The Janney Band

The Band performs several times during the school year including at the winter and spring concerts and the Janney Musical. Beginning and continuing musicians are welcome! Our specialists give beginning group instruction on the flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and drums. Orchestral string players who are taking private lessons are also welcome. If you are just beginning, we would be happy to chat with you about your choice of instruments. (Younger students might begin with the trumpet or clarinet, then, as they grow in size, may transition to a larger instrument.) Morning group lessons begin in the music room in September. By mid-September, full band rehearsals start. Ideally, the students will attend three or more of the seven-ish practice sessions each week (five mornings and two after school.) Afternoon days are determined in the Fall. Janney has a limited number of instruments available for rent on a first come-first served basis. Instruments can also be purchased or rented from local music stores. (Buying new or used instruments online is NOT recommended. A long-unused instrument, no matter its quality, usually needs overhauling to be brought up to snuff.) Ideally, students would own an instrument after the first year of band. For more information, contact Sterling Scroggins at


In 2024, students performed Finding Nemo Kids

Each winter, 5th graders are invited to audition for the musical. Any child auditioning for the musical can take part, and there are also opportunities for students to be involved in building the set and in the stage crew. The musical is directed by parent volunteers. There are also plenty of opportunities for parents to be involved in production, costumes, design and production of the program, stage design and building, and helping out with rehearsals. For more information or to volunteer, please contact

Glee Club

The Janney Glee Club consists of students from fourth and fifth grade. They perform several times throughout the year at Janney events and during Janney’s Winter Concert. Glee Club is directed by David Ifill, Janney’s music teacher.

Visual Arts

All Janney students take visual art classes, but our fourth and fifth grade students can participate in Art Clubs. In addition, third grade students participate in an annual Build Day at the Hirshhorn Museum.