High School Bands Receive Top Ratings at VBODA State Marching Assessments
All FCPS high schools received Superior and Excellent ratings at the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association (VBODA) state marching assessments. Twenty-two high schools received Superior ratings this year, including McLean High, South Lakes High, Woodson High, Westfield High, Mount Vernon High, West Potomac High, South County High, Oakton High, Centreville High, Madison High, West Springfield High, Robinson Secondary, Lake Braddock Secondary, Edison High, Falls Church High, Fairfax High, Marshall High, Langley High, Herndon High, Chantilly High, Justice High, and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. Schools that received Excellent ratings were Hayfield Secondary, Lee High, and Annandale High. Schools were assessed on a state standard and adjudicated by eight clinicians in their field of study. Along with the state assessments, the first Virginia Marching Band Cooperative state championship event took place early in November. The Madison High marching band won first place in that event, as well as Best Music and Best Visual. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology placed fourth, Westfield High finished in fifth place, and South County finished eleventh in the finals. Because this was the first competition of its kind, not all schools participated, however, 40 bands from Virginia competed in preliminary competition and 12 made it to the finals. The four FCPS bands that competed all advanced to the finals. Contact music education specialist Katrina Chaney at firstname.lastname@example.org.