TJ Marching Colonials (TJMC)

Click here for more information regarding the 2013 pre season marching band camp.

Click here for just a few reasons to join marching band.

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).  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.

Click here to learn more about the dream team staff that supported TJMC during the 2010 season–most of them will be back again for the 2011 season.  Our students are very fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from staff like this. In addition to being amazingly talented musicians, they have a lot of experience with world-class drum & bugle corps, indoor percussion, and color guard units.  That means they set very high standards in terms of work ethic and approach to rehearsals–those are among the invaluable life lessons our students learn from the TJMC experience.

Adam Foreman is the TJ Band Director and TJMC Director.  Steve Ballard is the TJMC Assistant Director, and Samantha Ballard is our color guard director.  They are all  incredibly knowledgeable and helpful.  Click here to e-mail Adam or here to e-mail Steve or here to e-mail Samantha if you have any questions about marching band.