The Marching Cougars
The Marching Cougars' long hours, rigor of challenging music and attention to detail, consistently result in fantastic marching shows which are performed at all OHS home football games and weekend marching competitions in the local area.
Students are required to participate in the marching band if they are selected for the Concert 1 Band or Symphonic Band ensembles.
Marching season begins in August with Summer Band Camp at school and a week at Orkney Springs where students learn the show for that year and ends with the VBODA State Marching Assessment (States) and the high school football season.
2021-22 MARCHING BAND
INFORMATION AND SCHEDULES
After the preparation with August Band Camp and Orkney Camp in the summer, the Marching Band is ready for showtime in Fall. The Marching Band plays during the half-time shows and as the pep band in select football games and participates in area competitions—all these accumulate to the VBODA State Marching Assessment (States) in early November. The schedule is below and subject to change. Consult the Downbeat for the latest information.
AUGUST BAND CAMP
August 2-20, 2021
All Marching Band members are expected to attend the August band practice. Participation requires that all band and medical forms are on file in the band room before the first rehearsal in August.
ORKNEY BAND CAMP
August 8-13, 2021
All you need to know about Summer and Orkney Band Camp (arrival and departure schedule, what to bring, and more!)
What happens at Orkney? This is the week that we learn the entire show. Throughout the week, many photos are taken and posted nightly to the band's photo site We welcome parents and students to take a look at these photos for a peek into the best week of the year.
NOTE: Cell phone service is very spotty at Orkney, so don't expect much communication with your student during the week. Emergency contact numbers are provided below.
Orkney Springs Contact Numbers
Camp Main Number: (540) 856-2141 (8am to 4pm Monday thru Friday)
Shenandoah Memorial Hospital
240 Shenandoah St
Woodstock, VA 22664
Camp Mailing Address
Oakton High School Band
c/o Shrine Mont Inc.
221 Shrine Mont Circle
Orkney Springs, VA 22845
FOOTBALL HOME GAME SCHEDULE
When students report for a marching band performance they should report in their show shirts, show hat and khaki-colored shorts, usually until the weather turns cold.
When marching uniforms are worn, LONG black socks and Dinkles (issued marching shoes) are mandatory. One pair of gloves will be issued. There is to be no visible jewelry. Hair must be tucked into the marching hat.
September 3 vs. Lewis (may be moved to 9/2)
September 10 vs. Langley
October 15 vs. Westfield
October 29 vs. Centreville
November 5 vs. South Lakes
The Marching Cougars participate in weekly competitions to prepare for the VBODA State Marching Assessment (States). The competitions are always on Saturdays in the months of September and October and students should not plan any activities on competition days as departure and performance times vary from week to week. The schedule is posted at the beginning of each week.
ALL DATES/LOCATIONS STILL TENTATIVE
September 18, TBD
September 25, Herndon
October 2, TBD
October 16, JMU
October 23, States at Massaponax