Instrumental Music

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.

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Wind Ensemble

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.

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String Ensemble

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.

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Symphonic Band

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.

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Jazz Ensemble

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.

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Advanced Percussion

Students in the Advanced Percussion class serve as the percussion section for the Wind Ensemble as well as function as a percussion ensemble. When not in rehearsal with the band, these percussionists learn advanced skills on timpani, mallet, snare drum, and auxiliary percussion instruments.

Marching Band

The Marching Falcons, under the direction of Mr. Tom Kramer ’07, is known as ‘The Pride of GC.’ ‘The Pride’ performs at all home varsity football games, including playoff and championship games if GC participates. Our goal is to energize and motivate the players on the field, as well as the crowd. Performances at each game include a Pre-Game show, a Half-Time show, and performing in-between plays and quarters in the stands. No audition is necessary to play a wind instrument in this ensemble, however students interested in performing in the drumline must audition. If you have any questions please contact Mr. Kramer at Otherwise we look forward to seeing you at the games!

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Drum Line

The Drumline is the heartbeat of the Marching Falcons. The provide cadences and stand beats at all Marching Band performances. The Drumline is comprised of up to sixteen musicians and membership is determined by audition.

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Pep Band

The Falcon Pep Band is an extension of the Marching Falcons. This group plays at varsity home men's and women's basketball games. The basketball season typically begins in late December and runs through mid-February.