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 two weeks of Summer "Cougar Band Camp" at school where students learn the show for that year and ends with the VBODA State Marching Assessment (States) and the high school football season.
2023-24 MARCHING BAND
INFORMATION AND SCHEDULES
After full preparation during Summer Band Camp, 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 late October or early November. The schedule is below and subject to change. Consult the Downbeat for the latest information. (the Downbeat is a weekly summary email for all things band. Sign up for the Downbeat Newsletter by texting BBOHS to 22828.)
GENERAL MARCHING BAND INFORMATION
Pay for Marching Band Activity Fee ($250) In your MySchoolBucks account.
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.
Friday, August 25th, 7pm: v. Langley (Cougar Kickoff)
Thursday, August 31st, 7pm: v. Fairfax
Friday, September 22nd, 7pm: v. Centerville (Homecoming)
Friday, October 6th, 7pm: v. West Potomac (Senior Night/Future Cougar)
Friday, October 20th, 7pm: v Westfield
Friday, November 3rd, 7pm: AWAY (Pep Band) v. Chantilly
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 detailed schedule is posted at the beginning of each week.
(Specific times to be announced, plan to save the entire day for these events)
Sept 23rd – Band competition Colgan HS, time TBD
Sept 30th - Band competition Herndon HS, time TBD
October 7th – Band competition James Madison University, time TBD
October 14th – Oakton Classic
October 21st – VBODA State Marching Band Assessment, Massaponax High School, time TBD