The Trojan Band Program offers students a robust and multifaceted musical experience. From large concert bands to small ensembles and solo opportunities, we encourage students to continue the musical journey they started in middle school. Students learn and develop skills that serve them well in life no matter what career path they choose and make friends that can last a lifetime. Our number one goal is to help students develop a life-long love of music.
Concert Bands – The core of the Band Program is the concert band. We offer two “leveled” concert bands, the Trojan Symphonic Band and the Trojan Wind Ensemble. All students in a band class are a member of one of these ensembles. The bands perform at least four times a year.
Trojan Marching Band – This 100+ member ensemble is the competitive arm of the Band Program and has been described as “Music in Motion.” Membership is open to any student in a Band class as well as those who try out and join the Color Guard. The TMB rehearses during the summer and after school and performs at football games, competitions, and parades through September and October.
Trojan Jazz – The Jazz Band rehearses after school beginning in November and is open to any Band student who plays a traditional “big band” instrument. (If there is sufficient interest we sometimes offer a second jazz band.) Students learn a variety of styles and perform at concerts, assemblies, festivals, and community gigs.
Trojan Percussion Ensemble/Midlo Metal – Students in the Percussion class pull double duty as members of the concert bands AND as members of the Percussion Ensemble and Midlo Metal. We perform a wide variety of percussion music and instruments from all over the world including (but not limited to) steel drums, Taiko drums, mallet percussion instruments, hand drums, rock and roll, ska, and reggae.
Winter Guard – When marching band is over for the year, the members of the Color Guard have the opportunity to perform with the Winter Guard. Winter Guard is like a marching band in a gym without the musicians. Members learn to handle all pageantry equipment including flags, rifles, and sabres, and the group competes in the Atlantic Indoor Association circuit. Membership is open to any student who wants to try out.
Other Performance Opportunities – Other opportunities present themselves with regularity. Students are encouraged to participate in Show Choir Band, Pit Orchestra for our top notch Musical Theatre, Indoor Percussion (when we’re able to offer it), and any number of small ensemble opportunities that pop up from time to time. Members of the Band Program are also encouraged to sign up for All-County, audition for All-District and Senior Regional Orchestra. Some students choose to participate in the Greater Richmond Youth Wind Ensemble or the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra. Each year the Band Director nominates students for the Central Virginia Wind Symphony and Honor Bands at Virginia Tech, Shenandoah Conservatory, and James Madison University.
No matter your level of interest and ability, the Trojan Band Program has a place for YOU! For more information please see our contact information below…