If music be the food of love, play on...
Whether a student plays woodwind, brass, percussion or strings, and regardless of their level of experience, there is an instrumental ensemble at Good Counsel that caters to their talent and ambition. From the Wind Ensemble to Symphonic Band and from Bach to pop music, GC students enjoy a plethora of opportunities to learn a variety of disciplines, styles and techniques.
Good Counsel is the only school in the WCAC that boasts a Marching Band. The Marching Falcons play at all varsity home football games and boost school spirit. They perform both pregame and half time shows, and also play throughout the games.
The ensembles have three formal concerts at Good Counsel each year, the Fall Instrumental Concert, the Christmas Concert, and the Spring Instrumental Concert. They may also perform during Mass and at various competitions and festivals around the country.
- Wind Ensemble
- String Ensemble
- Symphonic Band
- Jazz Ensemble
- Advanced Percussion
- Marching Band
- Drum Line
- Pep Band
The Wind Ensemble is Good Counsel's premier band. The group performs challenging works from the traditional as well as popular library of concert band music. The Wind Ensemble performs four times each year at scheduled concerts at the school as well as numerous performances at local schools, and public arenas. The group also participates in adjudicated festivals sponsored by the Catholic schools of the Washington Archdiocese, county, state, and national festivals throughout the year. The Wind Ensemble travels each year to a performance festival out of state. In past years we have traveled to Chicago, St Louis, Montreal, Toronto, Boston, New York, Atlanta, Orlando and many other locations.
The String Ensemble is made up of students who play violin, viola, cello, and string bass. The ensemble performs music in a variety of styles from classical to popular and performs at liturgies, as part of the pit orchestra for the school musicals, and regularly scheduled concerts during the school year. The String Ensemble represents the school in community performances as they become available throughout the year.
The Symphonic Band is Good Counsel's intermediate level band. Along with multiple performances throughout the school year, members of the group continue to hone their skills on their instruments as well as develop skills necessary to perform in a large ensemble. In addition to our regular concert schedule, the Symphonic Band performs in the Washington Archdiocesan Music Teachers Council annual band festival in December and travels each spring to a performance festival out of state.
The Jazz Ensemble performs music primarily from the big band repertoire spanning from the great standards to contemporary compositions. Styles range from swing and bebop to latin and rock. The group rehearses from 3:15pm to 4:30pm every Tuesday and Thursday. Students must enroll in the group for credit and will receive a grade for the class. The Jazz Ensemble performs at the school four times each year and also seeks opportunities to perform outside of the school.
The Marching Falcons, under the direction of Mr. Brett Taylor '93, were formed in 2004 to enhance the atmosphere at varsity home football games and boost school spirit. The group performs a pregame show before every game and plays popular selections in the stands throughout the game. In addition to home football games, the Marching Falcons attend home playoff games and the WCAC Championship Games if Good Counsel participates. No audition is required to play a wind instrument in the Marching Falcons.