Madison HS Band Wins VMBC Championship

School News
November 04, 2019

Madison High bandFor the second year in a row, the Madison High marching ensemble has won the Virginia Marching Band Cooperative State (VMBC) Championship.  The theme of Madison band’s performance was Dusk ‘till Dawn, which used music, color guard costumes, stage make-up, props, and scenic backdrops to perform a show that earned a first place rating in all three categories of music, general effect, and visual at the VMBC’s November competition. Preparation for this competition began on August 5, the first day of summer band camp. Throughout the fall, the 150 member ensemble participated in a rigorous competition season, while also performing for the local community at home football games, in the Homecoming Parade and the Vienna Halloween Parade. The ensemble started the competition by winning the regional VMBC competition in September. In October, the ensemble made history by earning the school’s first-ever Band of America Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship title. This regional competition is held in College Park, Md., and hosts bands from local states; it has not been won by a Virginia school in over 30 years. The BOA regional championship title earned the ensemble another distinction: an invitation to participate in the 2019 BOA Grand National Competition. The marching ensemble, known as the Pride of Vienna, will participate in this competition in Indianapolis November 14-16. Contact Michael Hackbarth at mshackbarth@fcps.edu