One of the newest high school marching bands in Loudoun County has already racked up two state championships.
Riverside High School’s marching band was formed in 2015, the same year the school first opened. Band Director Bram Smith said since then, the band has grown from 20 members to 47.
In that time, it has been a good day to be a Riverside Ram, as the band chants. The band also won state championships in 2017 and 2018. The county Board of Supervisors recognized that achievement with a ceremonial resolution Tuesday, May 7.
“I remember it was just a few years ago when I was trying to find land for Riverside High School, and you guys have already won two state championships,” said board Vice Chairman Ralph M. Buona (R-Ashburn). “So it’s just an amazing feat.”
“They’ve come a long ways, they’ve put a hard effort every day, and I’m always super proud of them,” Smith said.
“Our first year we were only 20 people, and we went to competitions and only got like a small participation award,” said drum major Alexa Ramirez. “Flash forward, the past two years we took home two state championships, and we’re just glad we got to share that with each other and the rest of the community.”
“I know we’re going to be in good hands for the future,” said drum major Cameron I. Roberts. “And for the seniors, we might all be going to different places, but it’s always a great day to be a Ram.”
Supervisors also presented resolutions to remarkable athletes from Dominion High School. The Dominion High School Dance Team brought home Loudoun County’s first-ever national dance championship, junior Jack Creamer won back-to-back state wrestling championships, and the Dominion High School’s Girls Swim Team notched a first place finish at the Virginia High School League’s 4A swim meet in Richmond.