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Welcome to the Instrumental Music Department!

A recipient of Maryland’s distinguished “Exemplary Music Program Award, ”  the band and orchestra program, under the direction of Scott Herman and Scott Cameron,  enrolls over 300 musicians into seven ensembles.  All levels are offered and no experience is necessary.  

Cabin John Middle School is the recipient of the Maryland Music Educators Association’s distinguished “Exemplary Music Program Award.”  The band and orchestra program, under the direction of Scott Herman and Scott Cameron,  enrolls over 300 students and over the last three decades has been regarded among the finest in Maryland. The  ensembles have been praised for their maturity in sound, and performing “well beyond their years.” The ensembles have consistently received superior ratings at the district and state level, including winning best overall band and orchestra at each of the competitions entered in Virginia and Ohio. The music program has consequently enrolled the most students from the region in the district honors groups and Maryland All-State.

Most recently the Advanced Band performed at the 2019 PMEA/NAfME Eastern Division Conference.  In 2012 and 2001, the Cabin John Advanced Orchestra was invited to perform for the Maryland Music Educators Annual Spring Conference.  In 2019 Mr. Herman received the states most coveted honor, the “Corwin Taylor Award for leadership in Music Education.”  In 2009 he was named the Maryland Music Educators Outstanding Teacher.  He was also invited to guest conduct the 2002 Maryland Junior All-State Orchestra.

How can music help my child?

“There is ample evidence that the arts help students develop the attitudes, characteristics, and intellectual skills required to participate in today’s society and economy. The arts teach self-discipline, reinforce self-esteem, and foster the thinking skills and creativity so valued in the workplace. They teach the importance of teamwork and cooperation. They demonstrate the direct connection between study, hard work, and high levels of achievement.”  National Standards for Arts Education

Highlights

State and County Honors

Congratulations to the 29 Cabin John musicians accepted to perform in the MCPS Honors Band and Orchestra as part of the Annual Honors Gala.  15 of those musicians were selected to play in the Maryland All-State Band and Orchestra along with an additional 4 more who...

Music in the Parks 2019

Congratulations to the Advanced Band and Orchestra for receiving 1st place in their divisions and winning the Overall Best Band and Orchestra Awards at the Busch Gardens Music in the Parks Competition.  The average scores attained by Cabin John groups over the last 6...

County Festival Results

Congratulations to the Advanced Band, Orchestra, and Concert Band for receiving all superior ratings at the 2019 MCPS District Band Assessments.