Tweets by Mechanicsville High School Band Band performing at football game

The MHS band program has a long-standing tradition of excellence. Parent involvement is important to us. Whether it is chaperoning an away game, helping with uniforms on Friday night, or being a part of the illustrious pit team; we need you!


Austin Nicholas
Director of Bands
(804) 537-BAND (2263)

Our Ensembles

Marching Band
Our marching band has opportunities and experiences that create memories that last a lifetime. They participate in many fun and exciting events, including football games, competitions, parades, trips, parties, and more!

The Concert Band
The concert band is divided into two groups—woodwinds/brass instruments and percussion/symphonic instruments—and meet separately as a one-credit class that contributes towards their overall GPA. These groups conduct morning rehearsals outside of class time and perform in the fall, winter, and spring concerts and at division assessments.

The Wind Ensemble
The wind ensemble is the top-performing concert ensemble at MHS. In this class, students receive credit and a grade, and they must audition or obtain the band director’s recommendation for admission. Auditions take place in the spring prior to scheduling for the new school year. We highly suggest students take private lessons when performing at the level required in the wind ensemble. We perform at seasonal concerts, division assessments, and other school and community events.

The Percussion Ensemble
The percussion ensemble is made up of concert band percussionists who work on extensive drum and mallet techniques performing music specifically written for this genre. 

The Jazz Ensemble
The jazz ensemble is an advanced ensemble. Students in this class receive a grade and class credit. Participation is based on audition or the director’s discretion. Auditions take place in the spring prior to scheduling for the new school year. Hanover County Schools requires participation in a concert ensemble in conjunction with the jazz ensemble to ensure both classical and jazz training. We perform at seasonal concerts and frequent “gigs” in the school and community.

Advanced Band
The advanced band is a weighted credit class that any wind ensemble student can test/audition into.

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