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FAIRFAX MARCHING BAND AND COLOR GUARD
The Fairfax Marching Band are the most visible component of the FHS Bands. Members of this ensemble perform at all home football games, and compete actively at regional marching competitions throughout the season. The Marching Rebels also perform at several community events and parades throughout the school year. The season runs from early August to early November. An information meeting for students and parents is held in April. Mandatory Band Camp begins in early August.
All members of advanced bands (Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band) are required by the Fairfax County school system to participate in the Marching Rebels, except in special circumstances, or if participating in a FHS fall sport. Concert Band members are also encouraged to join the marching band! Almost all of our students march, and although it is a lot of work, we also think it’s a LOT of fun!
Wind players typically play the same instrument in marching band as they do in concert band. Most outdoor instruments are provided by the school. Percussionists play on marching drums (the battery) or play mallet instruments on the sidelines (the pit). Percussion assignments are made during our drumline clinics in June.
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Our guard is an integral part of our FHS Bands Program. They greatly enhance the overall visual effect of our marching show, with choreographed dance, flag, sabre and rifle routines. ANY FHS Student, male and female, is welcome to tryout for a spot in our Color Guard, and no prior experience is necessary! Students with previous dance experience are highly encouraged to consider joining our Color Guard.