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Honor Band Again!

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.

 

Spring Trip to Chicago--Forms Due April 4

For those attending, the trip packet is available from Mr. V, and forms are due April 4. The trip sounds fabulous: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Medieval Times, Blue Man Group, Chicago Symphony, John Hancock Building (pictured here), Wrigley Field, Shedd Aquarium, Aladdin. There may be a space or two still available; ask Mr. V.

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The final payment of $320 is due now. You can pay by Charms. You can also send in a check to Marshall HS with your child's name in the memo line, and put it in the lock box in the band room (or mail it to the school).

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The spring trip for the entire music department will be to Chicago. The total cost of the trip will be $920 plus some meals per person (student or chaperone). We will travel via motor coach on Thursday, April 20, and return home on Monday, April 24. Students will have to arrange with their teachers in advance to make up work. Nonrefundable payments of $300 are due Nov 18 and Jan 13, and the final balance will be due Feb 15, 2017. In order for students or chaperones to participate, please return this form with $300 per person by November 18.

Winterguard Takes Bronze

Congratulations to the Winterguard for receiving the bronze medal at the Atlantic Indoor Association championships on April 1, 2017. No joke! The guard started the season in the Scholastic Regional A 2 class but was promoted to the next level because of how well they were performing. Next winter they may even be promoted to the next level of competition. What a way to finish the season!

Solo & Ensemble Fest Schedule Available

Solo and Ensemble Festival will be held on April 29, 2017, at Stone Middle School, 5500 Sully Park Dr, Centreville, VA 20120, half an hour west on 66. We are assigned to District 11 this year, since our band trip is during District 12's time. More information, including the schedule, is available here.

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Volunteering

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. 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!).

Actually, our BPO would like to retire. They are willing to continue on for one more year if necessary, but would love someone to step up now and volunteer to take on the President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary roles, if not starting immediately, then with a promise to do it the year after next. At a minimum, we need some people to volunteer now to be the Nominating Committee to make an attempt to find additional volunteers. Please contact our BPO This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Middle School Assessment 2017 (for parents; student helper sign-ups posted in the hall)

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If you aren't available in the time slots we have a couple of additional needs. Please let our BPO This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.know if one of these is something you can do:
- Order and arrange food delivery for Judge's hospitality room (coffee, snacks, meals) and Directors (coffee, snacks)
- Make a Costco run for Concessions food on Wednesday or Thursday

 

District Band Auditions 2017

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Marching Banquet 2016

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Concessions and Football Games 2016

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Competitions 2016

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Tag Day 2016

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Band Camp Lunches 2016

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Blitz Day May 7, 2016

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Indoor Drumline February-April 2016

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Concert Uniform Fitting and Alterations November-December 2015

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Marching Banquet November 2015

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Concessions and Football Games 2015

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2016-17 Concerts

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

 

2016-2017 Schedule

Thursday, December 8, 7 pm - Winter Concert

Thursday, March 9, 7 pm - Pre-Assessment Concert

Friday, March 17, 6:50 pm - Concert Band Assessment at Washington and Lee High School (1301 N Stafford St, Arlington, 22201)

Saturday, March 18, 3:20 pm - Wind Symphony Assessment at Washington and Lee High School (1301 N Stafford St, Arlington, 22201)

Thursday, May 25, 7 pm - Spring Concert

Sunday, May 28 - Jazz Band at Viva Vienna (time to be determined)

Monday, May 29, 2 pm - Falls Church Memorial Day Parade

 

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

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

 

Fundraising 2017

Spring is coming, and young band members' hearts are turning to thoughts of ... fundraising. Well, actually, that is probably only the band parents, because we have depleted our reserves to pay for the new uniforms. Last year we made enough for the new hats, which the band proudly wore this Fall, and next Fall we will have them in their whole uniforms. But, we need to get those reserves restocked. So, get ready for our spring fundraiser!

John and Laurie Laszakovits will be co-chairing our Spring Fundraising, but it has to be a team effort.  At minimum, here's what we need:

  • Business Outreach - we need 2-3+ people to plan and execute outreach to solicit corporate/business donations.
  • Raffle Prizes - Laurie Laszakovits & Heather Wilcox will coordinate
  • Raffle Ticket Distribution and Collection - Maude Hales & Lorena Chaves will coordinate
  • Blitz Day Coordination - Saturday, May 6 will be "Blitz Day" when our students will go out into the community to play music and sell raffle tickets.  We need 3+ people to co-coordinate the day.  This is critical to the success of our fundraiser!
  • Viva Vienna Booth Coordinator - one person

 

Please email our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let her know how you are able to help us raise funds for the 2017-2018 Marshall Band Program.

 

The George C. Marshall Band Parents Organization is an all-volunteer network of parents whose mission is to foster and promote musical excellence in our band program. As we are a 501(c)(3) organization, your contribution to GCM BPO is tax deductible. If you'd like to make a tax-deductible donation to our uniform fundraiser, please mail a check (payable to GCM BPO) to Marshall High School Band, 7731 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043, or donate online here via PayPal.

 

Marshall & Music

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

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