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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
the Marching Band director and NHS teacher, or Tim O'Connor, student Drum Major.
For a calendar of all Marching Band events, click here.
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What is ‘Vocal Support’?
For many years, the two NHS student-led a cappella groups ‘Treble Rebels’ and ‘Subway Dwarves’ have successfully practiced their singing after school hours and performed at many Needham High School and other community events, including participation in the A Cappella Go concert, conceived by the Needham Creative Arts Council, and now run by the NHS Friends of Music.
At the end of the A Cappella Go concert in November 2008, however, the student singers, spearheaded by Jeremy Aines (NHS ’09), decided to reach for more: They wanted to establish a Spring event, focused on a cappella singing at the high school and college levels and beyond, and on raising money for a good cause. Thus, the ‘Vocal Support’ concert was conceived. With the addition of a third a cappella group at Needham High School, Fermata Nowhere, this yearly event promises to showcase the entire a cappella specter of the Needham High School, along with great examples of college and professional a cappella groups.
In April of 2009, at the inaugural event, the concert raised $ 3,000 for the Spinal Cord Injury Association, Greater Boston Chapter, and a great time was had by the audience crowded into the auditorium on a very rainy night!!! In addition to the high school groups, the concert featured two college groups (Skidmore Dynamics and NYU N’Harmonics), as well as the professional Boston group ‘Firedrill!’
2010's event supported work in MA and beyond against homelessness, with all proceeds donated to Housing Families Inc., as well as a collection of new, packaged underwear, socks and onesies going to Circle of Hope Inc. In addition to the three NHS groups, the concert featured 'Duke's Men of Yale', and NYC pro group 'Duwende'. In 2011, proceeds were split between the local Habitat for Humanity chapter and Samariteens, Boston, a teenage mental health hotline. The three NHS groups were supported by Brandeis ‘Rather Be Giraffes’, as well as Boston pro group ‘Overboard’. 2012’s concert raised funds for a local need: A new piano for the soon-to-be new Senior Center in town. The middle school singing groups once again entertained the crowd as mike testers, and Five O’Clock Shadow, a staple of the Boston a cappella scene, showcased rock a cappella at its finest, along with the superb skills of beat-boxer/mouth bass ‘Stack’, aka David Stackhouse. In 2013, the student singers chose to support outreach organization Music & Youth, and in addition to the middle and high school groups, the concert featured Boston's talented and upcoming Fermata Town.
This event is sponsored by the NHS Friends of Music, whom we thank for their organizational support.
Come join the Needham community and enjoy the original human instrument for a good cause!