The Music Department believes that music is an essential part of every student’s experience at Paint Branch High School. Each student should have the opportunity to participate in a performance ensemble or a general music class. The goal of the Music Department is to provide Paint Branch High School students with a positive music education experience, accomplishing all instructional objectives and providing the Paint Branch community with excellent performing ensembles.
Concert Band is a traditional wind band that focuses on the development of individual student musicianship through performance of outstanding music. This ensemble performs in the fall and spring concerts. Membership in this group is open to any and all students.
Symphonic Band is the premiere wind band at Paint Branch. The Symphonic Band performs traditional and contemporary wind band literature. This ensemble performs annual winter and spring concerts as well as at the MCPS Band Festival in March. Membership in the group is determined by instrumentation need and player ability, as determined through an audition with the director.
Jaz Ensemble is an advanced level ensemble that studies a variety of big band repertoire. Membership in this ensemble is based on instrumentation need and student ability, as determined through an audition with the director.
Concert Orchestra is a traditional string orchestra that focuses on the development of individual student technique and musicianship through performance of outstanding music. This orchestra is a performing ensemble and performs concerts in the winter and spring. The Orchestra also performs at the MCPS Orchestra Festival in March. Membership in this group is open to any and all students.
Guitar is an introductory music class for students to learn the basics techniques and skills required to play the guitar. This class is open to all students, and no previous experience in music is required.
Piano I & II
Fine Arts courses for students interested in playing piano. Beginning and advanced students alike may register for this course and receive credit. Most students who choose this course are beginners; but for the more advanced student, coursework is adjusted to reflect the student’s prior piano experience.
Chorus I & II
Fine Arts courses for students who like to sing in a performance ensemble. No audition is required for these courses. The Chorus classes perform a minimum of 3 times per year.
Officially known as the “Jazz Singers”, the Paint Branch Show Choir is the top vocal performing group. Students who are interested in enrolling in this choral class must audition in the spring of the year preceding their anticipated registration. Repertoire includes show, pop, classical, secular, and a cappella music for mixed, men and women groups within the main group. The Jazz Singers performs locally and regionally in competition style programs. Students should have a strong singing voice, enthusiasm, and commitment to rehearsal & performance. Evening practices are usually required once per week.
Music Department Staff
- Christine Mitchell
Music Department Chair, Vocal Music Teacher, Piano and Guitar, Tri-M (Music Honor Society) Sponsor Student Government Sponsor
- Greg Casement
Instrumental Music Teacher – Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, String Orchestra, Guitar
Director - Marching Band, Pit Orchestra, Indoor Drumline
Sponsor - Tri-M (Music Honor Society)
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