Annandale High School Bands A Fifteen Time Virginia Honor Band

VBODA State Marching Band Assessment

Saturday is the main event! The show will be done for adjudication one last time at the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association (VBODA) State Marching Band Assessment. We perform at 1:15 p.m. at South Lakes High School and we would love to see as many parents, siblings, families, and friends as possible in the stands to cheer on all of our Marching Atoms. This is the summative assessment experience for the entire season and the first leg of qualification to become a Virginia Honor Band. This week’s final rehearsals are critical to our success; please make sure your student is present, on time, and ready to work hard!

Citrus and Poinsettia Fundraiser!

ATOMS! Are you needing some fresh fruit this December? How about a few poinsettia plants to brighten your seasonal decor? Then the AHS Band students have what you need! The Annual Citrus and Poinsettia plant fundraiser has begun! Oranges and grapefruit are picked fresh and shipped direct to AHS from Florida growers. The poinsettia plants are from a local vendor, Meadows Farms nursery.

Sale runs October 17 - November 10. Delivery to AHS will be in early December (exact date TBD).

Contact your favorite band student for more details or get your order forms here.

Cold Weather UniformGuidelines

In preparation for cold weather games and competitions, it is important that the band maintains a uniform, professional look. Please adhere to the following guidelines in order to ensure a warm experience without compromising the look of the ensemble.

The key garment permitted under the uniform to keep you warm is an Under Armour® style base layer. There are many brands and price ranges available, just look for "moisture wicking." This will keep you dry and warm and should fit tight to the skin. It must not be visible outside the sleeve, the collar, or beneath the jacket. The top may be black or white. The bottoms must be black and the red band shorts should still be worn over top. If it is particularly cold, a long sleeved tee shirt may also be worn but should be black.

Sweatshirts, sweatpants, pajama pants, etc. are not permitted under the uniform. Bulky items like these negatively affect the look of the band. Furthermore, these items will cause you to sweat when we are marching. That moisture then has nowhere to go and will actually make you colder.

An extra pair of socks may be worn as long as it does not impede your ability to march with proper technique. The outermost sock must be black. Toe warmers are permissible but not recommended.

Winter hats and gloves are permitted when we are in the stands. These items must be solid black, gray, or white. Annandale High School logo hats are acceptable. You must be able to properly operate your instrument while wearing these items. Scarves may not be worn. Hand warmers are permissible in the stands.

On the horizon:

  • Thursday, November 6th – Rehearsal – 2:30 – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 8th – End of season party – more information to come
  • Friday, November 14th – Football Playoff game (tentative)