Year at a Glance
Below is an overview of the school year. Exact dates will be determined by Mr. Collins and the Band Boosters as we proceed through the year.
Mid-July - Spring Training begins
August - Band Camp will continue until school begins. Once school has begun students will rehearse multiple days a week after school (winds/percussion & color guard normally rehearse separately). Saturdays are reserved for rehearsals and competitions. The marching band will be expected to attend all home football games on Friday evenings. We normally perform our show at halftime of the football games (if time allows).
September - After school rehearsals, Friday night home football games, and Saturday rehearsals/contests continue. We try to do one overnight Bands of America (BOA) trip each season. It could be anytime during the marching band season, in 2021 BOA was in September.
October - After school rehearsals, Friday night home football games, and Saturday rehearsals/contests continue. Homecoming Parade. In 2021 we had a contest on the first Saturday of Fall Break and did not have marching band the rest of Fall Break. The schedule each year can be different during Fall Break but will be conveyed to students & parents as soon as possible.
November - Rehearsals, contests, and football games may possibly continue into the first couple weeks. We try to have a Community Performance for the marching band to showcase the work they have done throughout the season and recognize our seniors. This is dependent on weather.
December - Winter Concert. Christmas Parade. Jazz Band Performance (has been at VBC the last two years). All-State and some Honor band auditions. Winter Guard auditions and rehearsals begin in early/mid-December.
January - There are multiple opportunities for honors bands during the winter months. Winter Guard rehearsals and competitions continue.
February - Honor bands and Solo and Ensemble. Winter Guard rehearsals and competitions continue.
March - Concert Band Assessment. Winter Guard rehearsals and competitions continue (normally until Spring Break). There may still be some honor band opportunities.
April/May - Spring Concert. Jazz Band Concert. Marching Band Show Reveal (usually hosted at Gatti-Town.)
May - Band Banquet: All students/families are invited to the banquet. We will have an optional catered dinner (you can purchase tickets to eat dinner), recognize seniors, Mr. Collins gives awards, slideshow of the year, etc. Marching Band Rehearsals: We have a few rehearsals for those interested in participating in marching band (including incoming 7th & 8th graders).