Instrumental Ensembles

Symphonic Band/Concert Band

Students who play wind and percussion instruments are urged to continue their musical development by participating in the Bishop O’Connell High School Symphonic and Concert Bands. The bands perform regularly in concerts, school events, and in the community.

Members of these bands extend their talents to additional instrumental groups such as the Pep Band, Jazz Band, Clarinet Choir, and various small ensembles who perform in a variety of community events.

These students take part in the District 12 events, including the District Honor’s Band, the District Band Assessment, and the Solo and Ensemble events. Annually, the music department travels to a Music Festival in the Spring to perform for collegiate level adjudicators. All musical ensembles perform during the festival, including the Concert/Symphonic Band.

Pep Band

The O'Connell Pep Band enhances the student experience at Bishop O’Connell High School through its performances at home football games and other sporting events. In the past, the Pep Band has been asked to perform at home basketball games, and at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex for O’Connell’s home hockey games.

The Pep Band is a volunteer organization of music students, parents, faculty and staff which meets outside of school hours... usually during fall semester. This band provides enjoyment and intensifies school spirit at many school functions.

Jazz Band

Being a member of the auditioned DJO Jazz Band at Bishop O’Connell High School is an honor. This group of highly-motivated musicians meets after-school as an academic class and is interested in performing high-quality, jazz/rock/popular music.

The Jazz Band performs regularly throughout the school year at school events -- open houses, pep rally and other school assemblies -- and in concerts both on-campus and in the community. The group is also a part of the Spring Music Festival event.


Bishop O’Connell offers String Orchestra class for all students who play Violin, Viola, Cello, and String Bass. The Orchestra class is often showcased in many school events and concerts, as well as performances in the community.

Students involved in orchestra take part in the District 12 events, including District Honor’s Orchestra and Solo and Ensemble events, as well as the Diocesan events. In addition, the orchestra performs during the annual Spring Festival Event, along with all other ensembles in the O’Connell High School music department.