Welcome to the Instrumental Music Department!

The Thomas Wootton High School Instrumental Music Department is a comprehensive music program offering 4 bands, 3 orchestras, AP music theory, guitar, and pit orchestra.

Thomas S. Wootton High School Marching Band

2022 Maryland March Band Association Open Regional Champions!

The Wootton High School Instrumental Music Program offers many opportunities for students: Chamber Winds, Symphonic Winds, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pit Orchestra, North Potomac Indoor Guard, and Jazz Band. The Chamber Winds, Symphonic Winds, and Jazz Band consistently earn Superior ratings at the District Band Assessments. The WHS Bands and Orchestras have been invited to perform at the Maryland Music Educators Fall and Spring In-Service Conferences and are distinguished by the largest representation in the district honor groups and Maryland All-State.  Students also participate in Solo and Ensemble Performance Assessments, the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra, the Potomac Valley Youth Orchestra, and the American Youth Philharmonic. The Marching Band is a frequent Maryland Marching Band Association competitor.  This past season they won the Open West Region Championship and in 2021 placed third.  While competing in the US Bands Competitions, Wootton won the 2018 group 3A National Championship and Maryland State Marching Band Championship.   All Marching Band Members participate in the Summer Band Camp

Why play an instrument?

There is ample evidence that the arts help students develop the attitudes, characteristics, and intellectual skills required to participate in today’s society and economy. The arts teach self-discipline, reinforce self-esteem, and foster the thinking skills and creativity so valued in the workplace. They teach the importance of teamwork and cooperation. They demonstrate the direct connection between study, hard work, and high levels of achievement.   
National Standards for Arts Education
The Express Concert

The Express, a student-led and extracurricular full orchestra, performed...

KIDA Champions!

Wootton's Indoor Percussion and Guard KIDA Championships results! ,  ...

Instrumental Music Staff

Susan Eckerle

Susan Eckerle

Director of Bands

Carolyn Herman

Carolyn Herman

Director of Orchestras & Assistant Director of Bands