Community Events

October 19: Mid-Atlantic Trombone Alliance at Shenandoah University
Join us for a series of trombone clinics with world-class faculty from our region, along with special guest Mark Kellogg, and enjoy the opportunity to hear The Washington Trombone Ensemble. This event is open to all high school and college students. More details and Registration

October 20: Free concert by the Virginia Chamber Orchestra
Concert features Isabelle Frouvelle, harp. Free for all students at the Ernst Community Cultural Center, NVCC, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA. Free parking; complimentary reception follows. More details

October 24: Arlington Marching Band Showcase
This free event will feature pep band music from each APS Middle School and the High School Marching Bands from Wakefield, Washington-Liberty, & Yorktown. (Note: SMS Pep Band and Wind Ensemble members will be performing). More details

November 9: Horn Day at George Mason University
Horn Day is a mini horn convention free to enthusiasts of all ages. This year’s featured guest is National Symphony Orchestra’s Associate Principal Horn, Laurel Ohlson. She will be performing, teaching a masterclass, and leading a gathering of alphorns.  More details and Registration

November 10: Trumpet Day at George Mason University
Trumpet Day is an annual event open to trumpet players of all ages! Join us for a day packed with masterclasses, performances, and guest speakers. This year will feature brass players from the U.S. Marine Band and our very own Mason Jazz Ensemble!
More details and Registration

November 10: Brass Day at Shenandoah University
Join us for a series of brass clinics with Shenandoah Conservatory’s world-class faculty. This event is open to all high school students. Registration is free in advance; $5 at the door. More details and Registration

November 16: US Navy Band Clarinet Day at Kenmore
Middle school, high school, and adult clarinetists are encouraged to attend as well as music educators. There is no cost for attendance. There are several events planned including a mass clarinet choir of participants/professionals, concerts and master classes, and vendors displaying items pertinent to clarinet performance and instruction. Participants should bring their clarinet and perhaps a harmony clarinet if they wish to perform on that instrument for the clarinet choir.
If there are questions regarding this event please email or visit

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.