Why Band?

Why should I join band in high school?

Join because it's really great - Maybe the best activity you can do in high school!!! But don't just take our word for it. Please watch these short videos/read these short articles:

Keep Band in Your Life! (video of people from Virginia)

Jack Stamp on Why Music Matters (is 95% REALLY and "A"?) (video)

Princeton Dean of Admission regarding High School and Extracurriculars (article)

Fran Kick on Fun, Good, and Work (video)

Why, at Many Schools, The Best Extracurricular Activity is Band (article)

Bobby Knight on Drum Corps (video)

Quality Extracurricular Activities Can Be Crucial to College Admission (article)

Why Band is Important (video)

Why Join Band?

(adapted from the McLean Band's website)

Imagine attending a new school and not knowing anything about where to go, or who to talk to. The transition from middle school to high school is easier for band students because you will have over 80 friends to help you through this process. Incoming band freshmen have immediate contact with upperclassmen, in a big brother/big sister kind of way. High school band is very healthy for students in a multitude of ways.

The Facts

Why should you consider joining the high school band?

Because high school band is unlike anything you have done before. It can greatly enhance your high school career, and it is, very simply, the best experience.

Additional Facts

Will Band fit in an aggressive academic schedule? Yes! We have students who are planning to enter all fields in college. The class schedule at Falls Church High School is made to allow these students to take a full schedule of classes (including A.P.) and play in one of the bands during all four years.

How good do I have to be?

All students are admitted into the band program. Yes, even beginners!

Will band and time commitment adversely affect my grades?

Whether you are in activities, or not, at Falls Church High School, good grades are dependent upon being a good worker. If you are conscientious and organized, band, or any other activity, will not adversely affect your grades. The bands’ schedules have been carefully developed to work with the school’s academic demands. In fact, many of the school’s top scholars are in band. We average two to three times our statistical allotment of members in the top of their graduation class and National Honor Society.

Band Orientation Night Presentation

Band Orientation Night Presentation