History


The Bassett High School Band program has a long history of quality musical ensembles. Through such ensembles as the Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Marching Band, Winter Guard, and Indoor Percussion, the program has a proud heritage of success. The band programs consistently earn superior ratings at the Virginia District Concert and Marching Assessment as well as other festivals. In 2012, the Symphonic Band proudly represented District VI at The Homestead as a part of the Virginia Music Educators Association State Convention.

The marching band, winter guard, and indoor percussion ensembles have been successful participants at local, regional, circuit, state, and national competitions. They have many regional class championships and finalists accolades with Bands of America as well as being a 9 time Grand National Semi-Finalist. The Marching Band program is a 7 time Class 5 Open USBands State Champion. The band has also finished in the top 5 in their class at the USBands National Championships.  The winter guard and indoor percussion ensembles are proud members of the Atlantic Indoor Association Circuit.  Both groups have consistently been WGI Regional Finalists and World Semi-Finalists.

Band Resume

Marching Band awards include:
7-time Bands of America National Semi-Finalist
15-time BOA Regional Finalist (TN, GA, NY, NJ, OH, FL, NC, WV)
13-time Bands of America Class A Regional Champions
1-time BOA of America Class AA Regional Champion
Bands of America Grand Nationals Competitions, Class A (Indianapolis, IN)
2nd place (2 years)
3rd place (1 year)
5th place (1 year)
41 Grand Championships at local competitions since 1996
7-time USBands Virginia State Champions – 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011. 2012, 2013
USBands National Championships
2nd place (Class 5 Open) – 2007, 2009, 2011
5th place (Class 5 Open) – 2008
3rd place (Class 5 Open) – 2010
4th place (Class 5 Open) – 2012

VA Governor’s Inaugural Parade – 2001
Martinsville Christmas Parade -1996-2016
Bassett Heritage Days Parade- 1999-2016
Bassett Christmas Parade- 1999-2016
Vinton Dogwood Arts Parade- 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002
Dicken’s of a Christmas Parade- 1998
Cary Band Day Parade- 2005 (1st place overall in competition)

Symphonic/Concert Band honors include:
Consistent Superior ratings in grades IV, V, and VI since 1997 in District Concert Festivals and Music Showcase Festivals
Virginia Music Educators Association Convention performance 2012

Winter Guard awards include:
4-time Circuit Champions (AIA, CIPA, CWEA)
17-time Winter Guard International Regional Finalist
7-time WGI National Semi-Finalist
2-time WGI National Finalist – 2001, 2008

Indoor Percussion Ensemble awards include:
Circuit Champions 2003, 2011
2-time WGI National Semi-Finalis
2009 WGI World Championship Finalist
7-time WGI Regional Finalist
WGI Eastern Regional Champions – 2008