GCM's music department spring trip will be to Orlando on April 13-17, 2018. Students will miss school on April 13 and 17 (April 16 is a student holiday), and will need to arrange with their teachers in advance to make up missed work. A student attendee of this trip four years ago loved it. But, this wonderful experience doesn't come cheap. Student cost will be approximately $900. A $200 nonrefundable deposit, plus this commitment form, are due to the locked box in the band room by October 27. A few chaperones will also be welcome, at a lower cost, but face it: not all of us parents will fit on the bus! If you want to chaperone, please indicate so on the commitment form, and you will be notified if you are selected.
Saturday, October 21, is a very important, but very long day, for the Marching Statesmen. Here is the schedule:
7:00am-9:00am- Rehearse in the stadium. Please eat a large, healthy breakfast before arriving. Wear black socks, black band tee shirt and compression shorts under your pants
9:00am-10:00am- Pack up, change into half uniform
10:00am- Leave GCM in charter buses
10:40am- Arrive at Rock Ridge HS (43460 Loudoun Reserve Dr, Ashburn, VA 20148), unload, change into full uniform
11:30am - Warm up
12:15pm- PERFORM at VBODA Assessment (If we get straight superior ratings from the judges, we will be halfway to Honor Band of Virginia for the fifth year in a row)
12:30pm- Return to buses, pack up, change into street clothes
12:45pm- Announcement of ratings
1:30pm- Leave Rock Ridge HS
2:00pm- Group lunch in Ashburn at Fuddruckers, bring money, approx. $15
3:30pm- Leave lunch for James Madison University (251 Bluestone Dr, Harrisonburg, VA 22807)
5:30pm- Arrive at JMU, unload, change into uniform
7:15pm- Warm up
8:15pm- PERFORM at JMU Parade of Champions
8:30pm- Return to buses, pack up and change into street clothes
9:00pm- Return to stands, bring money for dinner at concessions, approx. $10
10:15pm- Marching Royal Dukes perform
11:15pm- Leave JMU
1:30am- Arive at GCM, unload
This is a very long day but much of it will be relaxing on the charter buses. The charter buses will be with us the whole day and will be secured when we are not on them. Please make sure students have a bag for the bus with items such as water, healthy snacks (we have a very late lunch and dinner), a small blanket, a small pillow, earbuds and their electronic device, a book, homework, their band jacket, a charger--sometimes the bus has that capability but no promises). Put names on everything! Please watch the weather and bring appropriate clothes for spectating and awards.
Remember, if you enter with the band as a volunteer, you don't have to pay! We have seats on the charter bus for adult volunteers. Please sign up to volunteer here: SignUpGenius
We would also love spectators!
The French Family (Fall 2016)
The Vives-Hogan Family (Fall 2016)
The Catterton Family (Fall 2016)
The Castillo Family (Spring 2017)
The band could not function without the time and effort provided by parents. We are all volunteers, and we need your help. On the SignUpGeniuses below, please sign up early and often.The BPO and Band Program expect each family to volunteer a minimum of 5 shifts plus Tag Day throughout the marching season.
Prop Building Volunteers 2017
Game Volunteers 2017 (Concessions, Uniforms, Pit Crew, Prop Crew)
Competition & Parade Volunteers 2017-18 (Truckers, Uniforms, Pit Crew, Prop Crew)
Tag Day Parent Volunteers—September 9, 2017
Marching Uniform Measurement & Fitting 2017
Band Camp Lunches 2017
Are you looking forward to seeing the band in their new uniforms? Did you know that a new band uniform costs $585? We need to get those reserves restocked. Save the date for our fall fundraiser, Tag Day: Saturday, September 9.
Every band student (marcher or not) is expected to participate all day, and at least one parent from every band family is expected to participate at least half the day.This is our biggest fundraiser of the year. Parent volunteers can sign up here:
Tag Day Parent Volunteers
We invite all our family, friends, and neighbors to join us at a performance of the Marching Statesmen at a home football game, or a competition, or a parade.
Home Football Games (all games begin at 7:00 pm in the stadium behind Marshall High School; $5 admission)
Friday, August 25 - Marshall vs. Madison (yes, this is before the first day of school)
Friday, September 15 - Marshall vs. Herndon
Thursday, September 28 - Marshall vs. Jeb Stuart
Friday, October 13 - Marshall vs. George Mason (Homecoming)
Friday, October 27 - Marshall vs. Edison (Senior Night)
Saturday, September 23 - US Bands CCIS Travel Northern Virginia Regional, Herndon High School (700 Bennett St, Herndon, VA 20170), Statesmen perform at 6:45 pm; admission charge
Saturday, October 21 - 2 competitions today:
- Virginia State Assessment, Rock Ridge High School (43460 Loudoun Reserve Dr, Ashburn, VA 20148), Statesmen perform at 12:15 pm, FOLLOWED BY
- Parade of Champions, James Madison University (251 Bluestone Dr, Harrisonburg, VA 22807), Statesmen perform at 8:15 pm
Saturday, October 28 - US Bands Marine Corps Invitational, Naval Academy (304 Farragut Rd, Annapolis, MD 21401), Statesmen perform at TBD
Saturday, Nov 4 - US Bands Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship, University of Maryland (90 Stadium Drive, College Park, MD 20742), Statesmen perform at TBD
Wednesday, October 25 - Vienna Halloween Parade (down Maple Ave from Branch Rd to Center St), parade steps off at 7 pm
Monday, May 28, 2018 - Falls Church Memorial Day Parade (won the Best High School Marching Band award for the last four years in a row)
Principal Litz, Guitar Director Matthew Kulikosky, Choir Director Kelli Pierson, Band Director Paul Vesilind, and Orchestra Director Catherine Bond rock out on "Broken" by Seether and "Misery Business" by Paramore, at An Evening with the Statesmen Guitars on May 9, 2017.
In 2015, 2016, and 2017, the Virginia Music Educators Association awarded Marshall a Blue Ribbon, with the criteria being "Superior performance as evidenced by the district festival rating from each of the top performing groups of each ensemble taught at the school (band, choir, and orchestra)."
When not playing music, Marshall band students concentrate on top-notch academics. Marshall High School, part of Fairfax County Public Schools, is an IB World School where, in 2014, 92% of graduates went on to post-secondary education and 20% of graduates earned the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Students from all over Fairfax County come to take advanced and technical courses at the Marshall Academy "school within a school."
Instrumental music instruction begins in the fourth grade for strings, and the fifth grade for band, at the elementary schools in the Marshall pyramid. The music offerings at Marshall include two concert bands, jazz band, marching band, percussion ensemble, indoor drumline, flute choir, four orchestral ensembles, five choruses, guitar, piano, and IB music. The music department and auditorium were renovated in 2013, and the new band room is spectacular.