Building a Successful Program
Battlefield High School opened in the fall of 2004 to meet the needs of a rapidly growing community in western Prince William County. Early on, 40 students in the marching band took 1st place in their class in three competitions. Earning Superior ratings in both marching and concert bands, the program earned its first of many Virginia Honor Band accolades. In years to come, the band grew in size quickly and had the opportunity to showcase their talents at the 2006 Gator Bowl. The marching band was invited to perform at the 2008 Sugar Bowl band competition, winning 1st place in all categories and earning the honor of performing during the pregame festivities. The band continued its success at the 2009 Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando, FL, taking 1st place in all categories and earning an individual band performance during pregame and halftime performance with the other bands from around the country. In January 2011, the Marching Bobcats traveled to the BCS National Championship game in New Orleans, Louisiana. Their Grand Champion award earned them the honor of an individual band performance during pregame as well as unfurling the giant flag on the field during the halftime show.
Focused on the Future
The tradition of excellence continued with Superior ratings in marching band performance, a sweep of all captions in class AAAA and 1st place accolades at James Madison University's Parade of Champions competition, and a performance in the 2016 Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando, Florida.
Our current goal is to receive recognition on a national level through participation in the prestigious Bands of America competition. The Marching Bobcats have traveled to Delaware and South Carolina, competing among the best band programs in the nation. In the concert hall, the concert band, symphonic band, and wind ensemble perform at the highest levels and continue to be named a "Virginia Honor Band".
Over the years, the band has marched in the Independence Day Parade in Washington, DC, the Macy's Christmas Parade, at Universal Studios, the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, the West Virginia Strawberry Festival Parade, the Haymarket Day Parade, the Manassas Veteran's Day Parade, and the Manassas Christmas Parade, earning top honors. Prince William County Supervisor Pete Candland named the band "Gainesville Heroes", Virginia representative Tim Hugo passed a Virginia State House resolution honoring the band for its accomplishments, and US representative Gerald Connolly recognized the band on the floor of the US House of Representatives. And most recently, FOX5DC honored the Marching Bobcats with the Hometown Heroes Award on their "Zip Trip" to Prince William County. On Friday nights, the band can be found on the field and in the stands cheering on Battlefield's football team.