General Music, Band, Strings, and Chorus
Band is a weekly special that is included in our master calendar. Students do not have to miss their other studies to be involved in band. Any 5th or 6th grade student can sign up! The choices you have are flute, oboe, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, baritone, tuba or percussion. If you stay on your same instrument from 5th grade to 6th grade, you are eligible to be in the Advanced Band! You may also try a different instrument in 6th grade if you want to explore your other choices. We perform two concerts every year - a winter concert in December and a spring concert in June. All students get to perform at both concerts. Other optional activities we do include our Jingle Bell stroll in December, an area band day/performance with the Falls Church High School Band, the District Ten Solo and Ensemble Festival and our marching band parade. Sign ups begin in late spring and conclude around the third week of the school year. Hope to see you playing an instrument in the Westlawn Band!
Moments from Band
Students in fifth grade and sixth grade have the opportunity to join our chorus, which meets weekly. In order to qualify for chorus, students must demonstrate appropriate behavior, personal responsibility, and receive their teacher's approval to leave the classroom. Students in chorus learn vocal technique, how to take care of their voice, and how to perform for an audience. Students perform twice annually for Westlawn at the Winter and Spring concerts. Students also have the occasional opportunity to perform elsewhere, such as singing the National Anthem before a Falls Church High School football game or singing at the DC Cherry Blossom Festival. Exceptional choral students have the opportunity to join the 6th Grade All County Choral Festival.
Moments from Chorus
All Westlawn students take General Music as a special during each week. During General Music students have opportunities to learn how to read music, play instruments such as the xylophone and the recorder, participate in musical theater performances, sing songs from around the globe, and participate in rhythm activities.
Moments from General Music Classes
Strings is a weekly special available to 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. The instrument choices are violin, viola, cello, and bass. We have two concerts each year and various other performance opportunities. This is a great group of students to be a part of!
Moments from Strings
Our Music Specialists
Hello! My name is Mark Deal and this will be my 28th Year in FCPS. I'm thrilled be at Westlawn this year helping out Ms. Emery in Strings. Over my 27 years in FCPS I have taught at all levels (ES, MS, HS) and at many schools. Besides teaching I also spend some of my evenings and weekends performing with various groups in the Metro DC area.
I have been the band director at Westlawn for many years! I even have former students who are working as teachers now. My passion is music and teaching band lets me share that with our students. Students can join band in 5th and 6th grade. I hope that I can give them a good foundation and a love of performing on a band instrument so that they will continue with band throughout their school life! Please contact me with any questions you have about band or how to sign up!