Music Department

 Mr. Marshall White 
Instrumental Music/
Resource Teacher 



Ms. Lisa Itkin 
Choral Music


The B-CC Music Department has earned two Grammy Foundation awards and offers eight instrumental ensembles, three choral ensembles, guitar, piano, and IB music classes. Extracurriculars include pep band, drum line, pit orchestra, small quartets, and combos. Nearly 500 students enroll in a music class each semester. 

  Grammy cover 

  Why Study Music? 

"A Musical Fix for American Schools" (Wall Street Journal, 2014) highlights research on how music training boosts IQ, focus, and persistence. 

  Tri-M Music Honor Society 

 Concert Attire is Required

All musicians must wear concert attire to performances:
  • Females wear the black Lillian gown (click to order).
  • Males wear a tuxedo comparable to the "Basic Tuxedo Package" (click to order) 
  • Choirs wear robes. 
  • Gently-used concert attire is sold each Fall at the Music Boosters' Community Closet sale: Dresses are $40; Tuxedo jackets are $20, pants $20, shirts $10, cummerbund or bow tie $5. Re-sale proceeds benefit the Music Dept. Exchange for a larger size is free. (If you missed the sale on 10/27/18 and still need the req. attire, email for an appointment for your student to try on outfits.)

Handbooks for Ensembles and Classes 

Class Assignments


Great Ways to Support the Music Department

  • Make a donation and have your name listed in a Concert program. You may donate to Music Boosters through If you prefer a check, have your student bring it (along with this form) to their music teacher. Please make checks payable to “B-CC HS Music Boosters.”  
  • Book the String Quartet or Jazz Combo for your next gathering (contact Marshall White:
  • Attend the Fall Fundraiser 'October Overture' and the Spring Fundraiser 'Cabaret' (super fun events!)
  • Donate an instrument (contact Marshall White:
  • Donate gently-used concert attire to the B-CC Music Community Closet
  • Buy gently-used concert attire from the Community Closet
  • Join the Music listserv for news and events 
  • Eat more fruit! Participate in our annual fruit fundraiser each Fall.
  • Help with the Music Boosters Cafe held during the annual B-CC Used Book Sale: Bake, Volunteer for a shift, and/or Play music at the Cafe!

Frequently Asked Questions 


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Up Next:


B-CC Jazz Ensemble performs w/ MCPS Faculty Big Band
Monday, May 20 @ 7:00pm
Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club

Don't miss this fantastic evening of music!  Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door:


  Join the Music Listserv to hear our latest news and coming events.   


Election Results from 5/13/2019 Music Boosters Meeting--
Music Boosters Officers for 2019-2020:
    President - Charlotte Knepper
    Vice-President - Alison Gee
    Treasurer - Ted Hammerman 
    Secretary - Robin Yang  

  Calendar of Events and Performances           

  Sneak Peek at Important Music Dates
for the upcoming 2019-20 School Year:
Oct. 26, 2019 @ 7:00-9:30pm:  The Fall Fundraiser 'October Overture' 
Dec.11 & 12, 2019 @ 7:00pm: Winter Concerts 
Feb. 7, 2020 @ 7:00-9:30pm: The Spring Fundraiser 'Cabaret' 
April 16-19, 2020: Music Trip to Boston 
April 29 & 30, 2020 @ 7:00pm: Spring Concerts 
May 18, 2020: Jazz Ensemble Performs at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club 
 We're Always Accepting 'Community Closet'
Concert Attire Donations...
 The Community Closet gladly accepts your gently-used concert attire to help outfit freshmen and others who have outgrown their current uniform. Re-sale proceeds benefit the Music Department!  Please bring concert dresses and tuxedos (including bow ties and cummerbunds) to the donation box in the B-CC Front Office.
(For info. about Community Closet, contact    
   Donation Box


Music Boosters work hard to make fundraising lots of fun, but if that's not your thing (or even if it is) please consider supporting the B-CC Music Program with a direct donation.  Donate online through  (select B-CC High School Music Dept) or use the offline form for check and cash donations. Request for Music Department Donations



Past Performances: 

 The Spring 2018-19 Music Concerts capped off a great school year.  Listen to the concerts here.

 Jazz Combo 11-3-17   Jazz Combo 11-5-17
 The Jazz Ensemble had a busy first week of November playing at the National Press Club for the Institute for Patient and Family Centered Care 25th Anniversary Celebration Gala and the Western Grove Urban Park park opening celebration.  
 The 2017 October Overture featured wonderful music performed by our music teachers and parents!   View performances here .

 Jazz Combo September 2017

  The Jazz Ensemble performed in October at the Rollingwood Citizens Association picnic to rave reviews. "The Jazz Combo was fantastic! They are all terrific musicians, emanating professionalism and poise. When we decided to move them outdoors, they took the change in stride. They were a credit to themselves and to B-CC."