Did you know that band / guard students are eligible to letter?
Letter and Pin
WSHS Band Letter Criteria
The following are the minimum criteria to apply for a band letter: To apply for a letter a band member must meet 4 out of the following 5 requirements. Once these minimum requirements are met the letter awards are made at the discretion of the band director.
Member in good standing of Marching Spartans (includes exemplary attendance at all marching band rehearsals and performances). Exemplary attendance is defined as not having any unexcused absences/tardies nor having more than two excused absences/tardies to all rehearsals and performances.
Audition for All-District Band
Exemplary attendance at all non-marching band activities (includes rehearsals).
Achieve a rating of I or II in the District Solo and Ensemble Festival in grade IV or higher.
Participate fully on Tag Day.
Color Guard Letter member (who does not play an instrument in band) to apply, they must meet ALL of the following requirements. Once these minimum requirements are met the letter awards are made at the discretion of the band director.
Member in good standing of both the Fall and Winter Guards.
Exemplary attendance at all Band and Color Guard activities.
Participate fully on Tag Day.
The first letter awarded is a cloth letter. In subsequent years, a gold colored bar is awarded when a student meets the lettering criteria.
The Clef, Lyre, Honor Lyre and Aulos awards are given to those students who accumulate points during the school year based on the type and number of activities they participate in, the ratings they receive, their participation and their grade level. These awards are ribbon. The awards application form is used to calculate the point total.
9th grade or above
10th grade or above
Honor Lyre Award
11th grade or above
30 points and a research paper (topic approved and reviewed by the director)
Open to students in 12th grade
2nd, 3rd, 4th Letter Bar
Sample of Award Bars
WSHS Band Awards Point System
Awards are tallied using the following activites and accomplishments points system.
Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association Medals and Band Ribbons
MEDALS TO PURCHASE These are musical medals that maybe collected to commemorate students accomplishments. These can be worn on letter jackets or collected in another ways. They identify special groups of students within the band. You must qualify for each medal you wish to purchase.
Cost is $3.00 per medal.
All Distirct Symphonic Band (Marroon)
All Distirict Concert Band (Orange)
VBODA Marching Band (for surperior rating)
District Band/Orchestra Festival Medals Music Grade IV, V, VI will be included on ribbion
Solo & Ensemble Festival Medals* Music Grade IV, V, VI will be included on ribbon *Note: unlike elementary or middle school all solo ensemble awards must be purchased
RIBBONS TO PURCHASE These are musical ribbons that maybe collected to commemorate students accomplishments. These can be worn on letter jackets or collected in another ways. They identify special groups of students within the band. You must qualify for each ribbon you wish to purchase.
Cost is $3.00 per ribbon.
Class Position Ribbons
Indicate instrument played and number years playing the instrument (first, second, third, fourth)
Band Ribbons(Participated in this year)
Organization Ribbons(participated in this year)
Participation Ribbons(denotes the year of participation)
Band Honor Ribbons(Denote honors won by the band as a whole)
District Assessment Superior Rating
Distirct Assessment Excellent Rating
Marching Band Superior Ensemble Rating
Marching Band Excellent Ensemble Rating
Individual Honor Ribbons(Denote honors by individual students)
Participated in District Band
Marching Band Leadership Ribbons
All Medals and Ribbons cost $3.00 per item. Checks made payalbe to WSHS Band Boosters