored to play in the ABQ Youth Symphony Program, NM All-State Band and Orchestras, Albuquerque Symphony Orchestra, the Rio Rancho Symphonic Band, NMMEA District Honor Bands and Solo & Ensemble Festivals, the National Wind Ensemble, and the U.S. Youth Ensemble, which toured Europe. Students have gone on to become professional musicians and music educators.


To find out more about Band/Guitar classes or BasiCamps, click on the links above.