St. John the Evangelist School’s award-winning band includes a beginner band and an advanced band. Students playing an instrument (flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, baritone, trombone, tuba or percussion) for the first time will play in the Beginner Band. They are taught how to read music and technique on their particular instruments. Beginner Band performs at the school Christmas and Spring band concerts.
Advanced Band consists of students who have been playing for two years or more (5th-8th graders). In addition to the Christmas and Spring band concerts, Advanced Band also participates in the Archdiocesan Band Festival each spring. This is an adjudicated event for about 30 bands throughout Montgomery County and Washington, DC. St. John the Evangelist has received a Superior rating (the highest ranking) for the past four years. In the 2007-2008 school year, we received the highest score in the Band Festival! In the fall of 2007, Advanced Band played for the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools re-accreditation panel and received much praise for their performance. Advanced Band students, who also participate in the Archdiocesan Band camp in June and July, have the opportunity to represent our school at the Archdiocesan Honors Band in the spring.
One of the other highlights of the year is our band picnic, every May, at Getty Park. The students celebrate a wonderful musical year with an afternoon of fun and pizza in the park.