Three Marshall band students played at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage on June 1, 2017, as part of the NSO Youth Fellows, a National Symphony Orchestra training program for young instrumentalists. Congratulations to Christina French, Diego Stine, and Shannon Prescott. You can view their performance here.
We did it! Unanimous Superior ratings! We are a Virginia Honor Band for the fourth year in a row. When the Wind Symphony got unanimous Superior ratings (the highest score) at the Concert Assessment on March 18, 2017, that was the second half of earning Honor Band status. This listener thought the band sounded professional on these Grade 6 (Advanced+) numbers. Click here to listen to the program:
We jumped the first hurdle to Honor Band status when we earned unanimous Superior ratings from all the judges at the Marching Assessment on October 22, 2016. That performance marked the conclusion of a very successful marching season where we won our first competition, came in second in the next competition, and entered a Bands of America competition for the first time. Please click here to view the very windy Superior Marching Assessment, and see for yourself why the judges were blown away.
From 6:30-9 pm, the Piché household will be hosting a band parent social. Parents only (the kids are in high school now; you can leave them alone for a while!). It will be a potluck, but more details are still to come (address? dinner? dessert and finger food only?). Please come--it's a chance to make new friends and greet old ones.
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.
Game Volunteers 2017 (Concessions, Uniforms, Pit Crew, Prop Crew)—First Game August 25
Competition Volunteers 2017 (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)
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 (possibly 8th Grade Night)
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 TBD
Saturday, October 21 - 2 competitions today:
- Virginia State Assessment, Rock Ridge High School (43460 Loudoun Reserve Dr, Ashburn, VA 20148), Statesmen perform at TBD, FOLLOWED BY
- Parade of Champions, James Madison University (251 Bluestone Dr, Harrisonburg, VA 22807), Statesmen perform at TBD
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.