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Marching Band Events

Marching Band & Color Guard is an exciting and enthusiastic group that creates a strong community among its members. Participants learn music, field drills, and flag work that is performed in the half-time show at varsity football games and as pep music played in the stands. Marching Band also performs in competitions, at special events, and at parades. Music or dance experience is great but not required. Students may choose to learn  a new instrument for Marching Band. In the fall, rehearsals are two weekday afternoons (typically Mondays and Wednesdays) and Saturdays, with a pre-season camp the week before school starts. The annual highlight is performing during the oldest Thanksgiving Day football rivalry in the country where Needham plays against Wellesley.

Marching Band is a wonderful opportunity to quickly make new friends in grades 8-12, enjoy music, and have fun! For more information about joining, please contact   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  the Marching Band director and NHS teacher, or  Tim O'Connor, student Drum Major.

For a calendar of all Marching Band events, click here.

Welcome to New Marching Band Staff

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The NHS Music Department announces the new Marching Band Staff:

Director: Paul Geresy
Asst Director: Catherine Iatesta
Asst Director/Color Guard: Jaclyn Leroy
Show Designer:  Peter Kiefer

Come and support our Marching Band at all home football games and their upcoming competitions.

Join us in welcoming the new staff to FOM!

Last Updated on Friday, 02 November 2012 15:25

NHS Marching Band Under New Leadership

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Mr. Paul Geresy has been named the new director of the NHS Marching Band. He has much experience and expertise as a private instructor of percussion and as the NHS Marching Band drum line instructor over the past three years.

Students are encouraged to consider joining the Needham High School Marching Band.  It is a great musical activity with a fantastic group of people, and it is also a way to be involved with the community via parades and other events. To read Mr. Geresy's introductory letter and to learn more about his vision for Marching Band, click here.  FOM thanks Gerry Gagnon for his years of committment to the Marching Band and wishes him the best in his new position at Newton South HS.
Last Updated on Sunday, 23 September 2012 18:55

Marching Band Camp

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Get ready for football season! The Annual Marching Band Camp Week is typically held the last full week of August before classes are scheduled to begin. All students participating in Marching Band and Color Guard should plan to attend Marching Band Camp. Bring your instrument and comfortable shoes, as we'll be playing and learning new formations! You are welcome to try out a new instrument in Marching Band and you don’t need to be taking a band class or audition to join this fun group. 

The first day of camp is geared toward new and prospective members, the rookies, and includes a focus on the fundamentals of marching. Seasoned Marching Band members will greet you, provide an orientation, introduce the music, and teach the basics of marching and formations. Any student considering joining Marching Band this year should be sure to attend Rookie Day.  

The location is NHS Memorial Field (meet at the gazebo) or NHS Band Room if it rains. The NHS Friends of Music hosts a barbeque lunch for students at the end of the week. Please check the website for updated information or contact Drum Major, Tim O'Connor. You can also contact director This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  for questions.

Last Updated on Saturday, 03 August 2013 20:44

Football Half-Time Performances

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The Marching Band and Color Guard perform at all NHS Varsity Football games. As well as providing pep music, the band and color guard perform at half-time. For the current game schedule, click here.
Last Updated on Sunday, 23 September 2012 19:08

Marching Band Awards Banquet

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The end of year banquet is typically at the Episcopal Church and is usually the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.   This family event wraps up the football season with a slide show and awards.
Last Updated on Saturday, 06 October 2012 16:18


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The Marching Band parade season is in the spring. Students march in the Annual Needham Little League Opening Day Parade and the Needham Memorial Day Parade.
Last Updated on Sunday, 17 August 2008 21:35

Marching Band Car Wash

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Marching Band's annual fundraiser is held at Claxton Field (across from the dump).  All proceeds help offset the cost of Marching Band activities. All Marching Band students should plan to participate. The car wash is typically held in August or September.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 September 2009 13:14

Parents of Marching Band

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Parent support is a key component for a successful Marching Band season.  Parent assistance, whether it is one hour, one day, or one season, is welcomed and needed to keep the program going strong.  Click here to see how you can help.

Last Updated on Saturday, 06 October 2012 16:21