Hanover High School invited marching bands from across Virginia to the Ninth Annual Hanover Hawk Marching Invitational held on the 12th of October 2013 starting at 10 a.m.: marching bands from across Virginia performed and were constructively critiqued by a panel of judges.
Bands came from as far as GraftonHigh School in Yorktown, Virginia and RobertE.LeeHigh School in Springfield, Virginia to perform in front of judges in the stadium at HanoverHigh School. The judges’ goal is to provide helpful comments and grading in correspondence with a scale written by the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association (VBODA), which will help the marching bands prepare for their state festival performance at the end of the season.
The goal of every band present is to achieve a perfect rating from VBODA, on a scale is from one to five, one representing a superior rating and five representing a poor rating. HanoverHigh School received a one in the 2012 season with their show “Sons do Brazil”. Marching band member A.J. Stegeman says “The scores are helpful because they tell us what we can do better, and give us a place of where we are,” Stegeman said
Marching band member Hannah Mathews said the band practices after school a lot.
“We’ve been working on our show since August and we rehearse what feels like every day but Sunday, Tuesday and sometimes Wednesday” Mathews said.
Brendan Geer, who plays tenor saxophone in the band, agrees that the competition is very exciting and the band benefits a lot. The band benefits by raising money from concessions, raffle tickets, donut sales and general admission to the stadium.
“I’m happy I get to see all my friends from the governor’s school there,” Geer said.
Marching band members had an especially hectic day on October 12th starting at 7a.m. and from there they worked assorted jobs such guiding bands, running concessions, and parking. On top of this many band members also were attending homecoming that evening
“It’s busy but we pull and each we get better,” Geer said.
Over 20 visiting bands, some with more than 100 members, performed at the Invitational. The concession stands were open and run by the HanoverHigh School band parent and the band members, and professional videographers filmed the marching bands.
“This is almost intimidating but it went off without any trouble” Stegeman said.
Bands from as small as Patrick Henry high school band with 40 members to as big as GraftonHigh School band which includes 250 members competed. Nothing but great comments from directors of visting band for the Hanover high band were received.