Music Theory and Appreciation are part of a unique music program where all our students are required to play a musical instrument and be part of one of five different bands: Cadet Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, and Jazz Band. There is an organic progression in music education as our students transition from grade 5 to grade 8. Our students learn characteristics of music (e.g., rhythm and dynamics), develop skills for performance (articulation), gain the ability to respond to sound and competence in reading and notating musical symbols.
Through exposure to varied musical genres, perspective of music’s role throughout history, and the relationship of music to the fine arts and other curriculum discipline, Holy Trinity students develop an appreciation of music as an essential aspect of history and culture. As they participate in improvisation exercises, students learn to organize musical ideas and sounds and develop an ability to critically evaluate musical performances and compositions. The music program at Holy Trinity far exceeds the guidelines set forth by the Maryland Department of Education.
Any student who experiences the full spectrum of the music program from preschool through eighth grade can expect to be prepared to choose music as a vocation or avocation. Due to the strong foundation of our music program, many of our students pursue music as part of their extra-curricular activity.
Points of Pride
Our Wind Ensemble, the top level band, is recognized for excellence when performing in national competitions such as the Dixie Classic. In 11 out of 12 years, our Wind Ensemble has received a SUPERIOR rating at the Dixie Classic. Often, the additional awards of outstanding soloist.
- In 2016, the Wind Ensemble received The Festival Honor Award that is presented in Concert Performance to the group with the highest overall rating regardless of the division or classification.
- Our Jazz Band has been invited to perform at events such as the City of Bowie 50th Birthday Concert and at the NAIS conference.
- Many of our students participate in the Prince George’s County Middle School Honor Band, Maryland Junior All-State Band, Maryland, D.C. Youth Orchestra Program, and Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra.
- Many students participate in the Prince George’s County Solo & Ensemble Festival and the Maryland State Solo Festival.
- On average, our 8th graders receive about $150,000 in music scholarships.
Concert Dress (Band Uniform)
All High School Prep students will wear the following for concerts and during all concert dress days: Long sleeve, plain white oxford shirt with button down collar, black uniform pants, black socks (or black or skin toned hose for girls), black dress shoes (shoes must be closed toe and non-athletic). Shirts and pants must be purchased from All-American Wear or Lands End.