November 15, 2021

HHS Marching Band "DREAM" season.

Holland High School marching band achieves Division 1 ratings and top scores at highly competitive marching festivals this fall!

The HHS Marching Band placed first in Class A with a score of 84.5 over fierce competitors Wyoming and Kalamazoo Central High School Marching Bands. In addition, out of all 13 scholastic-level marching bands competing at Jenison High School, Holland High’s score was the third highest that day. Never just settling for first place in their classification, the HHS Marching Band also received three out of the four caption awards up for grabs that day, including “Best Music”, “Best Marching”, and “Best Percussion”. 

The Jenison competition was not the HHS Marching Band’s first experience winning big this season! Previously, at the Grandville High School Marching Band Invitational on Saturday, October 9th, 2021, the band won first place in Class A scholastic competition, receiving caption awards for “Best Marching” and “Best Percussion”. Earlier in the season, on Oct. 2nd, at their first competition of the year, the band got its feet wet by diving into 3rd place out of six very competitive high school marching bands at the Hastings High School Marching Band Invitational. 

Outside of the Scholastic competitive band world, the HHS Marching Band participated in the Michigan School Band & Orchestra Association’s District X Marching Band Festival on Tuesday, October 12th, 2021, achieving at the highest level, receiving a Division I “Superior” Rating.

While the Holland High School Marching Band has participated in MSBOA District Marching Festival for several years, the organization only recently became competitive back in 2019, receiving first place in Class A at the Allendale Falcons High School Marching Band Invitational. 2021 marks the first fully competitive season the HHS Marching Band has undertaken in the history of the program, resulting in much success!

Achieving Division 1 ratings and top scores at highly competitive marching festivals does not come without significant monetary investment. If you would like to make a financial contribution In order to continue the tradition of unprecedented excellence in the HHS Marching Band Program, please contact Director of Bands, Bethany Van Oss at

Thank you to HPS Central Administration as well as HHS Administration for allowing the Holland High School Marching Band to compete and do what we love in these uncertain times. Also, thank you to the HPS Transportation Department and those in HPS administration who organized and facilitated safe transportation for the HHS Marching Band as well as the bus drivers who gave of their time in the early morning, late evening, and on weekends. Also, thanks to the parent and guardian volunteers who gave of their time and efforts to ensure props and equipment were set up and that students and staff were fed before and after competitions. In addition, an immense amount of thanks goes to the writers and staff members of the HHS Marching Band who gave selflessly of their time and talents in order to create a phenomenal show as well as a welcoming and nurturing environment for the HHS Band students while maintaining the highest of expectations at all times. Lastly, a sincere thank you to the students of the HHS Marching Band. You all rose to the occasion and proved that diligence, dedication, determination, and positivity go a very long way in helping each other reach collective goals and a common vision.