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First Competition September 23, 2017


Saturday, September 23, is our first competition, at Herndon High School. Here is the schedule:


8:00am-12:00pm- Rehearse in our stadium

12:00pm- Pack truck, then break (students are free to leave campus)

3:00pm- Report, change into half uniform, load buses

4:00pm- Leave GCM

4:30pm- Arrive at Herndon HS, bathrooms/unload, change into full uniform

5:15pm- Warmup

6:15pm- Leave warm-up

6:30pm- Staged

6:45pm- PERFORM

7:00pm- Return to buses, change, pack up truck

7:30pm- We all return to the stands together. We will watch the end of the competition. Bring money for dinner in the stadium.

9:00pm- Awards

9:30pm- Leave Herndon HS

10:00pm- Return to GCM, unload


Parents, we still need some help to make this performance happen, especially with the prop crew at the competition, which is an easy job and no experience is necessary. Remember, if you enter with the band as a volunteer, you don't have to pay! Please sign up to volunteer here: SignUpGenius


We would also love spectators. We are performing at 6:45 pm, at Herndon High School, 700 Bennett Street, Herndon, VA 20170. This is the closest venue, best performance time for bringing family, and possibly the cheapest admission of any of our competitions this year. Still expect to pay more than you would like, probably $15 per person.

Tag Day September 9

Our students collected $23,478.77 on September 9.  In the words of our Treasurer, "It was a really good Tag Day!!" Thank you to everyone who participated and donated. If you would like to donate now, please click here.




Tag Day (our primary fundraiser for the year) is Saturday, September 9, 2017. All band students (not just marching band) and one parent from each family are expected to participate. It is a full day set aside for students to go door-to-door in the Marshall community, asking for donations. They walk in pairs, and are in a car with at least three other kids, so it's also a chance to meet new friends. Last year, we raised over $30,000 from Tag Day. This money allows us to purchase music and uniforms, replace aging instruments, provide master classes and instrument-specific sectional instruction, and attend competions. Students should wear their black Marshall band tee shirt and bring money for lunch (or a bagged lunch).

Students must turn in this permission slip, preferably in the band room by Friday, and no later than the cafeteria at 8:30 am on Saturday. 

Parents, please sign up to drive here. 



8:30 - 9:15 Kick-off at Tag Headquarters (Marshall Cafeteria) - breakfast, car assignments, and maps

9:15 - 12:30 Morning Tagging

12:30 - 1:15 Lunch on own (each car will have lunch together, bring money or a bagged lunch)

1:15 - 4:15 Afternoon Tagging

4:30 - 5:30 Return to Tag Headquarters for an ice cream social to celebrate everyone's hard work and share the stories from the day!


First Performance 2017

The Marching Statesmen performed The Matrix for the first time in the 2017 season on Friday, September 15, 2017, at half-time of the varsity football game against Herndon High School. Love the new uniforms. You can watch the band's performance, plus a bonus video of the Marshall dance team, here.  The band, and the dancers, were great. Oh, and Marshall won the football game too!

Note: to see a panoramic view of the show, click the Facebook f on the top of the page to go to our Facebook site, where another video is posted.

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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.


Prop Building Volunteers 2017



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



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




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



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 (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 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 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)

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

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