Exploration is the beginning of education! The study of instrumental music opens to an adventure of wonder, knowledge, appreciation and discovery!

Beginning and Middle School Band is offered on a regular weekly basis. Kennedy Catholic High School provides the instruction under faculty member, Frances McKamey. The fifth grade Beginning Band has classes on Mondays and Fridays.  Middle School Band (gr. 6-8) meets on Wednesdays and Fridays.

The students learn the basics of music, develop the skills to play a traditional band instrument, as well as experience the pride felt in belonging to a school performance group. Music is a great channel to enhance a child’s self-esteem!

Since 1984, hundreds of students have actively taken part in this program! The highlight of the academic year is the annual Band Festival. All the band members of the nine schools join forces with the Kennedy Band for a fun-filled evening of music at the high school in May. The Honor Band and a summer band camp are also additional opportunities for our young musicians! Eighth grade graduates entering Kennedy Catholic High School will find a smooth transition into the award winning high school band!


  1. No previous experience is needed. Grades 5-8th.
  2. Tuition is $160 ($20 due each month Oct 2022 to May 2023) paid with your monthly tuition payment.
  3. A rental program by one of our local music dealers supplies the instruments at reasonable prices. The required method book and music stand may also be purchased at the upcoming rental meeting. Although most of our band parents choose to rent the instruments, many have family owned instruments to use. Details regarding the rental meeting and a price sheet will be handed out at the band assembly.

Questions? Please feel free to contact Miss McKamey @206-246-0500 ext. 370.

Beginning Band (Grade 5)
Our expectation is all 5th grade students participate in Beginning Band.  Please complete this form so Ms. McKamey can get to know your child’s interests. Please note Beginning Band is an additional cost of $160 annually ($20 due each month with your tuition payment Oct 2022 to May 2023).  Please let Mr. Kramer know if this cost is a hardship for your family.  Remember to bring your instrument on Mondays and Fridays!  
  • Mondays 2:15 – 3:00 pm
  • Fridays 10:30 – 11:15 am

Middle School Band (Grades 6-8)
Middle school band meets on Wednesdays and Fridays during the school day beginning Sept 9th. Please see more information about band from Ms. McKamey.  Band is an additional cost of $160 annually ($20 due each month with your tuition payment Oct 2022 to May 2023).  Remember to bring your instrument on Wednesdays and Fridays!  
  • Wednesdays 12:30 – 1:15 pm
  • Fridays 9:30 – 10:15 am

For middle school students who are not partaking in band, there will be various enrichment courses offered, graded, and taught by the middle school team and guest instructors.