In addition to the course offerings in band, West Springfield offers:
Guitar Program: six sections of guitar, including two concert Guitar Ensembles and a Jazz Guitar Combo.
Choir Program: The choirs include Bel Canto, Concert Choir, Madrigals, and Personality, the West Springfield Show Choir.
Orchestra Program: Orchestral offerings include Concert Strings, Symphonic Strings and Chamber Strings.
AP Music Therory: For advanced instrumental and vocal students, the music department offers Advanced Placement Music Theory.
After-school Full Symphony Orchestra
Additional After-school groups and ensembles
After-school Vocal Groups
In total, the Music Department serves almost one-third of the students enrolled at West Springfield High School.
West Springfield is pleased and proud to be part of the Fairfax County Public Schools, with its devotion to academic achievement and commitment to excellence in music education. The West Springfield Wind Symphony is the premier concert ensemble at West Springfield High School and is comprised of sixty of the band program’s more than 150 enrolled students. There are two additional performing concert bands, a jazz ensemble, color guard, drum line, and several chamber ensembles. The Marching Spartans are a seven time U.S. Bands Virginia State Champion, a three time U.S. Bands All-States Champion, and have participated in Bands of America Regional events in both Maryland and Ohio.
Course offerings include:
Brass and Woodwind Class
Wind Symphony and
Co-curricular offerings include (These activities are open at discretion of the director and not guaranteed to happen annually.)
Marching Color Guard
Indoor Drum Line
West Springfield Symphony
We have an active and supportive student population and parent booster organization. In addition to our band director, the Spartans have a large and highly qualified supplemental instructional staff of teachers, instructors, and clinicians. We believe that our rigorous course of music study through band will help our students to grow and succeed in their musical, academic, personal and professional pursuits.
MR. ERIC HOANG, WSHS BAND DIRECTOR
Eric Hoang has been involved in music education at all levels from elementary to collegiate during his career. Mr. Hoang was also on the staff of the Youth Orchestras of Prince William, serving as director of the Wind Symphony in addition to being an active adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor throughout the region.
He is a member of the National Association for Music Education, Virginia Music Educators Association, and Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society.
Mr. Hoang is an active guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator throughout the region, and plays tuba in the Fairfax Wind Symphony.
A native of Falls Church, VA, Eric Hoang earned his Bachelor of Music degree from George Mason University where he studied with Roger Behrend and Anthony Maiello.
He also holds a Master of Music degree in tuba performance from Ithaca College in New York studying with Dr. Aaron Tindall. Mr. Hoang started his teaching career as the assistant band director at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, VA; he then served as director of bands at Garfield High School in Woodbridge, VA for four years and most recently as associate band director at Robinson Secondary School.
WSHS Music Band Staff
The West Springfield Band program has many dedicated professionals working to provide the highest quality of instruction to all of our students and ensembles. In additon to our full-time faculty members we have many adjunct instructors, ensemble directors, sectional clinicians and private lessons instructors. Each of our instructors has a history of successful teaching and has been approved by the Fairfax County Public Schools.
The performance opportunities available to our students:
The premier concert band at West Springfield, the Wind Symphony exclusively performs literature deemed of the highest quality from the repertory of both traditional and contemporary compositional styles at the grade V-VI level. Students will develop a deeper sensitivity not only toward outstanding musicianship, but with regard to historical style, performance practices, and aesthetics. Although not required, students are highly encouraged to take private lessons. Membership in the Wind Symphony is open to any student who qualifies through audition; all members of the Wind Symphony participate in the Marching Spartans.
The Symphonic Band is one of our two advanced concert bands. This class is designed to develop the student musician through the rehearsal and performance of quality wind band literature typically at the grade IV-V level. It is also designed to prepare the musician for performance at the most advanced level. Musical, historical and theoretical concepts are discussed and applied appropriately to every piece of music. Membership in the Symphonic Band is open to any student who qualifies through audition. All Members of the Symphonic Band participate in the Marching Band.
Concert Band is open to all students at West Springfield High School and will focus on basic skills such as tone production, rhythm, scales and sight-reading. Students with no previous band experience may start an instrument but only at the discretion of the director; this is also a great class for those students interested in switching instruments. The first semester will focus on foundational performance concepts and techniques while the second semester will provide performance opportunities. Members of this group are highly encouraged to participate in marching band.
The Jazz Band rehearses once a week after school from November until June and performs at concerts, school functions and community events. The Jazz Band performs literature from swing, latin, funk and rock genres. Membership in the Jazz Band is open to any student who qualifies through audition.
The Marching Spartans ensemble is designed to perform modern field shows at the highest level possible. The Marching Spartans compete at marching competitions and parades and perform at home football games. Emphasis is placed equally on musical and visual excellence. Membership in the Marching Spartans is open to all band students.
The WSHS color guard is the visual representation of the marching band. Color guard members are trained in movement, dance, and the manipulation of equipment such as flags, rifle, and sabre. Color guard is open to any student who qualifies through audition; the guard also competes during the winter season.