Music/Performing Arts Department

  • BCME 2023 

    Welcome to the Arlington High School Music/Performing Arts Department

    Richard Guillen, Coordinator, office ext. 31136              

    Music Department faculty office ext. 31138
    The Arlington High School Music/Performing Arts program is a nationally recognized music program that has enjoyed many successes since its beginnings over 50 years ago.
    The Arlington Performing Arts program has been named one of the NAMM Foundation's BEST COMMUNITIES FOR MUSIC EDUCATION IN THE USA every year since 2012. The band, orchestra, chorus, and theater arts programs have garnered many accolades and honors at the local, regional, state, and national levels.  The Arlington High School music department currently supports 5 concert bands, 5 orchestras, 2 choirs, 3 jazz ensembles, a competitive marching band, an indoor color guard, and numerous instrumental and vocal chamber ensembles. The department also offers a comprehensive Theater Arts course of study and a drama club that performs plays and musicals. 
    Arlington High School musical ensembles and music students have performed at Carnegie Hall, The Mid-West Band and Orchestra Clinic, the NYSSMA State Music Conference, the ASTA National String Conference, the ACSD National Choral Conference, the Berklee Jazz Festival, NYSSMA Majors Festivals, and at Music in the Parks music festivals.
    Every school year, over 500 students participate in one of the many programs offered by the Arlington High School Music Department.  The program offers multiple levels of bands, choirs, and orchestras, as well as instruction in music theory, piano, rudiments of music, and theater arts classes.  The size of the department allows the school to offer an ensemble experience that meets many ability levels in grades 9-12.

    Curricular Ensembles currently offered are as follows, and all are assigned by audition/recommendation and are ability-based:


    9th Grade Gold Band Band
    9th Grade Maroon Band
    Concert Band (10-12)
    Symphonic Band (10-12)
    Wind Ensemble  (10-12)


    Symphonette (9th grade)
    Chamber Orchestra (9th grade)
    Sinfonia Orchestra (10-12)
    Symphony Orchestra (10-12)
    Philharmonia Orchestra (10-12)


    Mixed Chorus (9-12)
    Concert Choir (10-12)

    Theater Arts: 

    Introduction to Drama 
    Theater Production
    Actor's Studio
    In addition, to the many exciting programs offered during the school day, the Arlington High School Music Department offers many large and small group ensembles after school.  These groups require participation in a regular school day ensemble.

    Some of these programs include:

     - The Arlington Admiral Marching Band (click here to go to the marching band page)

    Jazz Machine

    Jazz II

    Jazz III

    - Brass Choir

    - Woodwind Quintet

    - Brass Quintet

    - Saxophone Quartet

    - String Quartets

    - Admiral Players Theater Production

    ...and many other types of groups.