The Pride of Langley High School
One hundred-forty members strong, the 2018 Marching Saxons composed the largest marching band in Langley High School history!
The 2018 show, Birds of a Feather, celebrated all that can be accomplished when working together. At the assessment competition, the Marching Saxons earned the first Superior rating ever for a marching band in Langley's history, setting Langley on the path to be selected as a Virginia State Honor Band, a first in Langley's history.
Langley's competition marching band program is quite new. In 2015, the Marching Saxons performed in their first ever marching competition in Langley's 50-year history, at the JMU Parade of Champions. They also debuted their uniforms-- their first ever full marching band uniforms. The Marching Saxons have come far in a very short time!
In 2016, the Marching Saxons won first place and Best General Effect in their class at the Marine Corps Invitational at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (Annapolis, MD).
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.
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.
Marching Saxons Make History at State
Congratulations to the Marching Saxons for their historic 2018 season-ending performance at the VBODA State Marching Festival!
The Marching Saxons gave the strongest single performance of any Langley marching band in school history at state assessments, earning and receiving a Superior rating (the highest rating available) from all seven judges. This means that, for the first time in school history, the Marching Saxons received an overall rating of Superior.
To say that we are proud of these students' accomplishment is a massive understatement.
They earned this distinction through weeks, months and even years of hard work and heart. They were led by an extraordinary staff of dedicated instructors. They were assisted invaluably all season long by incredible parent volunteers. And they stood on the shoulders of the previous Langley marching bands, which worked hard to get the Marching Saxons to that point.
But mostly, the students did this through their own caring and commitment.
The whole season, capped by this extraordinary performance, was a reflection of the theme of the show: we are strong when we unite to a common purpose and dedicate ourselves to a common goal.