William Mason Marching Band
Message from Mr. Sleppy
Hello Mason Band Families!
Looking back, the 2020 marching band season started off on unsure footing as the pandemic escalated in March and April, eventually leading to the shut down of in-person events and activities. When many feared that the marching band season would not happen, the Mason Band Family, as a team, was able to chart a flexible and adaptable course which created many successful experiences for our 2020 marching band students. The dedication, flexibility, and hard work of our students, parents, and staff is not something to take for granted. It’s one of the special things that makes Mason unique!
As our focus turns to 2021, we are excited for the possibilities! We are excited to once again return to competitive shows, we are excited to travel, and we are excited to continue to build the relationships and experiences that make the marching band special.
We are ready! And we look forward to you joining us for an amazing 2021 season!
The William Mason Marching Band is the largest student organization on campus with over 300 students involved. Students in 9th through 12th grade make up one of the best high school marching bands in the nation. The Marching Band season takes place from late May, with most of summer break off, to mid November.
Marching Band is a co-curricular activity that meets entirely outside of the school day. Students receive one-half credit and can also 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 short mini-camp in May, following the end of school. Band Camp begins in late July with daily sessions. During the school year, Marching Band rehearses several times a week and performs at home football games as well as some away football games.
The Marching Band performs in several competitions in the Mid-States Band Association and Bands of America circuits. Mason also hosts several competitions, with more information in the “Resources” section of the website. The Mason Marching Band has performed in Indianapolis, IN; St. Louis, MO; Pontiac, MI; Atlanta, GA, as well as Pasadena, CA in the 2016 Tournament of Roses Parade.
The Marching Band has been named the MSBA Open Class Champion numerous times, as well being BOA Regional Champions in 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019. The Band attended the 2019 OSU Buckeye Invitational. Mason has been a finalist in Bands of America Grand National Championships eight times times, placing 10th in 2011, 8th in 2012, 6th in 2013, 5th in 2014, 4th in 2015, 3rd in 2016,7th in 2018 and 7th in 2019. In 2016, the band was awarded the “Outstanding Visual Effect” award in Class AAAA in Semi Finals, their first caption award at Grand Nationals.
In 2011, the William Mason Marching Band was awarded the Sudler Shield. The Band is recognized as one of the top high school marching bands in the country and has been featured in Halftime Magazine.