Instrumental Music

Instrumental Music at Seton gives students the opportunity to collaborate together and perform at the highest level while also growing as individuals. Our ensembles consistently receive Superior ratings at regional and national competitions throughout the country.

Our ensembles have received First prize overall for band and orchestra at competitions in South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, and more! In addition, we have students who successfully audition for the All-State Band and Orchestra, the WAMTC Honor Band and receive Superior ratings at the Prince Georges County Solo and Ensemble Festival.

Honors students take private lessons throughout the year with DC's top professionals on their instruments, and are given new opportunities to challenge themselves and grow throughout the year, 50% of our students' private lesson cost is reimbursed through our parent-led Music Boosters fundraising efforts each year. Our top musicians also join Tri-M, a national Music and Service based Honor Society that supports Seton's music program, and provides musical outreach to nursing homes and elementary schools in our community.

Our band and orchestra teacher, Dr. Bradley Tatum, has taught at Seton for 7 years, and in Prince Georges County for 15 years. In addition to his accomplishments with the Seton Music program, he is a leading professional hornist in the DC area, performing regularly with groups such as the Apollo Orchestra, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Washington Bach Consort, Washington Concert Opera and more.

Music Course Offerings

  • Wind Ensemble (Honors and Regular)
  • Concert Band
  • Advanced Orchestra(Honors and Regular)
  • Intermediate Orchestra

Music Lesson Reimbursement

Seton music students (vocal and instrumental) who take private music lessons are eligible to receive partial reimbursement for music lesson fees, whether lessons take place on campus or in a private studio. Please download the Music Lesson Reimbursement Form to request reimbursement. Forms must be completely filled out and signed by Dr. Tatum (instrumental music students) or Mr. Cromwell (choral music students) and the private instructor for approval. Click here for the Lesson Reimbursement form.

Reimbursement is capped at $20 per lesson and the number of lessons for each quarter:

·        1st quarter - 5 lesson reimbursements
·        2nd quarter - 7 lesson reimbursements
·        3rd quarter - 7 lesson reimbursements
·        4th quarter - 5 lesson reimbursements
Due dates for the forms to be completed and turned in to Dr. Tatum or Mr. Cromwell:

·        1st Quarter: November 2
·        2nd Quarter: January 25
·        3rd Quarter: March 24
·        4th Quarter: June 2