Category Archives: Arts

Marching band dazzles at Homecoming, triumphs at Oakton Classic

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Posted on October 20, 2014 by

In addition to the football team’s exciting overtime 24-21 victory at the Homecoming game against Fairfax on Friday, the marching band treated the crowd to a delightful performance. If you’d like to download the full performance, courtesy of Peggy Fox, please click here: https://www.sugarsync.com/pf/D692234_94553941_644657

On Sept. 27,  the marching band won first place in Class 5A at the Oakton Classic competition and second place in the overall competition. Congratulations!

McLean's marching band performs at the Oakton Classic on Sept. 27.

McLean’s marching band performs at the Oakton Classic on Sept. 27. (Photo courtesy of Chris Weise)

Marching Band earns finals placement in Bands of America Regional Championship

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Posted on September 25, 2014 by

Our Marching Band performed in the Bands of America Regional Championship in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, last weekend. Their competitive show this year is titled “Pure Imagination” and is an exciting medley of childhood fantasy favorites such as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “Pure Imagination,” “Flight of the Bumblebee” and Danny Elfman’s music from Edward Scissorhands. In the Finals competition, McLean earned 8th place with a score of 64.40.

We are extremely proud of the Highlander Marching Band and band director Mr. Chris Weise.

Symphonic Band and Percussion Ensemble invited to perform at the Music for All National Concert Band Festival

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Posted on September 25, 2014 by

McLean’s Symphonic Band and Percussion Ensemble were both invited to participate in the Music for All National Concert Band Festival this March in Indianapolis, one of the highest honors for a high school band program—only the top 16 groups in the country are invited to participate.

Be sure to support the band members and directors as they prepare to present an hour-long performance at this festival!



At the end of the 2013-14 school year, art teacher Christina Carroll’s students participated in The Memory Project, in which they made portraits for children in Nicaragua and Haiti. They recently received pictures and videos showing the results of their hard work. According to founder Ben Schumaker, “The Memory Project is a unique initiative in which art students create portraits for children and teens around the world […]

Art students create portraits for children in Nicaragua and Haiti through The Memory Project

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Posted on September 15, 2014 by


The McLean High School Theatre Company (MTC) earned three awards at the 15th Annual Cappies Gala conducted in the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall, Sunday June 8. The Cappies, “Critics and Awards Program,” is a program through which high school theatre and journalism students are trained as critics, attend shows at other schools, write reviews, and publish those reviews in local media. At the end of the […]

McLean Theatre Company wins three Cappies at Kennedy Center gala

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Posted on June 12, 2014 by

McLean Theatre Company up for 18 Cappies

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Posted on May 22, 2014 by

Photo courtesy of Karen Perry

Photo courtesy of Karen Perry

Please join me in congratulating Amy Poe and the McLean theatre students on securing 18 nominations at the upcoming Cappies for their Catch Me If You Can production! The Cappies is the high school theatre version of the Tony Awards, and it is held annually at the Kennedy Center.  Please congratulate the students below, along with Amy, and wish them luck. Winners will be announced on June 8th.

  • Rising Critics: Gillian Wright & Jack Posey
  • Returning Critics: Marielle Burt, Emma Paquette & Isabel Zapata
  • Critics Team: Emma Paquette, Marielle Burt, Isabel Zapata, Gillian Wright, Zoé LeMenestrel, Sam Miller, Ray Clardy, Rachel Lawhead & Jack Posey
  • Lighting: Emily Robinson, Emily Pruyn & Tristan Froats
  • Set: Marielle Burt & Ben French
  • Props: Camille Calderon, Brittany Regas, Kevin Pfeil & Emily Robinson
  • Special Effects/Technology: Isabel Zapata & Leo Grandinetti
  • Costumes: Gillian Wright, Emily Robinson, Miranda Creason
  • Choreography: Marielle Burt
  • Ensemble in a Musical: Christophe Jelinski, Thomas Kelty & Marshall Downing
  • Featured Actress in a Musical: Nancy Pruett
  • Supporting Actor in a Musical: Jack Posey
  • Lead Actor in a Musical: Alex Stone
  • Song: “Don’t Break the Rules”
  • Best Musical: Entire Cast & Crew of Catch Me If You Can

Lucas Lotta wins international award in professional competition for video he created

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Posted on May 6, 2014 by

Our very own Lucas Lotta entered one of his animations, entitled 4 Forces of Nature – Drone War, into a professional competition, Hermes Creative Awards, and he won 2nd place worldwide for the Video/Other category. This is a tremendous accomplishment and honor.

According to their website, “Hermes Creative Awards is an international competition for creative professionals involved in the concept, writing and design of traditional materials and programs, and emerging technologies. Entries come from corporate marketing and communication departments, advertising agencies, PR firms, graphic design shops, production companies, web and digital creators and freelancers.  The competition has grown to one of the largest of its kind in the world. A look at the winners shows a range in size from individual communicators to media conglomerates and Fortune 500 companies.  The competition is so well thought of in the industry that national public relations organizations, local ad clubs, and local business communicator chapters are entrants.”

Congratulations to Lucas!

McLean’s bands, choirs and orchestras: WorldStrides Heritage Festival of Music Grand Champions

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Posted on March 31, 2014 by

Our performing arts department did an amazing job at the WorldStrides Heritage Festival of Music in New York City last week–McLean’s bands, choirs and orchestras were the Festival Grand Champions! The combined efforts of these groups also earned McLean the Overall Department Award for excellence.

Here are the other festival results:

Jazz Ensemble:
Score of 94/100
Gold Superior Rating
Adjudicator’s Award
1st Place in Caption
Outstanding Soloists – James Dong, Ben Epstein, Zack Shochet and Alec Hopkins
Ovation Award to Kimia Zadegan

Concert Band:
Score of 87/100
Gold Superior Rating
1st Place in Class A

Wind Ensemble:
Score of 95/100
Gold Superior Rating
2nd Place in Class AAA
Adjudicator’s Award
Festival of Gold Award

Symphonic Band:
Score of 99/100
Gold Superior Rating
1st Place in Class AAA
Adjudicator’s Award
Festival of Gold Award
Instrumental Grand Champion

Concert & Symphonic Orchestras:
Silver Rating
Top 80th percentile in the WorldStrides/Heritage national rating scale

Chorus:
Three Superior Ratings
Two Excellent Ratings