St. Thomas More Cathedral School Band
Band instruction is offered to students in 4th through 8th grade in conjunction with the Garwood Whaley Music Program. The band operates lessons and full rehearsals during the school day. More than 100 students are members of the STM school band. Beginner Band is offered in 4th grade with lessons once per week and performances in school concerts. Advanced Band members participate in festivals and competitions.
The current band director, Barry Ward, has been leading the program for more than 40 years with a consistent record of winning local recognition, regional achievements and national awards. Each year Mr. Ward anticipates openings in the band and encourages all interested to join.
Beginners start on one of 5 basic instruments - flute, clarinet, alto sax, trumpet, trombone and drums.
Advanced Band needs the following special instruments - tuba, baritone, trombone, bass, clarinet and tenor sax.
Competitions & Awards:
Arlington Diocese Band Festival - Superior Rating 1977-2010
Outstanding Band Award in the Arlington Diocese - 7 times
Kings Dominion Band Festival - Superior & Excellent Ratings
Hershey Park Band Festival - Superior Rating
Busch Gardens Music Festival - Grand Champions
Contact Mr. Ward directly for more information.