Annandale High School Bands A Fifteen Time Virginia Honor Band

About Annandale High School Bands

Membership 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.

The Band Program includes:

Marching Atoms and Color Guard

The Marching Atoms is a co-curricular activity made up of students from the concert bands, plus the Color Guard. Membership is based on interest and desire, along with the prescribed FCPS requirements. Membership is required of ALL Symphonic Band members, as per FCPS requirements , and is strongly encouraged for the other students. The Color Guard is open to any AHS student through auditions held in the spring. The Guard is an integral part of the Marching Atoms. Required rehearsals begin THREE weeks before school starts, including one week at an off-campus site, and continue until the end of football season. The Marching Atoms complement and dramatize the pageantry of the football season in addition to performing at marching band competitions, parades, and selected community functions. Attendance is required at all performances and rehearsals, and attendance and performance will be taken into consideration in a band student's grade for first quarter, as the course is a CO-CURRICULAR activity. NOTE: for musicians in one of the band classes, pre-game and halftime show music MUST BE MEMORIZED and passed off as a part of the grade requirement during the first quarter of the school year.

Symphonic Band

Symphonic Band 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. The repertoire and performance of the Symphonic Band is comparable to that of a fine college ensemble. The Symphonic Band participates in the Winter and Spring Concerts as well as in VMEA/VBODA Band events and festivals. Members of the Symphonic Band are in Marching Band, as per FCPS policy. This class requires out-of-school practice and performances as an extension of the classroom activity. . NOTE: for members who are also in Marching Band, pre-game and halftime show music MUST BE MEMORIZED and passed off as a part of the grade requirement during the first quarter of the school year.

Gold Concert Band

This course is open to all students through auditions held in the spring by the Director of Bands. The Gold Band presents a balanced study of literature at the highest level attainable by the ensemble. The Gold Bandparticipates in the Winter and Spring Concerts as well as in VMEA/VBODA Band events and festivals. Gold Band members are STRONGLY encouraged to become Marching Atoms. This class requires out-of-school practice and performances as an extension of the classroom activity. NOTE: for members who are also in Marching Band, pre-game and halftime show music MUST BE MEMORIZED and passed off as a part of the grade requirement during the first quarter of the school year.

Red Concert Band

This course is open to all students through auditions held in the spring by the Director of Bands. The Red Band presents a balanced study of literature at the highest level attainable by the ensemble. The Red Band participates in the Winter and Spring Concerts as well as in VMEA/VBODA Band events and festivals. Red Band members are encouraged to become Marching Atoms. This class requires out-of-school practice and performances as an extension of the classroom activity. NOTE: for members who are also in Marching Band, pre-game and halftime show music MUST BE MEMORIZED and passed off as a part of the grade requirement during the first quarter of the school year.

Jazz Ensemble

This course is open to students of appropriate proficiency selected through auditions and enrollment during the first quarter of the school year. This group meets after school, beginning after marching season, and requires out-of-school practice and performances. The class involves study in literature, rehearsal, and performance techniques of past and current popular jazz music, including certain focus on improvisational techniques.

Percussion Ensemble

The Percussion Ensemble, currently a non-credited group, is a newly formed organization that meets once a week during the second semester, and gives percussionists an opportunity to study, rehearse, and perform in small and large percussion ensembles, exploring many of the facets of the percussion idiom. This group may perform at any of the spring concerts, at solo-ensemble festival, and on the band spring trip.

Indoor Winter Guard

The Winter Color Guard is an extra-curricular performing group made up of veteran members of the Fall Color Guard and other Marching Atoms members, and membership is selected through audition in November and December. Uniforms and expenses vary from year to year. An estimate of Guard members' costs will be provided to the students at the time of auditions. The Winter Guard performs at competitions from January through the end of the spring trip.