By Sarah Smith
Viva Loudoun High School intern
(Nov. 1, 2013) – The French revolutionaries may not have been successful with their Paris Uprising in 1832, but the Stone Bridge High School Marching Bulldogs was very successful, bringing home a superior title after their state marching assessment with their performance of “Les Miserables.”
Stone Bridge’s marching band attended the Virginia Band and Orchestra Director’s Association (VBODA) marching assessment at Millbrook High School on Saturday, Oct. 26. They competed in the AAAA category against Oakton High School, Herndon High School, and Sherando High School.
All of these schools earned superior ratings at this statewide assessment. The Marching Bulldogs earned a score of 98, the highest that the Stone Bridge marching band has ever earned.
This success provided a strong comeback for the Marching Bulldogs after they walked away with a rating of excellent after last year’s state assessment.
“The best part of all of this is seeing our hard work pay off,” said senior drum major Josh Kipps. “After not getting (a superior) last year, everyone wanted it even more this year. It was a team effort and the victory was sweet.”
This assessment was the band’s last big performance of the season; they wrapped up their fall with a performance in the Leesburg Halloween parade Thursday
Senior night for the band members will be Friday, November 8 at the final home regular-season football game, marking the last time the seniors will march as part of their high school band, and for many, it is bittersweet.
“This chapter of my life in band is beginning to close,” senior Jacob Fonseca said. “Marching band has taught me a lot and I have called it my home for these last four years.”
Besides the state assessment, the Stone Bridge marching band also competed in competitions at Millbrook High School, Charlottesville High School and Oakton High School, placing first, second, and first, respectively. At their Millbrook High School competition, they were named grand champions for their high score.
“This has been a good season,” Kipps said. “Getting superior was definitely a highlight, along with winning our first competition. It started and ended on a high note.”
Sarah Smith is a junior at Stone Bridge High School