About the Bands

Color GuardMembership in the Annandale Band program requires self-discipline, hard work, sacrifice, loyalty, dedication, responsibility, and above all, interest and desire. Individual musical growth can come through your desire, interest, and personal effort by means of purposeful practice on your instrument. The Annandale Bands have a strong tradition involving performance standards combined with a full musical education. The Annandale Band program is a multiple Virginia Honor Band and multiple Virginia Blue Ribbon band. This demands interest and involvement on your part. Be proud of your band, and make the band proud of you as a member.

Wind Ensemble

Wind Ensemble membership is drawn from the most advanced performers in the band program. Students are selected through auditions held in the spring by the Director of Bands or his designee(s). The repertoire and performance of the Wind Ensemble is of the highest level and quality attainable by the ensemble. The Wind Ensemble will present fall, winter, and spring concerts and participate in Virginia Music Educators Association (VMEA) / Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association (VBODA) assessment, events, and festivals. Membership in this ensemble requires practice, rehearsals, and performances outside of the school day as an extension of the classroom activity. Per Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) policy, members of the Wind Ensemble are required to be members of the Marching Atoms.

Symphonic Band

Symphonic Band is open to all students through auditions held in the spring by the Director of Bands or his designee(s). The Symphonic Band presents a balanced study of literature at the highest level and quality attainable by the ensemble. The Symphonic Band will present winter and spring concerts and participate in Virginia Music Educators Association (VMEA) / Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association (VBODA) assessment, events, and festivals. Membership in this ensemble requires practice, rehearsals, and performances outside of the school day as an extension of the classroom activity. Symphonic Band members are required to be members of the Marching Atoms, but students involved in fall athletics or with other extenuating circumstances can receive a marching band waiver from the Director of Bands on a case by case basis.

Concert Band

Concert Band is open to all students through auditions held in the spring by the Director of Bands or his designee(s), or by successful completion of Beginning Band, or by the recommendation of a rising ninth grade student’s middle school band instructor. The Concert Band presents a balanced study of literature at the highest level and quality attainable by the ensemble. The Concert Band will present winter and spring concerts and, depending on appropriate instrumentation, participate in Virginia Music Educators Association (VMEA) / Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association (VBODA) assessment, events, and festivals. Membership in this ensemble requires practice, rehearsals, and performances outside of the school day as an extension of the classroom activity. Concert Band members are encouraged to be members of the Marching Atoms.

Beginning Band

Beginning Band is open to all students. The Beginning Band students will study the fundamentals of music while learning to play a wind or percussion instrument. The beginning band will prepare appropriate literature throughout the learning process.

Jazz Ensemble

Color GuardThe Jazz Ensemble is a select group of instrumentalists from the band program (with the possible exception of piano, bass, and guitar). Membership is by audition or director permission. The repertoire of the ensemble is selected from a variety of jazz styles. Rehearsals are after school on a designated weekly schedule and begin after marching band has concluded. This ensemble studies the literature, rehearsal, and performance techniques of past and current popular jazz music, including emphasis on improvisational techniques. The jazz ensemble performs at select concerts and events during the year. This ensemble is affectionately known is the "6:20 Band".

The Marching Atoms

The Marching Atoms, Annandale High School's Marching Band, is a co-curricular ensemble activity comprised of members from the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Color Guard. The Marching Atoms is a musical marching ensemble organized to provide artistic and entertaining performances at football games, parades, pep rallies, concerts, and competitions. Membership requires dedication, maximum effort, and involvement in all aspects of marching and music performance. The marching Atoms begin rehearsing with instructional camps in August. Once school starts, rehearsals are typically held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 – 6 p.m, and Wednesdays from 3:45 – 6:45. Additional rehearsals may be called with appropriate (at least two weeks’ whenever possible) notice.

Color Guard

Color GuardMarches and performs with the Annandale Marching Atoms.