On August 7, 2015, three former members of the Pride of Herndon Class of 2014 lost their lives in a tragic automobile accident while en route to a video game convention in Texas when a driver entered the highway traveling in the wrong direction.
The three friends were part of the band's 2013-2014 leadership team. Kyle Mathers was manager of the Pep Band, Dale Neibaur was trombone section leader, and Holly Novak was a drum major. Their passing left a large hole in the hearts of all who knew them.
Kyle was a member of the marching band, Jazz band, First Robotics Team 116, and Drama Club Pit Crew. He was a Life Scout with Boy Scout Troops 1570 and 1577. While studying at Northern Virginia Community College, his community activities included organizing the Pride of Herndon Marching Band Relay for Life Team, and leading their fundraising efforts. He was very active with the Trinity Presbyterian Youth. And he also played with the Herndon Regional Wind Ensemble and the NOVA Jazz Ensemble.
Holly was a drum major for The Pride of Herndon Band and also served as co-captain of the band’s Relay for Life team. At Reston Bible Church, she served as an Awana leader for Cubbies and Sparks. She also served as a helper for several summer Kid's Camps. She was attending Northern Virginia Community College to pursue a degree in psychology to assist her in her lifelong goal of being a dolphin trainer.
Dale was trombone section leader in the marching band, and was also active in the Jazz band and anything having to do with music.