The Pride of Langley High School
After a year without a marching band season due to the covid pandemic, band programs faced a 2021 season with a new freshman class as well as an inexperienced sophomore class. At LHS, our section leaders and large number of new and inexperienced marchers worked especially hard to gear up for the season. In November, the Marching Saxons ended their competition season with a Superior rating from all judges at the VBODA State Marching Assessment. This was an exceptional accomplishment in this growth year. Hail, Saxons!
The 2020 marching band season was cancelled due to the covid pandemic. With school being entirely online in 2020-21, the Langley band directors and students worked hard to maintain and grow their musical skills in the at-home, Zoom environment, and joined the trend in the music world to spend extra time producing beautiful virtual concerts.
The 2018 Marching Saxons composed the largest marching band to date in LHS history, with 140 members. The 2018 show, Birds of a Feather, celebrated all that can be accomplished when working together. At the VBODA State Marching Band Assessment, the Marching Saxons earned the first marching band Superior rating in Langley's history, setting LHS on the path to be selected as a Virginia State Honor Band, also a first in Langley's history.
Also in 2018, the Marching Saxons took second place in their class at the Colgan Classic, winning second place for Music, Color Guard and General Effect. The Marching Saxons won Best General Effect at the NOVA Regional Showcase of Bands, (Herndon HS), and also took second place overall.
in 2017, the Marching Saxons won first place in their class at the Virginia Showcase of Bands (Herndon HS), sweeping caption awards for Best Music, Best Visual, Best Overall Effect, Best Percussion and Best Color Guard. At the North Stafford Invitational, the Marching Saxons won third place in their class, picking up first place for General Effect and second place for Music and for Color Guard.
Highlights of the 2016 marching season saw the Marching Saxons winning first place and Best General Effect in their class at the Marine Corps Invitational at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (Annapolis, MD).
In 2015, the Marching Saxons performed in their first-ever marching band competition in Langley's 50-year history, at the JMU Parade of Champions. The Marching Saxons also debuted formal uniforms-- the first- ever full marching band uniforms in the school's history. The Marching Saxons went far in a very short amount of time!