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Since opening in 2002, the Carlton J. Kell High School band program has quickly established a reputation for musical excellence.  The three-tiered concert band program includes the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and Concert Band. Students in the Kell Band Program are consistently members of the District Honor Band, All-State Band, Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, Governor’s Honor Program, as well as many other metropolitan honors groups.


With the concert bands at the core of the music curriculum, students also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of extracurricular ensembles.  These include the award-winning 150 member marching band, full symphony orchestra, a pit orchestra for the spring musical, numerous chamber ensembles, two jazz bands, multiple percussion ensembles, and a nationally renowned “Stomp” ensemble.  The Kell Band Booster Association (KBBA) also sponsors an after-school private lesson conservatory with an outstanding faculty of professional musicians.

Some of the MANY HONORS and AWARDS earned by our program include:


2013 January Music Festival Performance (University of Georgia)

2010 Midwest Clinic Performance (Chicago, IL)

2008 GMEA State Music Convention Performance (Savannah, GA)

2008 January Music Festival Performance (University of Georgia)

2007 National Concert Band Festival Performance (Indianapolis, IN)

“Superior” Ratings at every GMEA LGPE performance since the building opened


2012 National Percussion Festival Performance (Indianapolis, IN)

2010 National Education Association Performance (Percussion – Washington D.C.)

2006 National Percussion Festival Performance (Indianapolis, IN)


2010 Bands of America Akron (Ohio) Regional GRAND CHAMPION

2010 Bands of America Jacksonville (Alabama) Regional GRAND CHAMPION

Twelve-time Bands of America Regional and Super Regional Finalist (2004-2013)

Lassiter Showcase Marching Competition GRAND CHAMPION (2005-2007)

2007 Milton Marching Competition GRAND CHAMPION

2005 Brookwood Marching Competition GRAND CHAMPION


NUMEROUS Winter Guard local, state, regional and national championships and finalist appearances (2002-2011)

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