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2018-2019 School year

CONGRATULATIONS to the HHS Marching Band for getting a superior rating at the VBODA Marching Band Assessment!!!


Congratulations to our Herndon band students who made the prestigious Senior Regional Orchestra!  

  • Ethan M (junior): Principal Eb Clarinet

  • Ava N (freshman): 5th Percussion 

  • Nathan C (senior): 3rd Bass

We are so proud of our kids!

2017-2018 School year

  • CONGRATULATIONS to the Pride of Herndon for earning Virginia Honor Band status in 2018!

We are proud to share that both Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble earned Superior Ratings at District 12 Concert Assessment.

  • CONGRATULATIONS! Not only did every HHS student who was eligible to audition for All-State '18 make the group, but they SWEPT it!

James Adams – senior – FIRST percussion in the ENTIRE state!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Ethan Morad – sophomore – SECOND clarinet in the ENTIRE state – and second year making it

Noah McKee – senior – FOURTH bass in the ENTIRE state – and third year making it

Nathan Coughlin – junior  - FIFTH bass in the ENTIRE state – and third year making it

  • A big CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of the band scholarships this year!!! 

Hirt Scholarship – Harold Treminio

Bergman Scholarship – James Adams

Pride Scholarship – Allison Bliss

  • CONGRATULATIONS to Coby C for being accepted to the Virginia Summer Governor’s School for music!

2016-2017 School year
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2015-2016 School year
  • Congratulations to Aimee Toner for WINNING the high school division of the Fairfax County Band Directors Association competition!!  Aimee performed the flute solo Sonata Appassionata by Sigfrid Karg-Elert, competing against approximately 20 of FCPS’s best musicians.  Aimee will be studying English at Barnard and music at the Manhattan School of Music this fall.

  • Congratulations to the following students on their fabulous auditions, and have now been accepted to the All-Virginia ensembles!

- Senior Jacob Reeves is third chair percussion in the entire state.  Virginia has 16 districts, and only the top  percussionists from each district may audition for a spot.  He beat 75 other students at JMU this past Saturday morning.

- Sophomore James Adams is the principal percussionist for the second band, ranking 12th in the state.

- Sophomore Emma Rood is first chair harp for the second year in a row

  • Congratulations to James Adams who has been accepted into the Juilliard Summer Percussion Seminar! Juilliard takes 16 advanced high school-age percussionists from around the world (not just the U.S.!) for this two-week intensive camp to work directly with the Juilliard percussion faculty as well as with guest artists during their time there.

  • Congratulations to the HHS Band students that earned chair or alternate positions in the All-District Band this year! 

  • The All-District Band event will take place at HHS on February 4-6. 

Wind Ensemble (and eligible for All-Virginia) - Aimee Toner 12, 3rd Chair Flute; James Adams 10, Principal Percussion; Jacob Reeves 12, 2nd Chair Percussion

Symphonic Band - Evelyn Showalter 11, Oboe AND Principal English Horn for the District; Kevin Archambeault 11, Eb Clarinet; Olivia Duston 10, Bb Clarinet; Peter Trapp 12, Principal Tenor Sax; Angela Phelps 12, Trumpet; Benjamin Clark 12, Principal Trombone; Simon Fogleson 12, Trombone; Shennan O'Day 11, Euphonium; Jordan Sonderegger 12, Percussion;

Alternates - Abigail Witmer 12, Bb Clarinet; Carey Rice 12, Bb Clarinet; Kevin Archambeault 11, Bb Clarinet; Julia Picchiottino 12, Euphonium;

  • Congratulations to the following students for being selected for the Virginia Tech Honor Band - David Rea, Trumpet; Eliot Morgan, Percussion; Ana De La Cruz, Euphonium; Gabe Brown, Bass clarinet; Travis Stempfley, Trombone

  • Congratulations to the HHS Band received the Major Robert C. Church Award at the Herndon Homcoming Parade, "Best in Parade" 

  • Five Herndon students were accepted to the Northern Virginia Youth Winds: Tony Hitti (principal clarinet!), Julia Picchiottino, Ana Mack, Jacob Reeves, and James Adams.  This honor band meets weekly all year round.  Students audition from Fairfax, Arlington, Loudoun, Prince William, and throughout Northern Virginia

  • Congratulations to our Herndon students who made Senior Regional Orchestra! These students competed against all musicians in Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, and surrounding private schools.    – Aimee Toner – FIRST flute out of ALL flutes, Noah McKee – String Bass (and only a sophomore!), Jacob Reeves – 3rd Place Percussion, James Adams – 4th Place Percussion (and only a sophomore!)

  • Stafford County Drum Majors visit Herndon.  On September 16th, the drum majors from all 5 Stafford County high schools presented our marching band with an amazingly thoughtful tribute to our Class of 2014 angels, Holly, Kyle and Dale. They drove up from Brooke Point, North Stafford, Mountain View, Stafford and Colonial Forge to give our kids:  a photograph of all 5 high school bands wearing red in solidarity with HHS; a banner with the logos of all 5 high schools, signed by all 500 marchers from their schools and a check for $250 ($50 from each set of band boosters) for the band kids to have a pizza a dinner to “celebrate band family” and just….be.  So much love for our Herndon community!

  • HHS Football Team presented the band with a Varsity Helmet at the Game on Sept. 25th.  Coach Davis and the Herndon varsity football team presented The Pride with a helmet emblazoned with the initials of Dale, Holly and Kyle. All varsity players added these initials to their helmets, to be worn for the remainder of the season. We are all Hornets!


2014-2015 School year
  • Congratulations to the Pride of Herndon Concert Bands – Honor Band 3rd year in a row!

    • District Assessment, Washington & Lee HS

–   Symphonic Band, Washington & Lee HS – Excellent  rating

–   Wind Ensemble, Washington & Lee HS – Superior rating

–   Jazz Ensemble, Chantilly HS – Excellent rating

  • Congratulations to the HHS Winter Indoor Drumline – Scholastic Regional A Division

Feb 28:  Competed in the AIA Regional Championship at Robinson HSPlaced 2nd in the Preliminaries; Placed 3rd at the Finals

  • Congratulations to the HHS Winter Guard – Scholastic Regional A2 Division

Feb. 14:  Placed 7th in AIA Regional Competition at Mt Vernon HS

Feb. 28:  Placed 3rd in AIA Regional Competition hosted by TJ at South County HS

Mar. 14:  Placed 2nd in AIA Regional Competition at Freedom HS

Mar. 21:  Placed 5th at AIA Regional Competition at Broad Run HS

Mar. 28:  Competed in the AIA Regional Championship, placing 6th in Preliminaries; Placed 7th in Finals

  • Congratulations to the following three students who auditioned for All-Virginia Band at JMU

Jacob Reeves (junior percussion) 4th overall,

Aimee Toner (junior flute) 13th overall,

James Adams (freshman percussion) .

  • Congratulations to Simon Fogleson (trombone) who advanced through the very competitive FCPS round of Governor’s School Visual and Performing Arts program selection. He will represent FCPS at the final round of cuts through VDOE at the state level.

  • Congratulations to the HHS Band students that earned chair or alternate positions in the All-District Band this year! The All-District Band event will take place on February 5-7 at Chantilly HS.

- Wind Ensemble:  Jacob Reeves (percussion), James Adams (percussion)

- Symphonic Band: Carey Rice (Bb clarinet), Aimee Toner (flute), Timothy Viado (oboe), Simon Fogleson (tenortrombone), Braden Cuttler (tenor trombone), Angela Phelps (trumpet), Sonali Sheelam (percussion), 

- Alternates:  Shennan O’Day (euphonium), Kevin Archambeault (Eb clarinet), Ronan O’Day (tuba)

  • Herndon Drumline win’s first prize at “Bring it Competition” at Reston Bible Church 12/12/14

  • Congrats to the Pride for earning a superior rating at the VBODA Assessment

  • Congrats to the Pride for winning first place in class AAAA at the Loudoun Valley HS Marching Band Showcase!

  • On Tuesday, Sept 30th Drum Major Julia represented the Herndon Band program at the Town Council recognition of Herndon Arts week.

  • Congratulations to our Herndon students who made Senior Regional Orchestra! These students competed against all musicians in Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, and surrounding private schools.    – Aimee T – FIRST Flute    – Jacob R – 4th Percussion

  • Free concert at Herndon HS Auditorium on Saturday, November 15th. Jorge Richter from ECU will be conducting the orchestra with the following repertoire:1. Pictures at an Exhibition- Mussorgsky2. Vocalise- Rachmaninoff3. March & Scherzo from The Love of Three Oranges- Prokofiev




2013-2014 School year


  • Herndon Patch – High School Band Benefits from Eagle Scout Project

  • Herndon Connection Article – Herndon High School Band Students Participate in American Music Abroad Trip

  • Herndon Patch Article – HHS Band Students Participate in American Music Abroad Trip

  • The 2014-2015 school year is approaching fast.  We congratulate our seniors and wish them all the luck in their future endeavors.  We welcome our new students and parents to the HHS Band Program

  • Connection article, May 28, 2014 – Herndon High Presents Spring Concert

  • Connection article, May 14, 2014 – Navy Band Performs at Herndon High School

  • Connection article, May 14, 2014 – Potters Fire Issues Holiday Challenge

  • On May 9th, the Herndon High School Band is hosting the United States Navy Band at 7:30pm.  The US Navy Concert Band is based in Washington, DC and is the premier ensemble of the US Navy.  This is the fourth time HHS has hosted the group.  The Navy Band has requested our top seniors perform a selection with the band.  The following seniors were selected:  Kim Strother (flute),  Dasha Bradfield (Bb clarinet), Tiberiu Baicoianu (Bb clarinet), Jay Kotra (bass clarinet), Michael Chen (trumpet), Trevor Little (trumpet), Lewis Morgan (trombone), Blake Morgan (percussion) and Dylan Van Vierssan (percussion)

  •  On May 3rd members of the HHS Band Program will play for the WWII Honor Flight at Dulles Airport.  This is an opportunity to pay tribute to those who gave so much by fighting for their country’s freedom. The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices.  For additional information please visit

  • Aimee Toner (flute) and Christine Horting (Trumpet) were both accepted into the Governor’s Residential School Program for music! It is extremely rare for two band students to be selected from one school.  We are honored to have such great musicians/students in our program.

  • Patch article, April 9, 2014 – Students Participate in All-Virginia Band Performance

  • On April 9th the HHS Band program hosted a Pyramid Concert for the Herndon community.  The Herndon Elementary Area Honor Bands included 31 students from Aldrin, Armstrong, Clearview, Dranesville, Herndon, Hutchison and Lorien Wood Elementary Schools.  The Herndon Middle School band included 52 students from the HMS Symphonic Band.  The HHS Wind Ensemble performed the entertaining “Godzilla Eats Las Vegas” by Eric Whitacre, and “Happy” by Pharrell.  Students from 5th to 12th grades joined together to perform “The Stars & Stripes Forever” by John Philip Sousa.  The Herndon-Oakton Indoor Guard and HHS Indoor Drumline performed in the gymnasium immediately following the concert.

  • On April 5th HHS was represented by 5 instrumentalists at the All-Virginia Band event: Aimee Toner (flute), Dasha Bradfield (clarinet), Trevor Little (trumpet), Lewis Morgan (trombone) and Jacob Reeves (percussion).

  • On March 14th and 15th the Herndon concert bands performed at Wakefield HS for their Virginia Assessment.  Their performances are judged on musicianship, technique, tone quality, tuning, and sight reading.  The Symphonic Band received an Excellent rating.  The Wind Ensemble received Superior rating, with the highest marks from every judge.  Combined with the Superior rating earned by the marching, band, Herndon is now a Virginia Honor Band for the second year in a row.

  • The Herndon Community continues to recognize and congratulate the 2013-2014 “Pride of Herndon Marching Band” for representing the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Herndon community on their trip to Hawaii.   The Herndon Town Council, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, the Herndon Rotary Club, Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust and Delegate Tom Rust have all reached out to the students to commend them on their performance and character.  The school has also shown their respect by placing the “Grand Champion” trophy in the trophy case in front of the auditorium.

  • The Oakton HS Indoor Guard provided the opportunity for our Indoor Guard members to attend tryouts and join their group to form a larger and competitive group.  Meghan Henry, Carlee Craze and Lindsay Eastham have joined the Oakton Indoor Guard.  Oakton has been extremely welcoming of our students.  are enjoying the experience, The combined Herndon/Oakton Indoor Guard has won second place and first place at their first two competitions.

  • In January 75 of our band students were ranked individually against 700 high school students in our district.  Our district is comprised of Arlington schools, McLean, Madison, South Lakes, Chantilly, Langley, Oakton, Marshall, Bishop Ireton, and the Potomac School.  The District Band Members performed with nationally renowned guest conductors after a weekend of rehearsals in February.  HHS Band Students  Selected for the District Band include:

-   Symphonic Band:  Trevor Little (1st trumpet), Dasha Bradfield (3rd clarinet), Tiberiu Baicoianu (4th clarinet), Lewis Morgan (3rd trombone), Jacob Reeves (percussion),

- Concert Band: Aimee Toner (1st flute), Evelyn Showalter (oboe), Tim Viado (oboe), Tony Hitti (clarinet), Jay Kotra (bass clarinet), Christine Horting (trumpet), Ronan O’Day (tuba), Dylan Van Vierssen (percussion),Blake Morgan (percussion)

  • Patch Article, Jan 6, 2014 – Pride of Herndon Marching Band Honored by Congress

  • Patch Article, Dec 6, 2013 – Herndon High Band Performs at “Mighty Mo” Battleship in Hawaii

  • The Pride of Herndon Marching Band was honored to represent Virginia at the Pearl Harbor Memorial Day Parade on December 7th.  Two planes carrying 145 students, teachers and chaperones, arrived in Honolulu on Dec 4th to a purple orchid lei greeting.  The group spent four days on Oahu touring the island and experiencing Hawaiian life. The group visited the USS Missouri and Pearl Harbor Memorial at the USS Arizona.  They also had the opportunity to meet, get autographs and ask questions of the remaining veterans who were at Pearl Harbor on Dec 7, 1941.  The band played a medley of patriotic songs by the USS Missouri and was honored with a fly over by 4 Naval helicopters.  On the evening of December 7th, the band played in the Pearl Harbor Memorial Day Parade.  The Band warmed up with the US Marine Corps Band prior to the parade.  Besides being selected to represent the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Band was honored to receive the Grand Champion trophy at the parade.  The Pride still found time for Waikiki Beach, the International Marketplace, hiking the volcano Diamond Head, the Polynesian Cultural Center, and a Hawaiian Luau dinner.  The band also toured the Pali Lookout, Dole Pineapple Plantation, North Shore, and Sunset Beach.

  • On November 19th, the Band presented their annual Fall Tag Day concert featuring the Wind Ensemble, Pride of Herndon Marching Band, and Jazz Ensemble.

  • Four HHS band students were selected to the Northern Virginia Senior Regional Orchestra:  Tiberiu Baicoianu(principal clarinet), Michael Chen (principal trumpet), Trevor Little (trumpet), and Jacob Reeves (percussion). The students will perform Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique on November 9 at Hayfield Secondary School.  Each student is now eligible for an All-State audition.

  • Dasha Bradfield (clarinet), Christine Horting (trumpet), and Jacob Reeves (percussion) have been accepted to the Northern Virginia Youth Winds, a yearlong honor ensemble sponsored by the Fairfax City Band.

  • Lewis Morgan was accepted into Brass of Peace. Only a handful of new members are accepted each school year. Lewis joins returning members Michael Chen and Trevor Little.  Brass of Peace is a scholarship brass ensemble that provides intense and systematic training once a week for talented high school brass players. There are no fees or tuition of any kind. Members are chosen by audition only and acceptance is based solely on talent and ability. Brass of Peace is led by NSO hornist Sylvia Alimena.

  • The Marching Band has received incredible support from Herndon community business leaders and citizens towards raising funds for the Pearl Harbor Memorial Day Parade.  On October 8th, the Herndon Town Council voted to provide a donation of $50 for each of the 109 student travelers. Local businesses have provided support through the “No Cook Tuesday” program.  Each restaurant is donating a percentage of their proceeds on selected nights to help offset the trip cost.  We thank McAlister’s Deli, PotBelly in Herndon, Jimmy John’s and Papa John’s for all of their support.

  • On September 21st, The Pride competed in the Caroline Invitational in Milford, VA, winning second place in all captions.

  • On September, 28th the Herndon Band Parents Association hosted the 17th annual Virginia Showcase of Bands.  This year 16 bands from across Maryland and Virginia competed for awards in best music, marching, general effect, drumline, and color guard.  Over 400 parents and students volunteered their time to make our show a success.

  • Student drum major Blake Morgan was selected to participate in the 2014 US Army All-American Marching Band.  The U.S. Army All-American Marching Band features the 125 top marching band members from across the United States. Nominees are selected by the National Association for Music Education in cooperation with All American Games and Drum Corps International.   Selection criteria includes performance ability, grade point average, community service, and demonstrated leadership within their school. The band participates during half-time at the U.S Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, TX in January 2014. “We are extremely proud of Blake for being selected to lead the All-American Marching Band.  Blake embodies leadership and commitment to the Pride of Herndon both on and off the field.  He has intensity, vision, and maturity – a rare trifecta for most kids his age.  We are excited that he’ll get a chance to demonstrate his abilities on a national level.”

  • On Sunday, September 15th Green Lizard Cycling held the first annual bike-a-thon to benefit the Pride Of Herndon’s trip to Hawaii.  Over 200 bikers participated in the bike-a-thon.  The marching band members and their families either participated in the event or volunteered by selling concessions, first aid or passing out water bottles to the bike riders.  The Pep Band provided music during the lunch provided to all participants.  Proceeds from the Bike-A-Thon grossed over $30,000 and will benefit travel plans for the December 7th performance at Pearl Harbor.

  • The Herndon Marching Band, The Pride of Herndon, began the fall season in August with daily rehearsals in preparation for a full competition schedule.  The Pride is 142 members strong this year.  The 2013 show is entitled “Star Crossed” and features the music of Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story and Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet.


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