Band

The Hanover High School bands program has a long-standing tradition of excellence. Our director, Kate McConchie and all our staff love what we do and teach with enthusiasm, professionalism, and authority.

About Our Director

student in marching bandMarching Band

Our Marching Hawks have opportunities and experiences that create memories that last a lifetime. They participate in many fun and exciting events, including football games, competitions, parades, trips, parties, and more!

Being a Marching Hawk makes you part of a strong and united team. Our team does not work without the entire band on the field. That makes every person important and valuable.

Family Support

Marching Band is a rewarding family activity. We cannot properly function without parent involvement. Whether it is chaperoning an away game, helping with uniforms on Friday night, or being a part of the illustrious pit team; we need you! We look forward to welcoming each of you into our exciting band program.

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Drumline

The HHS Drumline is part of our musical marching ensemble. We perform at football games.

Color Guard

The Hanover HS Color Guards beautifully interpret the music that the marching band or drumline plays via the synchronized work of flags and through dance.

Winter Guard

Winter Guard is an indoor sport usually performed during the winter or spring, where we perform unaccompanied by the band, to a piece of pre-recorded music. We compete scholastically in the Atlantic Indoor Association (AIA) and Winter Guard International (WGI) circuits.

The Concert Band

The Concert Band is divided into two groups that meet as a class separately— Woodwinds/Brass and Percussion/Symphonic Band. Students receive one credit each for these classes, along with a grade that contributes towards their overall GPA. These groups meet outside of class time for approximately three morning rehearsals and one dress rehearsal per concert cycle. We perform at the fall, winter, and spring concerts as well as the division assessment.

The Wind Ensemble

The Wind Ensemble is the top-performing concert ensemble at Hanover High School. In this class, students receive credit and a grade. Students must audition or be recommended by the band director for entry into this band. Auditions take place in the spring prior to scheduling for the new school year. We highly suggest students take private lessons when performing at the level required in the Wind Ensemble. We perform at the Veteran’s Day assembly, seasonal concerts, division assessment, and other opportunities as they are offered.

The Percussion Ensemble

The Percussion Ensemble is made up of Concert Band percussionists. They also perform as a percussion ensemble, a totally separate entity that works on extensive drum and mallet technique in music specifically written for this genre. This ensemble performs with Concert Band and as Percussion Ensemble at the fall, winter, and spring concerts as well as an assembly and a possible recruitment field trip.

The Jazz Band

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The Jazz Band is an introductory jazz course available to any HHS musician already enrolled in Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, or Percussion Ensemble. It is important that instrumentalists expand upon their skills by being fully immersed in classical training before adding this course. Jazz Band explores the history of jazz while introducing students to improvisation and the art of performing as a combo and big band. Students begin to understand and appreciate the music and culture known as “jazz.” Students in this group perform at the seasonal concerts as well as the spring jazz dinner event.

The Jazz Ensemble

The Jazz Ensemble is an advanced ensemble. Students in this class receive a grade and class credit. Participation is based on audition or the director’s discretion. Auditions take place in spring prior to scheduling for the new school year. Hanover County Schools requires participation in a concert ensemble in conjunction with the Jazz Ensemble. It is important to receive both classical and jazz training as one seeks to improve his or her musical talent. We perform at seasonal concerts and frequent “gigs” in the school and community.

We would like to take this ensemble to venues and concerts that will help teach a better understanding of the music and culture known as “jazz.” Students in this class will receive weighted credit, and in addition to their regular coursework, we require a major end-of-the-year transcription.

Advanced Band

Advanced Band is a weighted credit class that any Wind Ensemble student can test/audition into. Please see the Weighted Credit page in the handbook for more information regarding entry into this program.

A thought on ensemble playing….

“All the other arts are lonely. We paint alone—my picture, my interpretation of the sky. My poem, my novel. But in music—ensemble music, not soloism—we share. No altruism this, for we receive tenfold what we give.” - Catherine Drinker Bowen (Friends and Fiddlers)

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Band Boosters

We appreciate our wonderful booster supporters!

President: Sheri Castle 
Vice President: Bobbi Sue Tunstall 
Co-Treasurer: Kate Chesley 
Co-Treasurer: Lucy Seward    
Secretary: Joan Faust 

Director 2yr: Pam Falls 
Director 2yr: Kim Henderson 
Director 1yr: Katherine Garner 

Standing Committees:

Uniform Co-Chair: Angie Mathews 
Uniform Co-Chair: Heather Shaheen 
Public Relations: Carrie Burrow 
Volunteer Coordinator: Staci Smith 
Guard Liaison: Jennie Miller 
Ways and Means: Bev Theen
Pit Co-chairs: Open

Helpful Band Links

Contact

Please visit, call, or e-mail. We are happy to help answer your questions. 
Kate McConchie, Director
Phone: (804) 723-3757
Fax: (804) 723-3759 

Physical Address
Hanover High School Band
10307 Chamberlayne Rd.
Mechanicsville, VA 23116

Mailing Address
Hanover High School Band Boosters
P.O. Box 2188
Mechanicsville, VA 23116

We compete scholastically in the Atlantic Indoor Association (AIA) and Winter Guard International (WGI) circuits.
We compete scholastically in the Atlantic Indoor Association (AIA) and Winter Guard International (WGI) circuits.
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