Congratulations to the Winterguard for receiving the bronze medal in their first competition this year, and eighth place in the next. Their show "Pushing Through, Part 2" is a continuation of last year's theme. Dealing with daily struggles, obstacles of life, persevering,and celebrating the fruits of your labor, the musical soundtrack, inspiring voice overs, costuming, and props are meticulously designed to convey the message, "Never give up...always push through!" Winterguard begins practicing in December and finishes with championships at the end of March. Winterguard is an extracurricular team. It is open to all Marshall students, male or female, by audition.
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.
- The boys' concert uniform consists of a black notch lapel tuxedo coat, white regular collar tuxedo shirt, black pleated tuxedo pants with satin stripe on the side, a black bowtie, black dress socks, and black dress shoes (marching shoes are acceptable)
- You are responsible for hemming of pants
- Girls may wear the black Lillian dress with black girls' dress shoes, or a tux (see above for tux description)
- You are responsible for dress/tux hemming
We jumped the first hurdle to Honor Band status when we earned unanimous Superior ratings from all the judges at the Marching Assessment at Liberty High School in Bealeton on November 3, 2018. That performance marked the conclusion of a very successful marching season where we won the Marine Corps Invitational and Lynchburg Classic competitions. Please click here to view the very windy Superior Marching Assessment, and see for yourself why the judges were blown away by Invasion.
Our highest band, Wind Symphony, was also awarded straight Superior ratings at the Concert Assessment at South Lakes High School on March 23, 2019. Marshall performed "Hands Across the Sea" by J.P. Sousa and arranged by B. Schissel, "Gloriosa Symphonic Poem for Band Movement 1 Oratio" by Y. Ito, and "Blue Shades" by F. Ticheli. Teddy Dunn played a marvelous solo!
Since Marshall also earned straight Superior ratings at these two events, the band has been named a Virginia Honor Band again.
Our next fundraising parent meeting is Thursday, April 25, 2019, 7 pm, in the band room or vicinity.
We need student and parent fundraising volunteers; 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.
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
Selected Concerts from Previous Years
2018-03-16 Assessment (Symphonic/Concert Band, received Superior Rating) (video courtesy of Dave Heller):
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.
Pearl Harbor Fundraising
Middle School Band Assessment
Concert Attire 2018-19
Marching Banquet 2018
Game Day Volunteers 2018
Competition Volunteers 2018
Tag Day Parent Volunteers 2018
Band Camp Lunches and Parent Coffee 2018
Marching Uniform Measurement and Fitting 2018
We invite all our family, friends, and neighbors to join us at a performance of the George C. Marshall Bands.
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
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.