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Broad Run HS’s award-winning Band Program promotes music, the arts, discipline, teamwork, focus, sportsmanship, responsibility, accountability and leadership in a way that is unique to the high school experience. Band students learn to accept and work with others who can be very different from themselves, and in band, some students experience peer acceptance for the first time in their lives. They learn that a good performance requires the best from every student – there is no “bench” in band, everybody is a starter and everybody is important to the end result. They are immersed in dedication and discipline, develop outstanding time-management skills, and learn that flexibility is key. Students who are active in multiple facets of the band program can spend well over 1000 hours per school year in practice, performance, preparation and travel, sometimes in extreme weather and unexpected circumstances, yet band students’ academic performance is above average. Band students have the opportunity to explore music and the performing arts in great depth, and many of them pursue careers in the arts and teaching the arts. The program is active in the Ashburn community: each year they promote concerts that are free and open to the public, and perform at local events such as Jazz on the Lake in Ashburn Village, and the Tree Lighting event at One Loudoun. The program includes three concert bands, marching band with color guard, jazz band, indoor drumline, winter guard, and several small ensembles.
Broad Run High School Band Booster Association is a non-profit, board-led group of parents that provides additional funding and volunteer support to enable the students in the band program to engage in a deeper and broader array of activities, including significant travel opportunities, color guard, winter guard, and indoor drumline. The Association provides almost $85,000 dollars of additional funding per year to these programs, and thousands of hours of volunteer time per year.