St. Timothy School Band
Director: Ms. Lauren Fitzpatrick
The St. Timothy Band is a great opportunity for students here at our school. The program is run through the Garwood Whaley Music Program, which has been bringing band to the Catholic schools for 35 years. Starting in 4th grade students are invited to participate in the program. There are no prerequisites as most 4th graders are placed in Beginner Band. Students meet once a week on Wednesdays and perform in several concerts through out the school year. The Advanced Band (5th – 8th graders) takes a semi-annual trip to a band competition in Hershey, PA. They took home a 2nd place trophy in 2011 and also have received the highest rating of “Superior” at the Diocesan Band Festival 4 years in a row.
The band is under the direction of Mrs. Bess Sussman. She has taught music and performing arts in several school systems (K-8). She holds a BA (Music, Religious Studies) from UVA and attended the Music Education Licensure Program at GMU. She currently performs with the Fairfax Wind Symphony (principal oboe) and interned at the Ford’s Theatre Society in Washington DC. Her husband is an STS alum too!