Marching Pioneers

The Millbrook HS Marching Pioneers consist of well over 120+ members each year and is a rapidly growing ensemble. Membership includes woodwinds, brass, battery percussion, front ensemble percussion, and color guard. Members of the MHS Wind Ensemble are required to be members of the Marching Pioneers, while members of the Symphonic and Concert Bands are welcome and encouraged to join. Likewise, in order to be a wind or percussion member in the Marching Pioneers, you must be in one of our three concert bands. Our color guard is open to all students who wish to participate and have completed the audition process each spring. 
The Marching Pioneers travel and perform extensively throughout the year. In the fall, the band performs at 4-5 competitions, along with the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors' Association (VBODA) State Marching Assessment. The band also participates in local parades and at all home football games. Additional performances include away football games (1-2 per year), pep rallies, and community events. While the Marching Pioneers have a history of predominantly performing in just Virginia, we will be looking to expand our travels to various regional and national events in the future.
All members of the Marching Pioneers go through summer training and rehearsals throughout the year, including our Band Camp, which is during August, prior to school starting. In Band Camp, students learn all of the fall show's music and drill. Upon completion of camp, the Marching Pioneers perform a demo show for our families. Once the school year starts, rehearsals take place on Tuesday and Thursday from 3-6 PM. On game days, we rehearse prior to the game. 
While performing with the Marching Pioneers is not an easy feat, it is well worth the time, effort, and commitment needed to produce a quality product and performance each year. We are proud of what the Marching Pioneers accomplish each year and how they represent not only our school, but also the community and state. 

Marching Pioneers Show History
2003 - West Side Story
2004 - Civil War Suite
2005 - The Phantom of the Opera
2006 - Back to Broadway
2007 - Ray
2008 - El Fuego de Espana
2009 - Les Miserables
2010 - Sounds of the Cinema
2011 - West Side Story
2012 - The Phantom of the Opera
2013 - Pioneer Spirit
2014 - Pure Imagination
2015 - Civilization: The Rise of Mankind
2016 - New World Odyssey
2017 - With Their Eyes Turned Skyward
2018 - Break Free
James Tucker