Program Mission

The mission of the Archbishop Curley Instrumental Music Program is to provide students with opportunities for self-expression, discipline, excellence, and life experiences through musical performance, fostering lifelong performers and supporters of quality music.

Our goal is to help our young men become versatile musicians, and we do this through a highly comprehensive curriculum. The Instrumental Music Program sets the highest standards and provides the students with a progressive four-year, five-step system of
musical requirements and evaluation. Each step consists of sequential studies in applied instrumental technique, theory and music history. The members of the Curley Instrumental Music Program strive, through self-discipline, hard work, and determination, to perform at a professional level.

Instrumental Ensembles

The Archbishop Curley Concert Band is open to all students by audition only, grades 9-12, who play a wind, brass, or percussion instrument. This intermediate/advanced level ensemble performs at local, state, and regional festivals and assessments.

Watch the Concert Band play a Christmas Medley.


The Archbishop Curley Jazz Ensemble is open to all students by audition only. This group performs intermediate to advanced level repertoire in all styles, including swing, latin, funk, and rock. This group performs frequently off campus at local and regional jazz festivals.

Watch the Jazz Ensemble play “Muy Caliente.”

The Archbishop Curley Drumline is a marching percussion ensemble comprised of all Freshman percussionists as well select upperclassmen. The Curley Drumline performs at on-campus sporting events and at one regional music festival each year.

The Archbishop Curley Jazz Lab is a training ensemble preparing students with basics in the jazz idiom. This ensemble meets once a week.

Instrumental Music Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can my son be in athletics and or clubs as well as participate in the band?
Yes, the many Curley athletes also participate in the Curley performing ensembles.

Q. Does the band take trips?
Yes, every year, the Curley Instrumental Music program takes a trip to perform in a
regional music festival. Past trips have included Boston, Chicago, New York, Orlando,
Nashville, Myrtle Beach, and more.

Q. Is there an audition for the instrumental program? If so, when do the
auditions occur?
Yes, there are instrumental music scholarships available. Auditions for these
scholarships take place in January. Requirements are listed in the Admissions section


The Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble and our newest ensemble, Drumline have earned top honors over the years. All three ensembles have earned awards in 2019 for their performances in the spring adjudications-‘The Band Trip” Our students have also earned positions in the Maryland All State Jazz Ensemble and have won significant scholarships to pursue music at Major Universities.

2018-19  AWARDS

Curley – Grand Champion: Performing Arts Consultants Festival, Nashville, TN
Concert Band – Gold: Performing Arts Consultants Festival, Nashville, TN
Jazz Ensemble – Gold: Performing Arts Consultants Festival, Nashville, TN
Drumline – Silver: Performing Arts Consultants Festival, Nashville, TN
Michael Gardiner ’19 – Soloist Award: Performing Arts Consultants Festival, Nashville, TN
Joseph D. Schlee ’19 – John Hartman Music Award
Connor Draper ’19 – John Philip Sousa Award
Michael Gardiner ’19 – Louis Armstrong Jazz Award


The advanced music students in our Honors Pathway select a small ensemble composition or concerto in the fall that they then prepare for a performance the following spring.