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Pearl Harbor 2019 Trip

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We need student and parent fundraising volunteers; please click here.

No fundraising parent meeting in June!

If you wish to donate to support the Pearl Harbor trip, thank you! Please click here.

The Marching Statesmen will represent the Commonwealth of Virginia in the Pearl Harbor Parade in Hawaii on December 7, 2019. The commitment form and first payment were due January 7, 2019, but it may be possible to still join us. Click here for the commitment form and introductory information. Click here to see the Powerpoint from the interest meeting on November 29, 2018.

You must march next Fall to join us on the trip. We welcome new students to join the Marching Statesmen as either musicians or colorguard. Marching band is considered extracurricular; thus, you do NOT need to enroll in a band class. 

Please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for more information.

Watch GCM Band Performances Online

Use these links to watch (and hear) the band perform!


Football (Pep Songs)

2018-09-21 Marching In (video courtesy of Kent Elkins)

2018-10-05 Seven Nation Army (video courtesy of Kent Elkins)

2018-09-21 Rock 'n' Roll Part 2 (video courtesy of Kelly Sund)

2018-10-05 Word Up (video courtesy of Kent Elkins)

2018-09-21 We're Not Going to Take It (video courtesy of the Elkins)

2018-10-05 Fight Song (video courtesy of the Elkins)

2018-09-21 Crazy Train (video courtesy of Kent Elkins)

2018-10-05 Whatever You Like (video courtesy of Kent Elkins)

2018-10-05 Marching Out, short version (video courtesy of Kent Elkins)

2018-10-05 Marching Out, full version (video courtesy of Kent Elkins)


Football & Competitions (Invasion)

2018-11-1 Senior Night Football Game (video courtesy of Kent and Larry Elkins)

2018-11-3 VBODA Marching Assessment: Superior ratings in all categories by all judges (video courtesy of Kent Elkins)

2018-10-27 Shenandoah Regional Competition (video courtesy of Kent Elkins)

2018-10-19 Homecoming Football Game (video courtesy of Kent Elkins)

2018-10-13 Lynchburg Classic Competition: first place in Group 6, won all the individual awards for Group 6 (Best Music, Best General Effect, Best Visual, Best Percussion, and Best Colorguard), and won Grand Champion of the upper bands (earned the highest score in Groups 4, 5, and 6) (video courtesy of Kent Elkins)

2018-09-29 Marine Corps Invitational Competition: first place in Group V Open (video courtesy of Kent Elkins)



2018-12-13 Winter Concert (video courtesy of Kent Elkins)


Marching Shows from Previous Years

2017-11-04 Into the Matrix Performed at Maryland US Bands Regional Championship (video courtesy of Kent Elkins)

2016-10-28 Haunted (video courtesy of Craig French)

2015-10-10 Seasons (video courtesy of Craig French)

2014-10-25 iDependence (video courtesy of Craig French)

2013-10-26 Salem (video courtesy of Craig French)


Selected Concerts from Previous Years

2018-03-17 Assessment (Wind Symphony, received Superior Rating) (video courtesy of Kent Elkins)  

2018-03-16 Assessment (Symphonic/Concert Band, received Superior Rating) (video courtesy of Dave Heller):

    Aces of the Air


    Cajun Folk Songs

2018-03-08 Pre-Assessment (video courtesy of Kent Elkins)

2017-12-07 Winter:

    Whither Must I Wander and A Celebration of Hanukkah (Symphonic/Concert Band) (video courtesy of Dave Heller)

    Carmina Burana (Wind Symphony with Choir and Orchestra) (video courtesy of Kent Elkins)

2017-3-18 Vesuvius (Wind Symphony) (video courtesy of Craig French)

2015-12-10 Star Wars Trilogy (Wind Symphony) (video courtesy of Craig French)

We Need You; Volunteer Now

Band and guard! Spring is here, the time when thoughts turn to...volunteering! We need much help this spring, and it's not too early to start thinking about how you are going to help next year (many of our jobs are currently filled by Senior parents). Mr. V is just one person, and everyone else who works to make the band program the wonderful experience it can be for the students is a volunteer. We need you, parents and students both. Please step up now to do your part. 

The good news is that rising 9th grade parents Mary and Kevin Glasscock have stepped up to be BPO Co-Secretaries next year. That means we have a full slate for the BPO Board for next year: President Tracy McHone, Vice President Melanie Farr, Treasurer Tom Kraft, Secretaries Mary and Kevin Glasscock, Chair of Committees Kelly Sund.

The bad news is...well, just look below at everyone else we still need.

First, the band spring fundraiser (chocolate sale) is underway and individual sales are going for another week. Then we have group sales on Blitz Day, May 18. New this year, we are adding Metro stations during Friday evening rush hour on May 17, so it's really Blitz Weekend, plus a Dine Out at Jasons Deli on Friday May 17 after 5 pm, as well as some shifts on May 4, May 11, and May 26 for those who are not available May 17-18. We are not emphasizing playing music at the locations, since that has been hard to pull off well in the past, but it's optional. We are trying to have more locations, so fewer students per location (up to 3). The Blitz is an All-Hands-on-Deck fundraiser. ALL BAND STUDENTS (including marchers, concert band, symphonic band, wind symphony, jazz band, colorguard and winterguard) are asked to please sign up for a shift. We need a parent chaperone at each shift, too, please. This money helps us purchase music, replace aging instruments, provide instrument-specific sectional instruction, pay competition fees, grant scholarships, and so on. This is NOT a Pearl Harbor fundraiser. Sign up today!

There are multiple Pearl Harbor fundraisers as we finish out the school year, though, and please remember we are asking all Pearl Harbor student performers to volunteer for at least 4 fundraisers. We also need adult volunteers. Sign up today to volunteer at:

  • May 11: Marshall's Got Talent benefit concert, benefiting...us! We need approximately half the Pearl Harbor student performers and an adult from half the Pearl Harbor families to make this a success. We'd love to see all non-Pearl Harbor attendees in the audience.

  • May 22-23: Marshall Band's spring concerts concessions and 50-50 raffle

  • May 25-26: Viva Vienna Booth for people to pick up t-shirts they've already bought, and for us to take more orders

  • June 6: Kilmer Band's spring concert at Marshall concessions and 50-50 raffle

  • June 8: Pearl Harbor Door-to-Door. This is another an All-Hands-on-Deck fundraiser. ALL PEARL HARBOR STUDENT PERFORMERS AND AN ADULT FROM EACH PEARL HARBOR FAMILY are asked to please give us the whole day.

And following are all the positions for Committee Chairs, or Team Leads, or People in Charge, or whatever you want to call them, that we need adults to take on. We will gladly take rising 9th grade parents also. Experience is great, but any of these jobs can be done by someone without experience but with willingness. You may not think you can be in charge of something, but you might need to be, or the students might be walking out on the field to perform in their underwear. Everyone else is a volunteer also, and we cannot do it all. Please let This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. know which one of these you will commit to. In most cases there is information to pass on to you, so you don't need to reinvent the wheel. If you are not a Senior parent and you did one of these jobs this year, we know who you are, we appreciate you and would love for you to do it again, and this is the time for you to take a minute to renew your commitment, please. But, please don't anybody new hold back from volunteering for something because you think someone else might volunteer for it--we can have co-chairs! And the person you are thinking of might really like some help.

May 30, 2019 Band and Guard Spring Banquet: This is a potluck, so you don't need to bring the food or even put out the SignUpGenius. You do need to shop early for plates, cups, decorations, etc., and come early to oversee set-up, and stay a little later to oversee clean-up. It sure would be nice to have a banquet for all marchers, concert band, symphonic band, wind symphony, jazz band, colorguard and winterguard and their families to celebrate the year, recognize our graduating Seniors, and find out who the section leaders will be next year, so we hope someone signs up to organize it.


All of the following are for next year (2019-2020), but many of them start this summer. The starting months are listed. Please, think about it for one day, then email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. tomorrow and say which one of these you will commit to. Thank you.

Marshall Band Committees (all need chairpersons)

SignUpGenius (August 1)

Website (August 1)

Band Camp Lunches (August 1)

Carpool Directory (August 1)

New Family Welcome (August)

Marching Uniforms (August)

Props (August)

Pit (August)

Varsity Football Concessions (August)

JV/Freshman Football Concessions (August)

Field Hockey Concessions (August)

Photographer (August)

Videographer (August)

Facebook (August)

Twitter (August)

Instagram (August)

Colorguard Parent Liaison (August)

Spiritwear (August)

Tag Day (September)

Trucks (September)

Dropbox (September)

Publicity (September)

Corporate Fundraising (September)

Alumni Fundraising (September)

8th Grade Marching Day (October)

Marching Senior Night (October)

Banquet, Fall (November)

Concert Uniforms (November)

Winterguard Parent Liaison (November)

Concert Programs (December, March, May)

Nominating Committee (March)

Chocolatier (April)

Blitz Day (April)

Banquet, Spring (May)

All Senior Recognition (May)


The band could not function without the time and effort provided by parents (click here to see parents and students in action). 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 band and colorguard family to volunteer a minimum of 5 shifts plus Tag Day throughout the year.

We need some Committee Chairs and Co-Chairs. Can you organize and direct people? Please contact our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. soon so we can put you to work, er...help you find your niche. If you can't be a leader at this present time, please read through the SignUpGenii below and sign up to be a helper.


Parade & Competition Volunteers



Spring Banquet



Pearl Harbor Fundraising



Blitz Day 2019



Middle School Band Assessment 2019



Concert Attire 2018-19



Marching Banquet 2018



Game Day Volunteers 2018



Tag Day Parent Volunteers 2018



Band Camp Lunches and Parent Coffee 2018



Marching Uniform Measurement and Fitting 2018



If you do not see a SignUpGenius link fitting your talents or interests, please contact our BPO This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Some of these jobs are also appropriate for grandparents, siblings, friends, or even band members (think service hours!).


2018-19 Concerts

We invite all our family, friends, and neighbors to join us at a performance of the George C. Marshall Bands.


2018-2019 Schedule

Thursday, December 13, 7 pm - Winter Concert

Wednesday, March 13, 7 pm - Pre-Assessment Concert

Friday or Saturday, March 23-23, time TBD - Symphonic/Concert Band Assessment, location TBD

Friday or Saturday, March 23-23, time TBD - Wind Symphony Assessment, location TBD

Thursday, May 23, 7 pm - Spring Concert

Sunday, May 26, 11 am - Jazz Band at Viva Vienna (Town Green)

Monday, May 27, 2 pm - Falls Church Memorial Day Parade (along Park Ave from N West St to Little Falls St) (Marching Statesmen have won the Best High School Marching Band award for the last five years in a row)


Unless otherwise noted, performances take place in the...

George C. Marshall High School Auditorium
7731 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA  22043


Marshall & Music

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.

Get in touch

Have a music or performance question? Ask the Band Director: Paul Vesilind

Want to get involved or have a fundraising question? Contact the Band Parents Organization: President

Ask a website question: Webmaster

Need to send us something?  Mail it to:

Marshall High School Band
7731 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22043

Want the high school website? Marshall

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