Beginner Band is for students just beginning an instrument, and since our school starts in 4th grade, it is primarily 4th grade students. These students may choose to play flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone and tuba. Students in 5th and 6th grade may also opt to play drums. Beginner Band meets on Tuesday mornings before school at 7:45 a.m.and will be able to participate in both the Winter and Spring Concerts.
The Knight Band is our intermediate ensemble, named after our school mascot. It is primarily 5th grade students and meets on Wednesday mornings at 7:45 a.m.This ensemble will also participate in both the Winter and Spring Concerts, and will likely play for the student body throughout the year.
Our Concert Band is our most advanced ensemble is made up of students who have played for 2-4 years. Concert Band meets Friday mornings before school at 7:45 a.m., and will also perform in both the Winter and Spring concerts. Throughout the year, the Concert Band also performs for Milltown Day, Veteran's Day, and at a Spring Music Festival, along with performing various assembly programs. These students may also opt to participate in the JK Jazz Band, an ensemble that focuses on jazz and pop selections.
Chorus is available for all JK students. Students may be in both band and chorus. All grades rehearse in school during their recess times in the music room on Wednesdays. Students may join at any time during the year. Winter and spring band/chorus concerts are held annually in the JK APR at 7pm.
Joyce Kilmer School has developed a reputation for high quality musical productions held each winter in the Joyce Kilmer School All-Purpose Room. The musical production consists of students in grades 4-8. High quality, age-appropriate Musical Productions are taken directly from the Broadway Junior series provided by Music Theater International. Auditions are held early in the fall with frequent rehearsals and practices. An audition and/or meeting with the Musical Directors are necessary in order for any student to participate in the musical production.