Community Events

March 21: Jazz Girls Day DC
Jazz Girls Day DC.Jazz Girls Day DC empowers young girls and non-binary gender students to have the skills needed for self-confidence in the performance of jazz.
Date: Saturday, March 21, 2020
Time: 11 am – 5 pm (includes a concert at 4 pm open to the public, featuring faculty and student performers)
What: Workshops, jam session, and mentoring
Place: John Calvin Presbyterian Church, 6531 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA
Cost: Free for attendees
Deadline to register: March 13th, 2020
Food provided (please let us know allergies in advance through the registration form)
More details and registration

May 11: YHS Marching Band 8th Grade Parent Orientation
Believe it or not, marching band season is upon us! The music and show concept have been selected, and our design process is underway – it’s time for us to look at our numbers for next year so that we can plan accordingly for equipment, staff, and instruments. If you intend to participate in the marching band next year, please fill out this form. Filling out the form linked above lets us know to save you a spot at Mercersburg (away-camp). To officially sign up for the Marching Band academic course, sign up for 29254 Marching Band on your course request form. This course can be taken in addition to your primary band class – students can take 7 courses plus the evening ½ credit of marching band. Is this your first time joining the marching band? To see some behind-the-scenes footage of Marching Band & Band Camp, watch this video!  Updates for band camp will be posted here:

FREE after-school private music lessons for underserved youth vetted by the Arlington Arts Education Department

Music for Life is a community-based organization that provides after-school music education programs to youth in the metropolitan DC area. The cost of afterschool programs can also be a challenge for some families. The organization offers free after-school private music lessons at the middle and high schools for those who are eligible. MFL received recently a federal grant award for the Arlington County Public Schools. The grant is awarded to students with financial need from Arlington County and requires to be distributed in the next three months.The Band & Orchestra Program provides support to students who are on free or reduced lunch at school and who want to be in their school’s band or orchestra program but need financial assistance in order to do so. For qualifying students, we can provide one or more of the following:

  • Assist with Private Lesson
  • Provide an instrument for use;
  • Assist with uniform costs;
  • Assist with participation or event fees;
  • Assist with transportation to events;

Qualifying students and their parent(s) or guardian(s) are required to submit an application and agree to participate in quarterly reviews of the student’s performance in the program. The student’s identity and all file information are kept confidential and have no bearing on the student’s grade at school or program eligibility. It is used internally by Music for Life to evaluate program effectiveness and demonstrate the program’s value to our funders. Once the application is received, MFL will review the application and determine the student eligibility. MFL will provide a qualified instructor for each student and instrument. Each student will receive 30 minutes of free private instruction.The application can be either sent to the address listed on the form or place it in a sealed envelope and MFL’s program coordinator will pick up personally the envelope. MFL is proud to mention that the Band & Orchestra program has already begun at Washington Lee High School along with Mr. Robinson. The program is vetted by Mrs. Pam Farrell and Mrs. Kelly Breedlove from the Arlington Arts Education Department. For additional questions and for a meeting request please contact, Mrs. Madalina Petric at or call 302-381-4237.