The study of instrumental music opens an adventure of wonder, knowledge, appreciation and discovery! Band is open to children in grades 5 through 8. Students can choose from any woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument.  Beginning and intermediate/advanced band is offered on a regular weekly basis during the school day. Kennedy Catholic High School provides the instruction under faculty member, Frances McKamey, who travels to Holy Rosary for band instruction.

Students learn the basics of music, develop the skills to play a traditional band instrument, as well as experience the pride felt in belonging to a school performance group. Music is a great channel to enhance a child’s self-esteem!

Since 1984, hundreds of students have actively taken part in this program. The highlight of the academic year is the annual Band Festival. All the band members of the nine schools join forces with the Kennedy Band for a fun-filled evening of music at the high school in May. The Honor Band and a summer band camp are also additional opportunities for our young musicians! Eighth grade graduates entering Kennedy Catholic High School will find a smooth transition into the award winning high school band!

Joining band:

  1. No previous experience is needed, but students must be in grades 5-8.
  2. Tuition is $15.00 per month, which is paid to Holy Rosary School. Payments are from September through May.
  3. A rental program by one of our local music dealers supplies the instruments at reasonable prices. (A-Sharp Music located in Renton, Music & Arts located in Burien, Westside Music in West Seattle) The required method book and music stand may also be purchased at the upcoming rental meeting (Date TBA). Although most of our band parents choose to rent the instruments, many have family owned instruments to use. Details regarding the rental meeting and a price sheet will be handed out at the band assembly.
  4. Band Today Book 1 is required for every instrument (student must purchase).


Band class is on Mondays and Wednesdays.  Please see times below:

Monday: School Band (grades 6-8) from 10am-10:45am.  Beginning band (5th grade) is 10:45-11:30am

Wednesday: School Band (grades 6-8) from 2:30-3:15pm.  Beginning band (5th grade) is 1:45pm-2:30pm

Please contact Frances McKamey with questions.

Mondays10:00am-10:45amSchool Hall: School Band, grades 6-8
Mondays10:45am-11:30AMSchool Hall: Beginning Band
Wednesdays1:45pm-2:30pmParish Center: Beginning Band
Wednesdays2:30pm-3:15pmParish Center: School Band
Sept. 2nd, Wed1:00pm-1:30pmSchool Hall: 5th grade Band Presentation
Sept. 9th, MonFirst Day of Band
Sept. 12th, Sat12:00pmGuadalupe School Hall: Instrument Rental meeting
Dec. 16th, Wed2:30pm-3:15pmChurch: Rehearsal for Christmas Program
Dec. 17th, Thu6:15pmChurch: Christmas Program Performance
May 4th, TueAll-DayHonor Band Members Only, Honor Band Tour, performance at HRS 9-9:30am
May 12th, Wed7:00pmKennedy Catholic H.S. Gym: BAND FESTIVAL, 7pm, required for grades 5-8
May 17th, Mon10:30-11:00amSchool Hall: 4th grade Recruit Assembly, grades 5-8 perform
May 17th, Mon7pmPAC, Kennedy Spring Instrument Program, Honor Band Only
May 21st, FriTBDHoly Rosary Gym, Talent Show