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TJMC is our marching band. The band performs at home football games and at Saturday competitions during September and October. During a typical fall season, we will also take a school bus full of TJMC members to a few away football games to play in the stands as we cheer for our football team (pep band trips are not mandatory, but they are a lot of fun). TJMC consistently earns first place finishes in numerous local and regional competitions. We are known for our musical excellence. We can even boast of being Grand Champions!
TJMC is a 5-time Bands of America Regional Finalist (2012, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019), including finishing as Music and Marching Class AAA winner in BOA's Mid-Atlantic Regional Competition in 2019. TJMC was named State Champion in Class AAAA at the Virginia Marching Band Cooperative 2019 State Championship. In 2010, we traveled to Allentown, PA, for a huge USSBA Northern States competition, and our Marching Colonials finished first in the IV-A class!
TJMC is an extra-curricular activity (i.e., it does not meet during the school day). TJMC rehearsals are after school, usually on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays (see the calendar on this website). Members of TJMC are expected to be enrolled in curricular band (Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, or Jazz Band) for at least three years; however, they may be part of TJMC all four years, even if they take one year off from curricular band. Mandatory rehearsals start in August.
TJ students have shown that it is possible to march with almost any instrument (except bassoons and oboes). Students who play difficult-to-march-with instruments are welcome to join the color guard or pit (percussion equipment that doesn’t move around the field during the show). Some students learn to play new instruments to help balance the ensemble.
After 17 years as TJMC Assistant Director, in 2020 Steve Ballard assumed the role of Director of Bands at TJHSST. He continues to be actively engaged with TJ's marching band. Our longtime Color Guard Director is Samantha Ballard. The members of the TJMC staff are all incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. Click here to e-mail Steve or here to e-mail Samantha if you have any questions about marching band.
Click here to see our staff list.