Welcome to Band!

Great Bridge Middle School is located in Chesapeake, Virginia, one of the five cities which comprise the south side Hampton Roads area. It is one of ten middle schools in our city and has an enrollment of approximately 1250 students in grades six through eight. After eighth grade, students continue their education at Great Bridge High School or Grassfield High School.

Beginning Band Information:

Deciding to join the Great Bridge Band is not just a choice about Band, but rather a choice based on what group of people will become your peers. Although many see Band as a class on learning to play an instrument, it is much more than that. It is the development of a family of friends that often lasts a lifetime. It is also the establishment of some rather profound environmental influences which will determine much of a child’s success in all aspects of education, not just Band.

Through years of extensive research we know that music students represent the top of the academic scale in our schools. We know they are averaging significantly higher scores on SAT tests, which would indicate they are stronger in verbal and math skills than other members of the student body. Current research confirms the study of music is one of the most effective tools to improve learning throughout a child’s academic curriculum. We also know that band students are the ones who enjoy successful high school careers, go on to college, and become leaders in our society. Band truly is a preparation for life!

For further information, please email Mike Oare or Eric Graybill.