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We Won at Annapolis Competition 2017!

The Marching Statemen triumphed on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at the US Bands Marine Corps Invitational. We came in first out of five in Group V Open (Group V means we had 101-135 members on the field, Open means we are an established program as opposed to inexperienced). We also took Best Percussion and Best Overall Effect in Group V Open. You can watch a video of our winning performance here. For another perspective of the performance, you can visit our Facebook site.The Sun Gazette coverage of our victory is below, and you can read the online story with photo here.

 

Can You Beat These Photos?

Have you taken some good photos or video of the band this year? We'd love to add your media to our Dropbox archive. Please email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.and ask for the Dropbox upload link. Please include the name of your child and his or her instrument, so we know you're not a computer. Only good photos or videos need apply, please.

Concert Uniforms 2017-18: Action Needed Nov 8-10

The first Marshall Band concert takes place on December 6th.  All students are required to purchase a concert uniform. This is consistent with Orchestra as well as other local band programs, and allows for a more organized and streamlined approach to concert uniforms.  Students will wear their concert uniforms for the Winter Concert (December), the Pre-Assessment Concert (March), Assessment (March), the Spring Concert (May), and Concert photo day, as well as District and State Band functions if applicable. 

It will be less expensive for everyone if the BPO places one order, but it will need to be placed by November 11, 2017.  All charges will be billed through Charms.

 

Please read the following message carefully, follow the directions, and submit any orders by Friday, November 10, 2017.

1) If you are new to Band...
Liz Curry and Susan Morrison will be measuring during class next week to determine sizes to order.  You will be charged for your child's concert uniform in Charms (see prices below).

 

2)  If you paid for a concert uniform last year...
Please try it on this weekend to see whether it fits.  Because you own this uniform, if it needs to be rehemmed to fit, it is your responsibility to take care of this.
a.    If it fits, congratulations, you are ready for the concert!
b.    If it does not fit and rehemming will not fix it, you can decide to buy new pieces that fit or come in on Reclaimed Shopping Nights (dates and prices below) to see if we have something in inventory that fits.
c.    If you would like to buy new pieces, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let her know if you would like your child to be measured next week in class; or you can measure your child at home and email the measurements or size to Liz (see below for measuring and sizing guidelines).

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Reclaimed Shopping Nights: 
Wednesday, November 8, 6-7pm.
Thursday, November 9, 7-8:30pm.
Please consider donating your concert uniform pieces that no longer fit to the BPO for future use.

Uniform Requirements, Measuring and Prices

Boys / Tuxes

  • The tux consists of Notch Lapel Tuxedo Coat, Regular Collar Tuxedo Shirt, Pleated Tuxedo Pants and a bowtie   
  • We are able to purchase the tux as a package set for $96
  • If you want to buy individual pieces (Jacket/Pants/Shirt/Tie), please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let her know if you would like your child to be measured by her next week in class. If you want to measure at home, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. the measurements or sizes along with your child's name (see below for measuring and sizing guidelines)
  • Prices of new separate pieces: Tuxedo Coat (Notch Lapel) $56, Tuxedo Shirt (Regular Collar) $25, Adjustable Pleated Tuxedo Pants $25, Bowtie $3
  • Black dress shoes (not included in the package) (marching shoes are acceptable)   
  • If you wish to measure your child, please use these instructions 
  • Reclaimed pieces prices:  Tuxedo Coat (Notch Lapel) $25, Tuxedo Shirt (Regular Collar) $10, Adjustable Pleated Tuxedo Pants $10
  • You will be responsible for basic hemming of pants

Girls / Dresses

  • Girls may wear the black dress or a tux (see above for tux description)
  • If you wish to measure your child, please watch this "how to" video or read this PDF for help with women's measurements
  • Use the Size Chart on the "Lillian" dress page to determine the appropriate size.  Then email your child’s name and measured dress size to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • New Lillian Dresses are $56.50 and reclaimed dresses are $22
  • You will be responsible for dress hemming

 

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.  Please include your child’s name on emails.

This Website is Mobile-Friendly

Try us on your phone! To add the Marshall Band calendar to your iPhone/iOS Device, please use your iPhone/Device to click on this link. iOS should prompt you to Add the Calendar. If it doesn't, or if you want to add the Band calendar to your Google calendar, please email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to be sent detailed instructions.

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.The BPO and Band Program expect each family to volunteer a minimum of 5 shifts plus Tag Day throughout the marching season.

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!).

Also, our BPO is retiring after this year. Volunteer now to take on the President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary roles, so you can shadow them this year to find out how it's done. Please contact our BPO This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Band Banquet 2017

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Prop Building Volunteers 2017

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Game Volunteers 2017 (Concessions, Uniforms, Pit Crew, Prop Crew)

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Competition & Parade Volunteers 2017-18 (Truckers, Uniforms, Pit Crew, Prop Crew)

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Tag Day Parent Volunteers—September 9, 2017

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Marching Uniform Measurement & Fitting 2017

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Band Camp Lunches 2017

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Fundraising 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

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2017 Marching Shows

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)

 

Competitions

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 8 pm

Saturday, Nov 4 - US Bands Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship, University of Maryland (90 Stadium Drive, College Park, MD 20742), Statesmen perform at 2 pm in the Preliminaries and perhaps later that evening in the Finals, Awards are at 9:45 pm

 

Parades

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)

2017-18 Concerts

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

 

2017-2018 Schedule

Wednesday, December 6, 7 pm - Winter Concert

Thursday, March 8, 7 pm - Pre-Assessment Concert

Friday, March 16-Saturday, March 17, times & location TBD - District 12 Band Assessment

Tuesday, March 20, 7 pm - Area Band Pyramid Concert (not all Marshall bands will participate)

Thursday, May 24, 7 pm - Spring Concert

Sunday, May 27, 11 am - Jazz Band at Viva Vienna (likely but not confirmed)

Monday, May 29, 2 pm - Falls Church Memorial Day Parade (along Park Ave) (likely but not confirmed)

 

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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