The Lake Braddock Marching band has begun the 2012-2013 school year on the right foot, with their recent outstanding performance at the Hermitage High School Classic in Richmond on Sept. 29.
“I’m really proud of how the kids are working together. There is a definite dedication to the band and a relentless work ethic,” said Michael Luley, band director. Their hard work definitely paid off as the 180 student band competed with 30 bands and brought home 11 awards, including best Overall Band, Music, Marching, General Effect, Color Guard and Drum Majors.
The band is under the direction of Michael Luley, a music education graduate of West Virginia University and University of Southern Mississippi graduate school, and Patrick Smith, a music education graduate of George Mason University as well as a recent member of the United States Marine Corp Field Band of Quantico.
While other students were enjoying the last two weeks of summer vacation, this group of students kicked off the 2012 school year and marching band season learning music, drills and perfecting their program, determined to continue in the footsteps of a legacy of Lake Braddock Marching Band excellence.
In fact, the Lake Braddock Marching band is the only band in the state of Virginia to receive the Virginia Honor Band yearly consecutively since the award’s inception 31 years ago.
“The students have been excellent. They are motivated to work hard and put on a great show for the audience. The senior leadership has been exceptional and the morale of the band is consistently energetic and positive. With the amount of time they spend together, they have jelled into a great family and I’m very excited to see where it leads as we prepare for our VBODA State Marching Festival."
The festival is set for Oct. 27 at 4 p.m. (Patriot High School, Nokesville). The band's Winter Concert is scheduled for Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m (Lake Braddock Secondary School).
For a full schedule of Lake Braddock band events please visit www.lbband.org