Governor Thomas Johnson High School Band
Frederick, Maryland
About Us
It is a great honor to welcome you to one of the finest high school band programs in our area. As your director, I have come to find TJ Band to consist of the most hardworking, talented, brightest, passionate, and friendliest students I have encountered in my years of teaching. These past few years, TJ Band has earned critical acclaim in all areas of performance including marching band, concert band, percussion ensemble, jazz ensemble, both indoor color guard and percussion as well as several small ensembles. I expect that this tradition of excellence continues for the years to come.

In addition to musical honors, our band has maintained a high level of character among its membership. Leadership traits such as self-discipline, courage, integrity, and teamwork are demonstrated on a daily basis and are the foundation of our philosophy.

Our band program comprises several types of ensembles, which participate in competitive and non-competitive events. Our concert groups have earned consistent superior and excellent ratings at Concert Festivals throughout the area and our marching groups have won numerous “First Place” awards at competitions in our circuit. Our indoor color guard and percussion groups have successfully competed and placed in the top 10 in some of the highest divisions and our jazz ensemble is a wonderful staple in the school. The band also performs for many school events such as home football games, spirit rallies, and honorary banquets.

While your child will grow and mature during the coming years, parental involvement remains an important element of your child’s Band experience. No matter your talents or your schedules, the Band (and your child in particular) will welcome whatever you can contribute – musical talent is not a prerequisite. Some parents chaperone students on trips, some size the students’ uniforms, some load and unload equipment; each of these efforts are critical to the Band’s success.

GTJHS is a place where traditions are developing, and creativity and enthusiasm seem ever present. Among the hallmarks of this school are its diversity of students, its friendly atmosphere, and its high quality of instruction. I believe that you will find all of these traits in our band program. The purpose of this handbook is to acquaint all members with the basic policies and procedures of the band. It is hoped that an understanding of these guidelines will result in a more enjoyable and rewarding year for all involved.