Great Bridge Jazz Festival

 This March 30th at 7:30 PM, the Great Bridge Middle School Stage Band and High School Jazz Ensemble will take the stage at Great Bridge Middle School to perform in the annual Great Bridge Jazz Festival. This year’s featured artist is Great Bridge alumnus Brendan Schnabel. You can read Brendan’s bio here.

The Jazz Ensemble will perform a variety of styles including swing, funk and an exciting New Orleans Brass Band style arrangement! We are excited to perform and hope that you can join us!

The concert is free and open to the public. See you there!

Indoor Guard Championships This Saturday

The Great Bridge High School Indoor Guard will compete in the Atlantic Indoor Association Circuit Championships this Saturday, April 1st!

This is your last chance to see the Indoor Guard perform their 2017 show! They are very entertaining and their show is awesome – we hope you can come see their final performance!

The championship location is up in the air at the moment, but the performance will be somewhere in Northern Virginia.

Indoor Guard Friends and Family Show

This Friday, the Great Bridge High School Indoor Guard will perform at the annual Grassfield High School Color Guard Friends and Family Show this Friday, March 17th. We hope you can make it and support our amazing local Indoor Color Guard programs!


You are cordially invited to attend this free showcase of our areas finest performing ensembles! Join us on Friday, March 17th 2017 at Grassfield High School. This event will highlight 4 local schools and performing groups. Come show your support for all of these amazing performers!

Show begins at 7:00pm
Grassfield High School
2007 Grizzly Trail
Chesapeake VA, 23323


6:00 pm-Arrival time for all groups. Busses or cars should pull around the front of the school for drop off. Groups will report to the cafeteria to drop off personal items and extra clothes. (Items of value should be kept on their person or in the gym). All tarps and equipment should be brought to the back of the gym and staged in designated areas.

6:00 pm- Members have time for costume/hair/makeup. Staff members have time for sound check.

7:00 pm- Meet and greet with audience, explanation of fund raiser. All performing members should be in the audience at this time. (There will be minor snacks and concessions available)

7:15 pm- Great Bridge Middle School Indoor Guard

7:30 pm- Great Bridge High School Indoor Guard

7:45 pm – Princess Anne High School

8:00 pm- Hickory High School Indoor Guard

8:15 pm- Grassfield High School Indoor Guard

8:30 pm – Closing remarks

8:45 pm – Ice cream social for performing members

9:45 pm – cleanup (Grassfield kids)

Explanation of donation race:

Each school should bring a bucket or container of moderate size. (It should easily fit on a table, no kiddie pools). Each bucket should be wildly and creatively decorated in your school colors with your school name. Over the course of the evening we will be asking for members of the audience to contribute donations to their schools of choice, or if they happened to enjoy the performance of one school in particular. Every several groups or so, we will do a tally of each schools bucket and announce who is ahead in the race. At the end of the show we will announce the overall race winner and the dollar amounts each school respectively raised. Make sure you get out as many invitations as possible to help boost your chances!!!!

Chesapeake Middle School Band Clinic

Great Bridge High School will host the first annual Chesapeake Middle School Band Clinic! This year’s adjudicators include Mr. Kelly Dee, Mr. Joe Kasmark and Hal Leonard composer Mr. Richard Saucedo. The concert begins at 6:00 PM and features Greenbrier, Great Bridge and Hickory Middle School’s Eighth Grade Bands.

Richard Saucedo is currently Director of Bands, Emeritus after retiring from the William H. Duke Center for the Performing Arts at Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana. During his 31-year tenure, Carmel bands received numerous state and national honors in the areas of concert band, jazz and marching band. The CHS Wind Symphony performed at the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival three times (1992, 1999 and 2004) and was named the Indiana State Champion Concert Band in 2013. The group also performed at the 2005 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. The Carmel High School Marching Greyhounds have finished in the top ten at the Bands of America Grand National Championship for the past 15 years and were named National Champions in 2005 and 2012. The Indiana Bandmasters Association named Mr. Saucedo Indiana’s “Bandmaster of the Year” for 1998-99, and the Indiana Music Educators Association named him the Outstanding Music Educator in the state of Indiana for 2010.  HALFTIME, SCHOOL BAND AND ORCHESTRA, and BRASSWIND/WOODWIND magazines have highlighted his accomplishments in recent articles. Mr. Saucedo was inducted into Music for All’s Hall of Fame in March 2015.

Mr. Saucedo is a freelance arranger and composer, having released numerous marching band arrangements, concert band and orchestral works, as well as many choral compositions. He is currently on the writing staff of Hal Leonard Corporation. His concert band works have been performed all over the world by middle school and high school bands, as well as by college and university groups. His most recent work for orchestra, “Essay #1 for Orchestra,” was premiered at the 2014 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. Mr. Saucedo has received commissions from all parts of the United States and Japan, and in the near future will be releasing numerous works for university, high school and middle school bands and orchestras. He is the author of two DVDs entitiled “Dynamic Music,” on the subject of rehearsing the marching band wind section. He is also featured in two DVDs on concert band rehearsal techniques, available from Dynamic Music/Marching.

Mr. Saucedo travels throughout the country as an adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor for concert band, jazz band, marching band and orchestra. He will be a guest conductor, clinician or commission composer in over 15 different states during the 2014-15 school year. He was an adjudicator/clinician for the Singapore International Band Festival in July 2014. He has been a featured clinician at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, the annual convention of the Texas Music Educators Association, and numerous other state MEA conventions. He has served as Music Caption Head for the Drum Corps Midwest Judges Guild and as a music judge for Drum Corps International (DCI) for many years. Mr. Saucedo also served as the brass composer/arranger for the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps in Rosemont, Illinois from 2000-2008; the Cavaliers won the DCI World Championship five times during his tenure. He is currently music coordinator as well as brass composer/arranger for the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He is an educational consultant for Music for All, as well as for Bands of America. He is a member of the Conn-Selmer Division of Education, and currently serves as assistant chief judge for Bands of America Marching Band Competitions.

Mr. Saucedo did his undergraduate work at Indiana University in Bloomington, and finished his master’s degree at Butler University in Indianapolis. He is an aviation enthusiast and a certified private pilot. Mr. Saucedo is married to his wife Sarah and is most proud of his daughter Carmen, who is about to begin her teaching career after studying elementary ed at Ball State University. His son Ethan is in second grade and loves music and basketball.

2017 Marching Wildcats New Member Camp

The 2017 Marching season is just around the corner! New marching band members will begin the season June 7-9 at GBMS for our annual New Member camp. At this event you will learn the fundamentals of marching and learn some of the music we will be playing for the 2017 season.

This event is for Brass, Woodwind, Drum Line and Color Guard members. We can’t wait to get the 2017 show started and hope you will join us!

VBODA District Band Assessment – THANK YOU

Thank you to the parents, students, and directors of the VBODA District IV Bands for a wonderful weekend of music making at Great Bridge High School! Both the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble gave fantastic performances and received Excellent Ratings from the panel of adjudicators.

Because we did not receive a Superior Rating, the GBHS Band is not a State Honor Band for the year, but every member of the program should be proud for their hard work and preparation for this year’s band assessment. Thank you to all!