Marching Knights

 
 
The Marching Knights is open to any band student currently enrolled in a band course in good standing.  The instrumentation will consist of: Brass – trumpets, mellophones, trombones, baritones, and tuba;
Woodwinds – flutes, clarinets, saxophones; Percussion Battery – snare drum, tenors, bass drums, cymbals;  Percussion Pit – timpani, marimba, xylophone, chimes, tam tam, and other auxiliary instruments.  The marching band will perform at all home football games and community events.  The band will compete at the JMU Parade of Champions, and at USSBA Circuit Marching Competitions. The Marching Knights will rehearse throughout the summer months of July and August and perform in the Bridgewater Lawn Party Parade in July.  In August the
band will rehearse for three weeks as part of band camp.  The first week will be designated for new marchers; the second and third weeks will be an intense instruction on basic marching fundamentals and drill instruction.  The Marching Knights will rehearse during the school year on Mondays through Thursdays.  These rehearsals are vital to our success and ability to perform at a “Superior” level.  All rehearsals and performances are required, see the attendance policy for details on absences.
 

2017-      Battle on the Blue Ridge

                    1st Place Band

                    Best Music

                    Best Marching

                    Best General Effect

                    Best Percussion

               Shenandoah Valley Marching Invitational

                    1st place Band

                    Best Music

                    Best Marching

                    2nd General Effect

                Shenandoah Valley Invitational’s Finals

                      5th place Band (regardless of size)

               JMU’s Parade of Champions

                    1st place Band

                    Best Music

                    Best Marching

                    Best Guard

2016 -     Charlottesville Cavalcade

                    2nd Place Band

                    Best Guard

                Caroline Invitational

                     2nd Place Band

                     Best Visual

                     Best Drum Major

                 Shenandoah Valley Invitational

                      1st Place Band

                      Best General Effect

                      Best Guard

                      2nd place Music

                 Shenandoah Valley Invitational’s Finals

                      6th place Band (regardless of size)

                 Rock Ridge Marching Competition

                      1st place Band

                      Best Music

                      Best Visual

                      Best General Effect


2015 -       USBands Northern VA Regional:

                      1st place Class AA

                      Best Music

                      Best Visual

                      Best Overall Effect

                      Best Guard

                  JMU’s Parade of Champions:

                      5th place Class AA

                  VBODA Marching Assessments:

                      SUPERIOR rating

                  Jefferson Classic:

                      1st Place Class A

                      Best Music

                      Best Visual & General Effect

                      Best Drum Major

                      Best Percussion


2012-    Stuarts Draft HS - Blast In the Draft

                - 1st place Band Class AA

                - 1st place Percussion and Guard

             JMU Parade of Champions

                - 5th place Band Class A

             Powhatan Fall Classic

                - 2nd place Band Class AA

                - 2nd place Visual and General Effect

                - 3rd place Music


2011-    USSBA Northern Virginia Regional

                - 1st place Band Group 2 open

                - Best Music, Marching, Overall Effect

                - Best Guard and Percussion

             Deep Run Invitational

                - 1st place Band Class A

                - Best Music, Best Overall Effect, Best Guard

             Hanover Hawks Invitational

                - 2nd place Band Group A

                - 2nd place Marching and Guard

             JMU Parade of Champions

                - 3rd place Band Group A

               

2010 -    JEFFERSON CLASSIC

                 - Excellent Rating

                 - 2nd place Guard

                 - 1st place Drum Major

              USSBA Northern VA Showcase

                 - 2nd place band Group 2 Open

              USSBA Virginia State Championships

                 - 2nd place band Group 2 Open


2009 -    USSBA Western Virginia Regional Competition

                  - 1st Place Band Group 2 Open

                  - Best Music, Marching & General Effect

               JEFFERSON CLASSIC

                  - 2nd place band Percussion

               USSBA South Central VA Championships

                  - 1st place band Group 2 Open

                  - Best Visual & Best Music


2008 -      USSBA Northern VA Championships

                  - 2nd place band Group 2 Open

                USSBA South Central VA Championships

                  - 3rd place band Group 2 Open  

                  - Best Marching

                USSBA National Championships

                  - Participation in Excellence Award


2007 -     USSBA Northern VA Championships

                  - 2nd place band Group 2 Open

               USSBA Central VA Championships

                  - 1st place band Group 2 Open

               James Madison Parade of Champions

                 - 1st Place Class A

                 - Best Marching & General Effect


2006 -     James Madison Parade of Champions

                 - 5th Place Class A

             USSBA Northern VA Regional Championships

                  - 3rd place band Group 2 Open

               USSBA Yamaha Cup - Giants’ Stadium

                  - 3rd place band Group 2 Open

               USSBA National Championships

                  - 11th place Group 2 Open


2005 -     James Madison Parade of Champions

                 - 3rd place Class AA


2004 -      Jefferson Classic

                  - Black Division Champions

                  - 1st place band Class AA

                  - Best General Effect & Best Marching

                  - 2nd place percussion

              Charlottesville Cavalcade

                  - 2nd place band Group AA

                  - 1st place Guard

                  - Best Music

              USSBA Northern VA Championship

                  - 1st place Group 2

               James Madison Parade of Champions

                  - 1st place Group A

                  - Best Music & Best General Effect




about the Ensemble:

about the Color Guard:

The color guard is open to any student in good academic standing.  The color guard marches with the Marching Knights using flags
and other equipment.  The color guard routine enhances the musical concepts of the marching band show and is a vital part of the band’s success.  The color guard must attend all marching rehearsals, usually scheduled on Mondays through Thursdays.  Additional rehearsal times will be required to work on routine with the color guard instructor.  These times will be scheduled to best suit the team’s schedule.
 

Past Awards &

Recognitions