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75th Anniversary of the Pride of Herndon Band 

Join us for our 75th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, May 25! Our Spring Concert begins at 7pm. Following Symphonic Band and Symphonic Winds, the alumni will be joining on stage to premiere our specially commissioned work for the 75th Anniversary - “Like Diamonds, Shine.”

This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the Pride of Herndon band. The ‘Pride’ is recognized as the first band program in Fairfax County, which then served as the model for future band programs throughout the County. The Pride was established in 1947 by dedicated parents and citizens who convinced Vladamir Johnson, a Russian interpreter and part-time music teacher from Washington, D.C., to rehearse with a group of fledgling musicians in the rural town of Herndon. At the time of the first rehearsal, most of the students had never seen, let alone played a musical instrument, yet the band's first performance was a short eight weeks later. Over the years the band program at Herndon High School has grown from the initial group of 40 musicians and 6 majorettes to almost 200 students. The band program has been recognized with countless awards and honors, traveled abroad, and instilled a love of music in countless students. This year the band program includes 115 students who participate in Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Symphonic Winds, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Band, Indoor Drumline, and Indoor Guard. To mark this achievement, a 75th Anniversary composition has been commissioned by the HHSBPA which will be performed with the alumni at the Spring Concert on May 25, 2023 - we hope to see you there


If you visit Herndon High, come and see the wonderful display of pictures, memorabilia, and history notes in the wall opposite the Herndon HS auditorium entrance. (Pictured below).


And here are some links to check out on this website for more Herndon Band History -

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