A fall festival at Mountain View High School in Quicksburg will welcome the community from 5:30-8 p.m. on Thursday for food, music, prizes and fun.
The Music Fall Fest is organized and funded through the Music Department Boosters. Meal passes of $10 include five raffle/game tickets and support the music program.
Along with pulled chicken barbecue, a bake sale, children’s activities and raffle prizes, members of the band and concert choir will perform, said band and orchestra director McKenzie Garrett.
The last fall festival was in 2019, Garrett said.
New to the job last year, Garrett, a Winchester native and 2020 Shenandoah University graduate, said the event is an exciting way to bring normalcy back to the school after the pandemic forced cancellations and other health regulations last year.
“Especially right now while we’re still in school and everything is pretty normal, minus quarantine,” she said, “ ... We really want to do our best to bring as much normalcy to our program as we can.”
Also this fall, the marching band has three upcoming competitions with its show “Colour Connection,” featuring the songs “Mr. Blue Sky,” “Violet Hill” and “Great Balls of Fire.”
The music department is also planning a Halloween concert with tunes such as the “Ghostbusters” theme and “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 and a Dec. 16 holiday concert.
The Marching Generals, with about 25 students, will compete on Oct. 9 in the Shenandoah Valley Marching Invitational at Harrisonburg High School, Oct. 16 at the James Madison University Parade of Champions and Oct. 23 at Dominion High School.
With the school’s recent name change, the band is also performing in new uniforms, Garrett said.
“We were very, very appreciative of our principal, Mike Dorman, and the school board to make sure that the band was also included in getting the new uniforms,” she said.
Though she’s seen music departments in some school divisions take a back seat to other programs, she said the Shenandoah County School Board has afforded her a budget that so far has covered the band’s and the orchestra’s needs.
“Our instruments are our textbooks,” she said. Periodically they need to be replaced or repaired just as the supplies in any other class.
“A lot of the things we needed were program-based. … [But] I don’t have a problem or a struggle with my budget as it’s presented to me,” Garrett said.
Last year, Garrett took over for previous Band Director Megan Hendrix, who is seeking a master’s degree in Music Teaching and Learning at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.
“Last year we were trying to plan something but things [with the pandemic] were just too new,” Garrett said.
This year, she said she’s succeeded thanks to support from her colleagues and the community.
“The marching band still tried to do the best we could,” she said. “This year it’s just really exciting.”
Through the festival, she said, they’re “looking forward to continuing to strengthen and build relationships in the community.”