School Without Walls Stage Band


The formation of the School Without Walls Stage Band, the school’s first instrumental ensemble of its kind, marks a new stepping stone in the pursuit of a better education. Along with being well-rounded in rigorous academic subjects, students in the SWW Stage Band also have the opportunity to learn what it is like to play in a band, which may become a career option further down the line. Under the instruction of Christopher O. J. Alberts, the SWW Stage Band works to learn about all the aspects of creating music with other people. From expanding their knowledge of musical theory to becoming better sight readers, to practicing the art of original composition— the players in the SWW Stage Band attain the skills necessary to perhaps become professional musicians.

Since its inception, the SWW Stage band has become a staple of the Washington, D.C. area. They have performed at venues and events throughout the city, ranging from the D.C. Metro Police-sponsored Bands in the Neighborhood programs, to events for the Washington Teachers Union, George Washington University, and the Mayor. Most recently, the band completed a nine-day tour of China. The band has been invited to participate in World Strides Heritage Festival of Gold, a performance series that features outstanding band, orchestra, and choral groups from around the country.

Watch Past Performances

Video 5/2/2016: School Without Walls

School Without Walls, a Kennedy Center D.C. Partnership Initiative School, presents a musical evening featuring their eight-piece Stage Band and Concert Choir. The band will present a variety of contemporary popular music from the 1950s to the present day, while the choir, comprised of 25 students, will perform standard concert music. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to two tickets per person.

Video 5/7/2015: School Without Walls Stage Band and Senior High School Concert Choir

Students share the stage for an evening of instrumental and vocal performances. Both groups have performed at venues and in events around D.C.

Video 5/17/2014: School Without Walls High School

Students from the DC high school offer an evening of instrumental performances. School Without Walls is a Kennedy Center DC Partnership Initiative School (

Video 2/27/2012: Old Mill Steel Drum Band/School Without Walls Stage Band

These Anne Arundel County and DC Public Schools ensembles perform as part of Music in Our Schools Month.

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