2017 County Festival Results

Congratulations to the Advanced Band and Orchestra for their stunning performances at the MCPS District Band and Orchestra Festivals.  Both groups received superior (I) ratings and praised for playing “highly artistic and musical performances.”



County and State Honors!!!

This fall has yielded some incredible achievements within the music department.  First, a big congratulations goes to the 60 students who auditioned for the MCPS Junior Honors Band and Orchestra – a CJMS best. Their hard work and diligence have greatly bolstered the music program and helped sculpt an amazing advanced band and orchestra.   Of that 34 made the county program and 15 made the Maryland All-State groups, another school best! Way to go Cougars!

Williamsburg Competition 2016

Congratulations to the CJMS Advanced Band and Orchestra for winning “Best Overall Band” and “Best Overall Orchestra.” at the “Music in the Parks Competition” held in Williamsburg on the weekend of May 6 & 7.  Both groups won their division for schools larger than 750 and also had the highest scores resulting  in the overall awards. The Orchestra received a 99 average and the band a 98.5.  Way to go!

County Band and Orchestra Festival Results 2016

Congratulations to the Advanced band and Orchestra for their stellar performances at the MCPS District Band and  Orchestra Festivals.  Each group received all superior (I) ratings. Both groups were praised for having a “gorgeous sound” and playing with a maturity “well beyond their years.”

Junior Honors Results 2015

Congratulations to the 34 students who made the MCPS Junior Honors Band, Jazz Band, and Orchestra.  15 made the junior band, 5 junior jazz, and 14 made junior orchestra.  Way to go!

NYC Trip Highlights!

The Advanced band, Orchestra, and Chorus 8 had a fantastic trip to NYC May 8 and 9.  The students enjoyed a few sight-seeing tours including the Madame Tussauds and Top of the Rock, as well as some unique dining experiences exclusive to NYC.

They were treated to performances of Matilda and Phantom of the Opera!  In between shows they had an amazing Broadway workshop with a few of the Broadway conductors.  The strings worked on a few scores with the conductor of Aladdin and the Band worked on  the Phantom score with the conductor who has done Phantom in Vegas and the National tour as well as a few nights per week in NYC.    After the session they met a cast member from both Matilda and Phantom and leanred some of the inside info on the show.

The trip created such a buzz that we are considering a return next year to do another workshop and see Aladdin along with another show.


Spring Trip Highlights 2014

Spring Trip Highlights 2014

The Adv Band & Orchestra traveled to Ohio to perform in the Music in the Parks Competition.   Both ensembles won their division and received the overall best band and orchestra awards scoring 399 out of 400 points. They were also awarded the Espirit de Corp Award.

The trip also included seeing Jersey Boys, a tour of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,  and a full day at Cedar Point

Maryland Music Award

Congratulations to CJMS Music Department for receiving Maryland’s “Exemplary Music Program” award.