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.
FOOTBALL HOME GAME SCHEDULE
When students report for a marching band performance they should report in their show shirts 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.
August 27 vs. Lewis
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.
REPORT AND RETURN TIMES WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON SUNDAY BEFORE EACH COMPETITION
September 18, Woodgrove Classic
September 25, Herndon High School
October 2, South County High School
October 16, James Madison University
October 23, VBODA State Assessment "States" at Massaponax High School