The award-winning William Mason High School Marching Band is the largest student organization on campus with over 300 students involved. Musicians and Color Guard in 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades make up one of the best high school marching bands in the nation. For information regarding the Mason Color Guard, go to their web site at http://www.masoncolorguards.com. The Marching Band season takes place from late-July to mid-November.
Marching Band is an extracurricular activity that meets entirely outside of the school day. Students in Marching Band receive one-half credit and can earn PE credit for their participation. All musicians in Marching Band must be enrolled in one of the school concert bands. The Marching Band season begins with a three-day mini-camp, which includes incoming 9th grade students, the day after the last day of the school year. Band Camp begins in July with daily sessions. After school starts in August, the Marching Band rehearses three times each week and performs at all home football games and some away games. All participants are required to attend all rehearsals and home football game performances.
The Marching Band performs in several competitions on fall Saturdays on the Mid-States Band Association and Bands of America circuits. More information on Band Competitions is available here. The Mason Marching Band has performed in Indianapolis, St. Louis, Atlanta, and Pontiac, MI., as well as multiple local and regional venues. In 2016, the Marching Band participated in the 127th Rose Parade in Pasadena, CA.
Since 2007, the Marching Band has captured the MSBA Open Class Champion trophy 8 times. Mason has consistently been a finalist in Bands of America competitions and has been named BOA Regional Champion five times. At the Bands of America Grand National Championships, the Marching Band has been a semifinalist 12 times; in 2002, 2003, and each year since 2007. The Marching Band has reached the Grand National Finals in each of the last 6 years, finishing in 10th place in 2011, 8th place in 2012, 6th place in 2013, 5th place in 2014, and 4th place in 2015. In 2016, the Band finished in 3rd place in Finals (0.9 point behind 1st place) and captured Outstanding Visual in Semi-Finals, their first caption at Grand Nationals.
The William Mason High School Marching Band was awarded the Sudler Shield in 2011. The Band is recognized as one of the top high school marching bands in the country and has been featured in Halftime Magazine and on Hornrank.com.