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Music Program

DeMatha’s Music Program began in 1970 with 19 students. 
The Music Program now has an enrollment of over 30% of the student population.

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The Music Program has received national and international acclaim. 
The National Catholic Bandmaster’s Association named DeMatha’s Wind Ensemble the top Catholic High School Band in 18 of 20 years.

The music curriculum includes:

  • 5 concert bands 

  • 2 choruses

  • 3 percussion ensembles 

  • 3 string orchestras 

  • 2 jazz ensembles

  • 1 pep band

  • 6 levels of music theory

  • And numerous other small ensembles

Music Trips

Each year the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, the Advanced Percussion Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble II, Sinfonia, Voices of DeMatha, and DeMatha Harmonics perform at local, national and international music festivals.

DeMatha performing groups consistently receive Superior ratings at these festivals and have received over 40 Gold Medals at music festivals held in Chicago, Toronto, Orlando, Atlanta, Gatlinburg, Nashville, Myrtle Beach, Virginia Beach and Daytona Beach.

Since 1970 well over 1,000 student-musicians have been chosen to perform with the Maryland All State Bands, Orchestras and Choruses. An equal number have performed with the Washington Archdiocese Music Teacher Council Honor Bands throughout the years.

Fundraiser Concert

Our annual Kaleidoscope Concert is a fundraiser to benefit and showcase the talents of the DeMatha Instrumental Music Program. Click the "Get Involved" link to learn more about all of the Instrumental Music Program's special events, fundraising activities, and volunteer opportunities.

In August 2009, the entire Music Department relocated to their new state-of-the-art facilities in the McCarthy Activity Center. 

A program of the 2023 Kaleidoscope is available here!