Gloucester High School Band"An 8 Time Virginia Honor Band"

Gloucester, VA / Samuel Venable, Director of Bands

Welcome to The Inaugural

Bands Along the Bay Competition!

Saturday, October 12, 2019

The Gloucester Marching Dukes are excited to host the first ever competition at Dukes Stadium. Thank you for being a part of the excitement as bands from Richmond to Virginia Beach compete for top honors.

  • Tickets are $10 for adults
  • $5 for children 4 to 13
  • Children 3 and under are free

Performances start at 4:30PM, and the final performance will be our very own Marching Dukes at 9:15PM. Join us for an evening of incredible talent and hard work coming to life on the field!

Bands Along the Bay 2019
Class Band Warm-up Warm-up Area Leave Warm-up Gate Perform
A West Point High School 3:30 A 4:10 4:25 4:30
A First Colonial High School 3:45 B 4:25 4:40 4:45
A Salem High School 4:00 C 4:40 4:55 5:00
Judges Break
AA Hermitage High School 4:30 A 5:10 5:25 5:30
AA Kecoughtan High School 4:45 B 5:25 5:40 5:45
AA Tabb High School 5:00 C 5:40 5:55 6:00
AA York High School 5:15 A 5:55 6:10 6:15
Dinner Break
AAA Jamestown High School 6:15 B 6:55 7:10 7:15
AAA Bethel High School 6:30 C 7:10 7:25 7:30
AAA Oscar Smith HS 6:45 A 7:25 7:40 7:45
AAA Tallwood High School 7:00 B 7:40 7:55 8:00
Judges Break
AAAA Menchville High School 7:30 C 8:10 8:25 8:30
AAAA Midlothian High School 7:45 A 8:25 8:40 8:45
AAAAA Atlee 8:00 B 8:40 8:55 9:00
Exhibition Gloucester 8:15 C 8:55 9:10 9:15
Awards Ceremony 9:30

Concession Items -

  • Hamburgers
  • Hot Dogs
  • Pizza
  • Northern Neck Popcorn
  • Candy & Snacks
  • Drinks

Programs will be available for sale.

  • Being a former middle and high school band director, I am fully aware of all that goes into making an event such as this a reality. I again am truly grateful for all of the students, parents, directors, staff and families who have come together to support this wonderful event. I hope that every group scheduled to perform does an outstanding job in which you can be proud. I ask that you continue to support the Arts as these experiences and opportunities are critical to the development of our youth as they learn about teamwork, critical thinking, precision, dedication, musicianship and responsibility. All of the students who are performing in this magnificent event are already winners and I know that great things are in store for them in their future endeavors.
    Dr. Walter R. Clemons
    Superintendent of Gloucester County Public Schools
  • We look forward to hearing the performances by the local bands and those from around the state of Virginia. These bands will be performing at the highest level today. The dedication that students have put forth is apparent in their being present at this prestigious competition. Thank you for joining us this year and best of luck to all of the competing bands.
    Mr. Craig Reed
    Principal of Gloucester High School

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A native of Virginia Beach, VA, Samuel L. Venable is currently the Director of Bands at Gloucester High School in Gloucester, VA. Mr. Venable received his high school education from Tallwood High School, in Virginia Beach, VA. He received his Bachelor of Music with an emphasis in Music Education from Old Dominion University in 2015. While in college, Mr. Venable studied saxophone under the 77 th President of the American Band Masters Association and Director of Bands of ODU, Mr. Dennis Zeisler. Mr. Venable performed in multiple ensembles including Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, The Monarch Marching Band, and Saxophone Quartet. Mr. Venable was also active in his fraternity Phi Mu Alpha as a Bass singer. Mr. Venable currently resides in Yorktown, VA with his wife Jenna.



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