Concert Band

Department Chairperson/Instrumental Music Director – Mr. Gerald Cavanaugh
Band Front Advisor – Mr. Rick Stewart
Percussion Instructor – Mr. Drew Harrah

Band class fulfills the current course requirement for fine arts. This class is performance based, requiring participation in all school, county and state band activities as determined by the director. After school rehearsals are required in preparation for these adjudicated events. Additionally, band class performs at both the winter and spring concerts.

Auditions are open to all students. STEM students are welcome and highly encouraged to take advantage of the after school Music Activity Period and receive their Fine Arts Credit (for STEM students only).

View our Welcome to South River Music Boosters slides to gain a high level understanding of what the Music Boosters are and what they do.


Students in the Concert Band Performance Group will be fitted for concert attire that is purchased through the activity fees ($200 per year). 

Female Students

The women’s concert attire is a black, full length dress, black hose and black dress shoes. The black dress will be provided. Students are responsible for altering the length of the dress. DO NOT have the bottom of the dress cut during the alteration so that it can be let out for the next student who needs to use it.

The hose and shoes must be purchased at local stores. 

Male Students

The men’s concert attire is a black vest, a long sleeved white tuxedo shirt, black tuxedo pants, black socks and black dress shoes. The black vest and the bowtie will be provided. The tuxedo shirt, pants, socks and shoes must be purchased at local stores. The black socks must be crew length or higher (no ankle socks!).


Band students are assessed fees to offset the expenses associated with managing the band program including music, field show development, instrument repair, transportation and much more.

The Concert Band Performance Group fee is $200 for the year. Payments are split into Fall and Spring semesters:

  • $100 due Sept 30
  • $100 due Feb 28

* A 50% discount will apply to all additional performance groups of equal or lesser value than the highest value performance group. For example, if a student participates in Marching Band, Concert Band, and Jazz, the following adjustments are made:

$300 Marching Band
$100 Concert Band
$25 Jazz Band

Total for the year: $425 (payment schedule: $150 due at Band Camp, $150 due Sept 30, $125 due Feb 28)

For questions regarding the payment schedule, please reach out to the Music Booster Financial Secretary for assistance.

Instrumental Loans

  • $60 per year – Instrumental loaner fee

Payment Instructions

When submitting a payment, please follow these instructions to ensure that payments are credited properly:

  1. Write your child’s first and last name on the memo line of the check along with the purpose of the payment (i.e. Fall Fee, Spring Trip, meal, etc)
  2. Place all checks inside an envelope labeled with your child’s full name and purpose of the payment.
  3. If you wish to combine fees into one check, indicate that information on the check as well (i.e. band camp fee, fall fee, spring fee, etc)

All envelopes should be placed in the black mailbox outside the Music Department office or mailed to:

South River High School
Attn: Music Boosters
201 Central Ave East
Edgewater, MD 21037

If you need to split payments, please reach out to the Music Booster Financial Secretary for assistance.

Student Leadership

Congratulations to this year’s South River High School Concert Band leaders.


For questions regarding the Concert Band Performance Group, please contact Mr. Cavanaugh at 410-956-5600 or by email at

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