Celebrate Spring with the Band on the Run 5K!

The weather looks to be perfect for a run or walk through Reston on Saturday!

Join special guests Ken Plum & Ryan McElveen for the Band on the Run 5K Race and Fun Run on Saturday, April 26th at South Lakes HS! Bring your friends and run together, like the Sunrise Valley ES Girls Running Club and the South Lakes HS Ice Hockey Team!

Register online before 8 p.m. on Thursday for $5 off adult 5K registration and $3 off Fun Run registration - students pay the same low price online and on race day. Walk in registrations accepted on race day - please arrive by 8 a.m.

Click here for more details on the race and/or to register.

Proceeds from the race will be used to benefit the South Lakes band program.

Thanks for Making the Jewelry Raffle Fundraiser a Success!

Congratulations to Arja Sahramaa, winner of the .5 karat diamond necklace, custom-designed and donated by Aspen Jewelry Designs! As a former band parent and booster board member, Arja is a longtime supporter of the Langston Hughes and South Lakes bands, and we are delighted that she is our raffle winner! Thank you to all who purchased tickets, and special thanks to Aspen Jewelry Designs for their continued support of music in the South Lakes Pyramid!

Congratulations 2014 All State & All District Honorees!

Congratulations to our South Lakes HS band members who earned Virginia All State Band/Orchestra honors! Three Seahawk band members earned All Virginia Honors based on competitive audition, and will perform at the 2014 All Virginia Band & Orchestra Event to be held on the campus of Virginia Tech on April 3-5: 

Alex Arshadi - Principal Percussionist

Joel Ladwig - Alternate, Contra-Bass Clarinet

Dylan Reiser - Flute

In addition, fourteen students from South Lakes HS earned All District Band Honors for Virginia Band & Orchestra Directors Association (VBODA) District 12. Places in the All District Bands were awarded to the following students based on competitive audition:

Alex Arshadi (Junior, Percussion)

Kat Edmiston (Sophomore, Bass Clarinet)

Samantha Gifford (Junior, Trombone)

Anna Gosling (Senior, Baritone)

Joel Ladwig (Senior, Contra-Bass Clarinet)

Ellen Lee (Senior, Clarinet)

Jacob Loehr (Junior, Trumpet)

Mason Moy (Freshman, Tuba)

Max Onozuka (Sophomore, Clarinet)

Gary Quaresima (Freshman, French Horn)

Dylan Reiser (Senior, Flute)

Sean Bermingham (Junior, Percussion), Rafi Goldsmith (Junior, Percussion) and Brendan Martin (Senior, Baritone) earned alternate positions. 

The South Lakes representatives joined students from public and private high schools in Arlington and Fairfax Counties for the All District Band event at Oakton High School on January 30th though February 1st. The event culminated with a concert on Saturday, February 1st.

Congratulations Seahawks!

Immediate Opening for Color Guard Instructor

The South Lakes HS Band is currently seeking a color guard instructor for the 2014 Marching Season and 2015 Indoor Season.

Any interested person should contact Grayson Fore at GFore@fcps.edu to discuss responsibilities, schedule and pay scale.



Thank You Donors!

The South Lakes bands would like to thank the residents of our South Lakes boundary area for your generous support of the bands during our Tag Day fundraiser in September! We would also like to thank all the generous donors who support us throughout the year, including individual donors, as well as the local businesses who support us!

Donations are used to purchase instruments (many of the band's instruments are over 30 years old and beyond repair) and make the band experience possible for students who do not have the financial means to participate in band. It's always a goof time to support the band - donations are always needed! Click the Donate button to the right to make a secure, tax-deductible donation through Paypal. Donations may also be mailed to us at

South Lakes HS Band Boosters

PO Box 8561

Reston, VA 20195-8561 

Thank you, again, for your support! 



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