Brambleton Middle School Band Receives a First Time Honor


The Brambleton Middle School Symphonic Band made history by being the first ever middle school from Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) to receive an invitation to perform at the Virginia Music Educators Association’s (VMEA) 2023 Professional Development Conference in November. The VMEA conference selection committee selected Brambleton Middle School Symphonic Band, under the direction of Martin Blount, Samantha Charriez and Colson Meekst, through a blind audition of submitted recordings from across the Commonwealth. Invitations to perform are extended only to the very best performing ensembles in Virginia.

“This is a significant honor, and we are so proud of the work going on at Brambleton Middle School. The recognition is the result of a recipe for success that includes outstanding instruction and leadership of the directors, the hard work of the students and support from the Brambleton Middle School administration and community,” explained Michael Pierson, LCPS Fine Arts Supervisor.

Students in the 2023-24 Brambleton Middle symphonic band will perform for a large audience of music teachers and families on November 17, 2023 at 10:30 a.m. at the Richmond Convention Center. Students and conductors will begin preparing the repertoire for this event in mid-August. 

The purpose of the Virginia Music Educators Association is to promote quality music education throughout the Commonwealth by providing leadership, instructional resources and professional development opportunities for Virginia’s music educators.


For more information about VMEA, visit the VMEA website.





Published June 6, 2023