Mr. Mark Sawasky, Band Director
band playing in concertPlaying a band instrument is great fun for students, and it also teaches many lessons about hard work, dedication and persistence, creativity, and working as a team.

Parents are strongly encouraged to allow their children to take advantage of this chance to participate in a great music program, which is available to fourth – eighth grade students.

The band program at St. Ambrose School is a part of the Garwood Whaley Music Program, which is the instrumental music program for the schools in the Diocese of Arlington. Instruction is given in the following instruments:

  • flute
  • clarinet
  • alto saxophone
  • trumpet
  • French horn
  • trombone
  • baritone
  • percussion

students playing band instrumentsBand day is Thursday each week.  Students receive half-hour lessons during the school day. Band is scheduled at a different time  each week, so that students can keep on track academically. For students who have progressed beyond the beginner level, after school band practice is from 3-4 pm on Tuesdays.

The band program provides affordable instruction as well. Over the course of the school year, you will pay less than $10.00 per lesson (not including the cost of instrument rental) for quality instruction. Your child will also have the opportunity to play in two or three concerts during the year. Private instruction can be much more expensive and does not always include performance opportunities.

The study of music is unlike any other academic endeavor. Studies have shown that children who study music can experience development in intelligence and increased success in school. The discipline of studying music leads to the development of lifetime skill that will benefit your child for the rest of his life


St. Ambrose Catholic School

3827 Woodburn Road, Annandale, VA 22003

Phone: 703-698-7171

Fax: 703-698-7170

St. Ambrose School admits students of any race, color, and national origin.

"Christ is everything to us" – St. Ambrose