The Concert Bands of Langley High School
The Langley Wind Symphony is recognized as one of the premier concert ensembles in Virginia. In March 2017, the Wind Symphony performed at the prestigious Music For All National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis, and in November 2017 performed by invitation at the Virginia Music Educators Association Conference for the first time in school history. The Wind Symphony has earned ratings of "Superior" from every judge at the Band Performance Assessment every year under Doug Martin's direction. The Wind Symphony also commissioned and gave the world premiere performance of Scott Lindroth's piece "Eternity's Sunrise."
The bands performed in Spain in 2014, in Florence and Rome in 2018, and in 2019 performed at Carnegie Hall.
Each year, numerous Langley Band members are selected to perform in honor bands including the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association All-District and All-Virginia groups. In 2017, 29 Langley Band members were selected for the District 12 All-District Bands -- a school record -- and five went on to represent Langley in All-Virginia ensembles. In 2018, a new record 32 Langley Band members were selected for the District 12 All-District Bands, and 10 were selected for All-Virginia ensembles.
The tremendous growth of the Langley Band program has led to the creation of a third concert band, as well as the Jazz Band and winter guard programs.
The Langley Jazz Band is another growing element of the Langley Band program. The Jazz Band meets to practice after school, and performs at concerts throughout the year, giving the musicians an opportunity to perform jazz classics and develop their improvisation skills.
The Langley Percussion ensemble performs pieces written or arranged specifically for a wide variety of percussive instruments. The Percussion Ensemble performed in March 2017 by invitation at the prestigious Music for All Festival in Indianapolis, and at the VMEA Conference in November 2017.
New in 2018-19, the flute ensemble provides flute players an opportunity to focus on performing small ensemble pieces written for the flute. In their first year, the student-led group's first performance will be at the District Solo & Ensemble Festival in April 2019.