The Heritage High School Marching Band ranks with the finest marching bands in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The “Big Orange Marching Machine” (as we affectionately call our marching band) has won many local, regional and national competitions during its history including twenty-five First in Class titles and seventeen Grand Champion titles during the past eight seasons.
The “Big Orange Marching Machine” has had the opportunity in recent years to perform at a variety of non-competitive venues including performances for the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and Washington Redskins, as well as the NBA’s Indiana Pacers. The band was selected and represented the Commonwealth of Virginia in the “Share a Dream” Parade at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The BOMM was selected and performed in Atlanta, Georgia for the nationally televised Chick-fil-A Bowl which boasted a live attendance of over eighty thousand as well as an ESPN viewing audience of over one and a half million. As participants in the Chick-fil-A Bowl game parade, the band was awarded the Grand Champion trophy as “Most Outstanding Marching Band” while in competition with both high school and college marching bands from across the United States.
Heritage has been named a Commonwealth of Virginia Honor Band twelve times by the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors’ Association in 1987, 1988, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015.
Membership is by permission of the Director of Bands at Heritage High School or by the recommendation of your middle school director(s). There is no formal tryout for instrumentalists. If during the previous year you were a member of the ensemble and successfully completed the season in good standing, you are eligible. The previous year’s members will be invited to participate by the Director of Bands. If you are a rising eighth grade student and a current member of the middle school band or if you are a rising ninth grader and have successfully completed a middle school band program, you are also eligible.