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Posted 04/14/2019 08:12AM

Mustangs in a Minute 2/14/19Please enjoy this Spring Break edition of the Mustangs News in a Minute where Jordan Tucker '19 comes to you from the main office with the latest going on at BMHS: The Fine Arts Department performances of Sankofa as well as the WAMTC honors concert. The Athletic's Department's many sporting contests. We bring you a special spotlight on three individuals who serve the Mustang community well... Col. George London, Jr. USAF (ret.), Mr. Peter Sanneman and Mrs. Karen Vinci, who will retire at the end of this school year. 

Videography and editing by Dillon Fitzgerald '19; produced by WMAC Moderator and Emmy award-winning broadcaster, Mr. Lou Holder.  

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Posted 04/03/2019 03:12PM

BMHS music students tour the University of Notre Dame

Wednesday, April 3, 2019


CONGRATULATIONS to the 246 Mustang Musicians who had the fabulous opportunity to travel to the University of Notre Dame and Holy Cross College, Harper College, and downtown Chicago. First, students participated in music clinics given by Notre Dame Music Faculty, followed by a select group of student musicians performing a recital for the retired Holy Cross Brothers at Holy Cross College. The following day, at Harper College, each music ensemble performed three pieces for a highly qualified panel of judges, followed by a brief workshop given by one of these elite and accomplished musicians.

After two full days of music making, the entire group of students, chaperones, and BMHS faculty and staff enjoyed a day of tourist attractions in Chicago including Water Tower Place, Gino's East, The Cloud Gate, and the Museum of Science & Industry Chicago, followed by a spectacular cruise aboard The Odyssey Lake Michigan.

Below you will find an itemized list of awards:

  • Jazz Choir - 1st place - Excellent
  • Chamber Choir - 1st place - Excellent
  • Gospel Choir - 1st place - Excellent
  • String Orchestra - 1st place - Excellent
  • Concert Band - 3rd place - Excellent
  • Symphonic Band - 2nd place - Excellent
  • Wind Ensemble - 1st place - Excellent
  • Outstanding Vocalist - Debra Henderson
  • Overall High School Specialty Choir Award - Gospel Choir
  • William D. Revelli Concert Band Award for Overall High School Band - Wind Ensemble

Finally, and most prestigious of all awards, the entire group representing Bishop McNamara High School was awarded the Esprit De Corps aka "Spirit Award" for exemplary attitude of positive support and outstanding personal behavior throughout the festival weekend. Personal integrity, quality character values, a desire for excellence, and a spirit of cooperation serve as the cornerstone qualities of the Esprit de Corps Award. Well done, Mustangs!

The Band, Orchestra and Choir programs would like to thank the amazing parent/guardian volunteers who chaperoned our trip! We could not have done it without you.


For more music trip details and to check out photos from this amazing trip please visit our BMHS Fine Arts Official Instagram account: BMHSMustangArts

For more information about Festivals of Music visit their website HERE.


For more information about the Bishop McNamara High School Fine Arts Department, go to Fine Arts.



Posted 03/22/2019 12:46PM

Mustangs in a Minute 2/14/19Enjoy the March 22nd video edition of Mustangs News in a Minute where Acacia Crockett-Oliver '19 and J'TA Freeman '19 give you the latest from Bishop McNamara: We highlight what will be a very busy spring for the Fine Arts Department starting with the upcoming spring play The Enchanted  and the Music Program's annual trip - this year to Chicago! We also highlight the Spring Sports Teams 2019 (Baseball, Softball, Girls Lacrosse, Boys Tennis, Track & Field, and Golf) as well as a special spotlight on Mr. Matthew Buckley '98 and Ms. Denise Kazimer LR '89.

Videography and editing by Dillon Fitzgerald '19; produced by WMAC Moderator and Emmy award-winning broadcaster, Mr. Lou Holder.  

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Posted 03/07/2019 02:11PM

Bishop McNamara High School Principal Dr. Nigel Traylor with President/CEO Dr. Marco Clark '85We are excited and honored to announce that our Principal, Dr. Nigel Traylor, has been selected as one of the top 40 under 40 leaders in Prince George's County!

Eight years ago, the Prince George's County Social Innovation Fund (PGCSIF) launched 40 UNDER 40 Prince George's as a pilot effort to identify the best and brightest in Prince George's County across a range of fields including medicine, law, engineering, business, the arts, and education. This program is sponsored by the Greater Washington Community Foundation, which has also supported several initiatives here at Bishop McNamara. Recent recipients to be named to the Prince George's County 40 Under 40 List from Bishop McNamara High School include Ryan Middleton '06, who was named to the 2017 list.

Confident that the county is ripe with exceptional talent, PGCSIF wanted to offer a hometown recognition of excellence, youth and leadership. Every year since its inception, the numbers of nominations have increased and the competition has become even more intense. Indeed, Dr. Traylor's selection to be named as part of this group is all the more impressive given these developments within Prince George's County.  Dr. Nigel Traylor, Principal of Bishop McNamara High School in Prince George's County, Maryland

Dr. Traylor is an innovative educator who personally witnesses to Bishop McNamara's vision to form empowered leaders, inspired by the Gospel, who transform the world. He is dedicated to the continued academic success of every student and to the mission of Bishop McNamara High School as a Catholic and Holy Cross school. His positive attitude balanced with his humility are marks of his excellence as an educator and it is these qualities that inspire colleagues and students alike.

Dr. Traylor is also an extraordinary role model for our community. He holds several advanced degrees, including a Doctorate of Education with a specialization in educational and organizational leadership from Nova Southeastern University, a Master of School Leadership degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Certificate in Advanced Education Leadership from Harvard University.

Dr. Traylor is truly a blessing to this community as well as to Prince George's County and we wish you continued success advancing our mission to educate hearts and minds. As Fr. Moreau, our Founder, has described of educators such as Dr. Traylor, "You are for Holy Cross!"

Congratulations, Dr. Traylor!

Posted 03/06/2019 02:51PM

BMHS Choir performs at the Donald W. Reynolds Gallery of American Art and Portraiture, Washington, DC

The Bishop McNamara High School Choir had the honor of performing at the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture in Washington, DC.  The performance was held for the Combined Federal Campaign Annual Finale and Awards program, whose slogan this year was Show Some Love (see photo). 

The photo of our students was taken in the Atrium of the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture, home to the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery.

Congratulations, Choir Director Mrs. Rhoda Sutton and BMHS Choir students!


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6800 Marlboro Pike, Forestville, MD 20747
Phone: 301.735.8401
Fax: 301.735.0934


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