The Jefferson-Houston Band Program is one of the largest, most voluntary organizations in our entire school, where members take part in numerous ensembles and activities. Our primary goal is to provide a well-rounded musical education and experience for all students. This education focuses on building a solid foundation of musical knowledge upon which artistic performances are built. In addition to providing a quality music education, the Band Program also recognizes the need for whole-child education. We seek to develop the character and citizenship of each member of our band, assist each child to attain his/her own personal best, and also promote the growth of life-long learning skills that the students can utilize in their time in band and beyond.
The Jefferson-Houston Band Program includes the following:
Elementary Band - Members in grades 4th through 5th have the opportunity to join band and experience what it is to be a true musician. Students will work on instrumental fundamentals and develop rudimentary skills and techniques. Students in the elementary band will work in studio class settings with other like instruments to hone in on instrument-specific items to help students reach their full potential! Students perform music at various grade levels with a strong focus on levels 0 and 2.
Concert Band - Members are primarily students in grades 6th through 7th who have completed the elementary level and are seeking to continue their musical experience. Students will be in larger concert groups that will focus on enhancing their musical technique, knowledge, vocabulary, and overall performance. Students perform music at various grade levels with a strong focus on levels 1 and 3. A prerequisite of the elementary band (1st year) is required.
Symphonic Band - Members are primarily students in grades 7th through 8th who have completed the elementary and concert band levels who are seeking to continue their musical experience. Students will focus on enhancing their musical technique, knowledge, intonation, balance, blend, vocabulary, musical style, and overall performance levels. Students perform music at various grade levels with a strong focus on levels 2 and 4. Prerequisite of elementary band and concert band (1st & 2nd year) is required.
Each band has two concerts which usually take place in December and May.
Additional Band Opportunities
Jaguar Band/Jazz Band - Members are primarily students in grades 6th through 8th will have the opportunity to meet AFTER SCHOOL for extra music opportunities beyond the normal school day. Students will have the opportunity to play a wider array of music upon style and genre.
Solo and Ensemble - Students will have the opportunity to polish and perform unique music to both perform freely and competitively. Students will have the chance to play solos, duets, trios, and quartets of all kinds of instrumentation to challenge their inner musicians even more!
Extra Events - Students will have seasonal opportunities to join band events across the district in multiple settings as both a performer and spectator. These include items such as Jefferson-Houston Band Day, TC Williams Band events, and field trips, Optimist Club, ACPS Summer Music Programs, performances and special classes by professional local musicians, and more!
Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Charles Roth
Mr. Roth has been with JH since the start of the 2016-2017 school year. He holds students to high expectations in order for them to reach their fullest potential and broaden their future opportunities.