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Two Grammy Music Educator Quarter-finalists from BCPS

posted Jun 9, 2017, 9:43 AM by Towson High Music



I am thrilled to share the news that Baltimore County is yet again represented in the quarterfinals of the Grammy Music Educator Award! These educators are:


Mr. David Rhen, Instrumental Music Teacher, Towson High School


Mr. Ronald McFadden, Choral Music Teacher, Southwest Academy


The full announcement and list of quarterfinalists may be viewed here:


Congratulations to these wonderful music educators on this national recognition!




The Office of Music and Dance Education


Brian K. Schneckenburger, Ph.D.

Supervisor, Music and Dance

Office of Music and Dance Education

Baltimore County Public Schools

Jefferson Building, 4th Floor

105 W. Chesapeake Ave.

Towson, MD 21204

Office: 443-809-9735

Fax: 410-832-2917

Towson University Marching Band Summer Camp for High School Band Students

posted Jun 1, 2017, 6:21 AM by Towson High Music

The Towson University Marching Band is excited to announce information for our Marching Band Summer Camp for High School Band Students! The dates for our camp this summer are July 5th – 8th, and we will have both commuter and overnight accommodation packages. Areas of specialties will include: Brass, Woodwinds, Marching, Drum Majors, Color Guard, Battery Percussion, and Front Ensemble Percussion. Leadership will be innate to all experiences! Instruction will be headed up by our band staff here at Towson University:

John Miliauskas – Director of Athletic Bands
Christopher Cicconi – Director of Bands
Amy Brown – Color Guard Director, Administrative Assistant

Information can be found at the camp website at:

Our purpose is a sincere effort to promote music education, through marching band. Contact us at, or by phone at 410.704.5485 with any questions. We look forward to offering your students a great marching band experience!

Thank you,

John Miliauskas
Director of Athletic Bands
Director of the World Famous Towson University Marching Band
Towson University
8000 York Road
Towson, MD   21252

2017-2018 Towson High Marching Band Sign Up Meeting May 31st

posted May 5, 2017, 9:23 AM by Towson High Music

Anyone wishing to join the Towson High School Marching Band should plan to attend the mandatory sign up meeting on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 7pm in the Towson High Auditorium. Here are the details (flyer is attached at the bottom of this page):

Towson High School Marching Band

2017-2018 Season

The Marching Generals

“The Best Band within 50 Miles of the Chesapeake Bay!”




Mandatory Meeting: Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 7-8 PM *REVISED DATE*

Towson High School Auditorium

All new and returning students must attend with a parent/guardian

Contact is Mr. Rhen,


Mini Camp: Tuesday, August 1st and Thursday, August 3rd, 9am-4pm Towson High School, room 253


Mandatory Band Camp: Sunday, August 6th through Friday, August 11th

Sleepover Camp Ramblewood in Darlington, MD


Regular Practice: September & October, 2 days per week after school


Saturday/Sunday Performances: 5 Varsity Home Football Games, 3 Parades, BCPS Showcase of Bands & Disney Trip: March 23-27, 2018


*The Marching Season is August through October (similar to a Fall sport)


*Membership is open to ANY Towson High School student in grades 9-12


Visit our website:

Contact is Mr. Rhen:


Marching Band – Color Guard – Drum Line


Towson High Music To Return to DisneyWorld, Spring 2018

posted May 1, 2017, 8:32 AM by Towson High Music   [ updated May 1, 2017, 8:32 AM ]

Dear THS Music Students and Parents,

The Towson High School Music Boosters is sponsoring their 5th biennial performance trip to Disney World
Resorts in Orlando, Florida. The dates of the trip are Friday, March 23, 2018 through Tuesday, March 27, 2018.
Although the trip is about 11 months from now, we want to make families aware for planning purposes.
Students who attend this trip will miss 2.5 days of school (Friday afternoon, Monday and Tuesday). Students
will be responsible for completing make up work prior to the trip. Please double check your calendar.

The trip will be 5 days and 4 nights. The expected cost is $800 per student. About 50 parent chaperones will be
needed and will be charged a reduced cost of $600 per chaperone. Additionally, 5 registered nurses will be
needed (one per bus). If you are a parent that would consider participating in our trip as a nurse, please email
Mr. Olin,

Fundraising: Two Music Boosters-sponsored fundraisers will occur for students who wish to reduce the cost of
their trip. A citrus sale will be held in September and a wreath sale will be held in November. Additionally,
financial aid can be requested once we return to school in the Fall.

Special Notes: As in past years, students enrolled in Choir, Orchestra and Marching Band will
be invited on this trip. Students enrolled in Wind Ensemble (i.e., “Band” class) or Percussion Ensemble should
join marching band if they wish to participate in the trip. The marching band sign up meeting will be held on
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 in the THS Auditorium at 7-8pm (student and parent must attend this meeting).

Additionally, a small number of band students (wind, brass, and percussion) may be selected to perform with
the orchestra if they are upperclassmen who participated in All-Honors or All-State.
Disney is strict on the number of students allowed to perform in the Orchestra (100 student maximum) and
Choir (90-110 student maximum). There is no limit to the number of students in the Marching Band. Because of
this, students enrolled in Wind Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble should consider joining the marching band
as their primary avenue for attending the trip.

Students who are subjected to Category 1, 2, or 3 disciplinary action from school administration as described in
the BCPS Student Handbook will not be allowed to attend the trip with no refund given.

Trip Details:
Who: Students enrolled in Choir, and Orchestra during the regular school day at Towson High School and
Marching Band students who attend band camp and finish the regular marching band season in good standing.
What: “Disney Performing Arts OnStage” music performance trip to Disney World, Orlando, FL
When: Depart Friday, March 23, 2018 at Noon
Return Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 8:00 PM
Cost: $800 per student (quad room, non-refundable)
$600 per parent chaperone (double room, non-refundable)

Included in the cost of the trip:
-Round-trip motor coach from Towson, MD, to Orlando, FL
-“Disney Performing Arts OnStage” Performance
-Hotel accommodations for two nights
-Three days in Disney World Resorts: Park Hopper Pass (Epcot, Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios)
-Custom designed T-shirt
-5 meals

Payment Schedule:
$400 due 9/29/2017
$400 due 12/1/2017

Please email Mr. Olin,, or with any questions.

The Towson High School Music Boosters, Inc.

A trip announcement letter is attached to this page.

BCPS selected“Best Communities for Music Education” x11

posted Apr 6, 2017, 8:13 AM by Towson High Music

Dear Music Educators,


The Office of Music and Dance Education is proud to announce that Baltimore County Public Schools has, for the 11th consecutive year, been selected as one of America’s “Best Communities for Music Education”. Less than four percent of U.S. School Districts share this distinction, and even fewer have had such a longstanding tenure on the list!


We wanted to share this news with you because this award is truly yours: it is a testament to the long-standing commitment to excellence in music education in BCPS, and to each of your individual commitments. Thank you for all that you continue to do for our children, and please enjoy a safe, restful spring break.




BCPS Office of Music and Dance



Brian K. Schneckenburger, Ph.D.

Supervisor, Music and Dance

Office of Music and Dance Education

Baltimore County Public Schools

Jefferson Building, 4th Floor

105 W. Chesapeake Ave.

Towson, MD 21204

Office: 443-809-9735

Fax: 410-832-2917


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