Blue Ribbon Award

VMEA Blue Ribbon Award

The VMEA Blue Ribbon Award is the highest award given to schools music programs in the Commonwealth of Virginia and recognizes that achieve excellence in Band, Orchestra, and Choral Performance.

All disciplines in a school must receive a rating of "Superior" at assessment to qualify for this award.

Application submission is closed for the 2017-2018 School Year

Application

All schools must complete the Online Declaration Form which designates the top performing group of the genre.  This must be one of the groups performing the highest grade of literature.

The Online Form must be submitted to the VMEA office by February 15th. Those received after this date will not be eligible for the award. The form will be deleted from the VMEA website at 12 O'clock midnight on the 15th of February.

Recognition

The recognition will consist of a certificate and cover letter of congratulations mailed to the Principal of the school.  

Eligible schools may obtain the Blue Ribbon Pin for individual students as listed at the top of this page.

Blue Ribbon Award Medals may be ordered from the Bale Company.

Evaluation Criteria

Superior performance as evidenced by the district festival rating from each of the top performing groups of each ensemble course taught at the school (band, choir, and orchestra).

In order to be considered for the Blue Ribbon Award the top performing groups MUST perform two pieces from approved graded music lists (Band and Orchestra from the VBODA manual, Choirs from the Virginia, New York or Texas lists), not to include the warm-up selection.  When performing music of two different grade levels the group will be classified at the lower grade level of music.

All groups must sight read or sight sing to be eligible for this award at the District Performance Assessment.  Bands and Orchestras must select Option 1 as listed in the VBODA Manual.

Note: All top eligible performing groups must receive a final Superior rating at VMEA District Concert Performance Assessment. Multi-school combined ensembles are not eligible as an individual school's representative ensemble for this award.

Past Recipients

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Albemarle HS Albemarle County x         x   x x x x x x x x x
Alleghany HS Covington         x                          
Annandale HS Annandale x   x   x x x x x   x x   x       x
Appomattox Reg. Gov. School Petersburg                               x  x
Aylor, Robert E. MS Stephens City                             x x  
Azalea Gardens MS Norfolk                   x                
Bailey Bridge Middle School Midlothian         x     x x                  
Battlefield HS Harmarket           x x x x x         x  
Battlefield MS Fredericksburg                 x x                
Belmont Ridge MS Leesburg                     x  x          
Benton Middle School Manassas           x x x              
Bethel HS Hampton   x  
Blacksburg High School Blacksburg       x   x x     x     x x x
Blacksburg Middle School Christiansburg       x   x x x x   x     x x x  
Bonner, O.T. MS Danville  x                                  
Brandon Middle School Virginia Beach         x x     x                  
Brentsville District HS Nokesville                               x    
Briar Woods HS Ashburn                          x       x  
Broadway HS Broadway                   x x     x   x x
Broad Run HS Ashburn   x x
Brooke Point H S Stafford Co x x x x x   x       x         x    
Brookville High School Lynchburg                     x x         x x
Brookville Middle School Lynchburg             x x x   x       x  
Bruton H S Wmsburg-James City x                                  
Buford M S Charlottesville City   x   x         x                  
Bull Run Middle School Gainesville           x       x              
Byrd, Admiral Richard E MS Winchester   x  
Carson, Rachel MS Herndon  x x    x      x  x  x  x  x  x x x x    
Carver G.W. MS Chester   x                                
Central High School Woodstock               x                 x x
Centreville H S Clifton       x                   x   x    
Champe, John H S Aldie                               x x
Chancellor H S Fredericksburg x   x               x   x   x x  
Chantilly H S Chantilly x   x x   x         x             x
Charles City High School Charles City                 x x                
Charlottesville Catholic S Charlottesville                   x              
Charlottesville H S Charlottesville   x x x   x   x x x     x     x x
Chickahominy MS Mechanicsville                         x       x
Christiansburg High School Christiansburg             x   x x x         x   x
Clover Hill High School Midlothian       x     x x x x x x x   x
Colgan, Charles HS Manassas   x x
Colonial Forge H S Stafford Co   x x x x x x x x x x   x   x x x
Colonial Heights HS Colonial Heights                                  
Colonial Heights MS Colonial Heights                           x   x
Corporate Landing MS Virginia Beach              x   x x         x x x
Cosby HS Midlothian                             x x x
Courtland High School Spotsylvania             x             x        
Cox Frank W HS Virginia Beach       x    x      x    x   x       x
Crestwood Middle School Chesapeake        x                            
Culpeper County HS Culpeper              x  x  x   x              
Culpeper MS Culpeper                               x  
Dale, Thomas High School Chester           x   x  x x    x  x x     x  
Davis, Elizabeth MS Chester                                  
Deep Creek High School Chesapeake x   x                              
Deep Run High School Glen Allen             x x x x x x x x  
Dominion HS Sterling                               x   x
Eastern View HS Culpeper Co                     x       x x x
Edison, Thomas A HS Fairfax Co       x         x                  
Elko Middle School Sandston                   x                
Fairfax HS Fairfax Co                 x   x            
Falls Church HS Fairfax Co           x   x x x             x x
Fauquier High School Warrenton   x   x                            
First Colonial HS Virginia Beach City                 x                  
Forest Park High School Woodbridge   x   x x x x x   x       x     x
Franklin MS Chantilly           x x x x x                
Freedom HS South Riding   x x
Freedom MS Fredericksburg             x     x x  x x   x x x
Freeman, Douglas High School Henrico                             x   x
Frost, Robert Middle School Fairfax  x                  x  x  x   x x x
Gainesville MS Gainesville                   x       x x x
Gar-Field HS Woodbridge x x x x x                          
Gildersleeve MS Newport News                           x        
Glasgow MS Alexandria           x       x             x  
Glass E.C. HS Lynchburg                x   x  x       x x  
Glenn Allen HS Glen Allen                               x x
Gloucester High School Gloucester                 x   x              
Godwin, Mills High School Richmond            x                        
Grafton Middle School Yorktown               x x x x             x
Grafton High School Yorktown             x   x x x     x  
Granby High School Norfolk           x                       x
Grassfield HS Chesapeake                               x    
Great Bridge High School  Chesapeake   x           x   x                
Great Bridge Middle School Chesapeake x x x         x   x                
Great Neck MS Virginia Beach              x x x x         x x x
Hanover HS Mechanicsville   x  
Harrisonburg High School Harrisonburg                 x x x x x x x
Hayfield HS Alexandria x           x          x  x x   x    
Hayfield MS Alexandria x     x             x            
Henry, Patrick H S Glade Spring            x  x       x     x     x  
Hermitage High School Henrico   x                                
Herndon HS Hernbdon               x   x x             x
Herndon MS Herndon                   x                
Hickory High School Chesapeake x           x   x x           x    
Hickory Middle School Chesapeake     x x x x                        
Hines Middle School Newport News x                                  
Holmes MS Alexandria   x   x   x                   x    
Hopewell HS Hopewell   x  
Hylton C.D. High School Woodsbridge    x      x  x                        
Independence Middle School Virginia Beach             x                      
Irving, Washington MS Springfield                               x x
Jackson, Luther MS Falls Church                    x x x x   x   x
Jackson, Stonewall HS Manassas   x x x
Jackson, Stonewall MS Mechanicsville                                  
James River High School Midlothian         x x     x             x x  
Jamestown HS Williamsburg         x                          
Jefferson Forest HS Forest                     x          
Jefferson, Thomas HSST Alexandria                  x                  
Jolliff Middle School Chesapeake           x x                      
Kemps Landing Magnet S Virginia Beach           x x   x x x  x x x x
Kempsville HS Virginia Beach           x x       x              
Kempsville MS Virginia Beach             x   x x x             x
Kettle Run HS Nokesville                           x x x x
Key, Francis Scott MS Springfield                               x    
Kilmer MS Vienna        x        x x x       x x x x
King George High School King George                       x   x     x
King George Middle School King George           x                        
King William HS King William                   x                
Lake Braddock HS Burke x x x         x   x x x   x x
Lake Braddock MS Burke       x       x x     x x x x
Landstown High School Virginia Beach       x                            
Landstown MS Virginia Beach                               x x  
Lanier MS Fairfax Co                 x   x     x     x x
Langley HS McLean         x x       x x  x x x x
Langston, Hughes MS Reston                                  
Lee, Robert E. HS Springfield         x x      x                  
Liberty HS Bealeton     x                              
Liberty MS Ashland     x             x x              
Liberty MS Clifton             x x   x x              
Longfellow MS Falls Church           x x x                    
Loudoun County HS Leesburg               x     x  x           x
Lunsford, J. Michael MS Chantilly                             x x x
Madison, James HS Vienna    x          x    x x x x x x x
Manchester HS Midlothian                   x         x    
Manchester MS Richmond x                                  
Manassas Park High School Manassas Park               x                 x  
Marshall, George C High School Falls Church                    x  x       x x x
Marshall Middle School The Plains             x                 x    
Marsteller MS Bristow                     x         x x
Mason George HS Falls Church    x  x  x    x  x      x                
Massaponax HS Fredericksburg   x                               x
Matoaca HS Chesterfield   x x
Menchville HS Newport News                             x x  
Midlothian High School Midlothian x x     x x   x   x           x x
Midlothian Middle School Midlothian     x                     x        
Millbrook High School Winchester           x x x   x x  x   x x x
Monacan High School Richmond               x   x x     x   x x  
Monroe, James HS Fredericksburg           x   x x   x  x         x x
Moody, George H. MS Henrico   x x
Morgan, Daniel MS Winchester   x x
Mountain View HS Stafford Co           x   x x   x  x   x   x x x
Norcom, I.C. HS Portsmouth  x                                  
North Stafford HS Stafford Co         x       x x                
Northside Middle School Norfolk x                                  
Oak Knoll Middle School Mechanicsville       x                            
Oakton HS Vienna x x   x       x x x x   x x x x
Ocean Lakes HS Virginia Beach                   x x         x   x
Orange County HS Orange                     x    x x   x    
Osbourn Park High School Manassas         x x                       x
Page MS Gloucester   x
Patriot HS Nokesville                       x  x x x x x
Plaza MS Virginia Beach             x x        x  x x x x x
Poe, Edgar Allan MS Annandale     x x   x                   x   x
Pocahontus MS Powhatan                                  
Poquoson High School Poquoson   x                                
Poquoson Middle School Poquoson x x     x   x                      
Potomac High School Dumfries       x     x       x          
Powhatan HS Powhatan                               x x x
Powhatan MS Powhatan                               x x x
Princess Anne HS Virginia Beach x         x x     x x  x     x  
Princess Anne MS Virginia Beach                               x x  
Prospect Height MS Orange   x
Pulaski County High School Pulaski             x   x                  
Radford High School Radford                 x           x    
Riverbend High School Spotsylvania   x  
Richlands High School Richlands x x x     x     x                  
River Bend Middle School Sterling         x x               x        
Riverside HS Leesburg   x  
Robinson, James W. HS Fairfax Co  x  x  x x    x      x  x  x  x x   x x
Robinson, James W. MS Fairfax Co x  x  x  x  x  x    x x   x x  x x   x x x
Robious Middle School Midlothian           x                     x  
Rock Ridge HS Ashburn                               x x x
Rocky Run MS Chantilly                                 x
Salem High School Salem                             x x  
Salem High School Virginia Beach   x                                
Salem Middle School Virginia Beach                 x x         x   x
Salem Church Middle School Richmond         x                          
Sandburg Carl Middle School Alexandria      x  x        x  x  x         x x  
Saunders Middle School Manassas         x   x                      
Sherando High School Stephens City x x   x x x         x   x x x  
Simpson, J. Lupton Middle School Leesburg                        x         x  
Smarts MS Leesburg   x  
Smith, Oscar High School Chesapeake                x                    
South Lakes HS Reston                 x   x         x  
South County MS Lorton                           x x x x
Spartley MS Hampton                               x x  
Spotswood High School Penn Laird               x   x                
Spotsylvania HS Spotsylvania                          x x x   x
Stafford HS Falmouth       x       x   x       x   x
Stone Hill MS Ashburn                         x x x  
Stuart, J.E.B. HS Falls Church      x      x    x  x                
Tabb HS Yorktown                     x             x
Tallwood HS Virginia Beach                   x x            
Taylor, William C. MS Warrenton            x                        
Tazewell High School Tazewell       x                            
Thoreau MS Vienna x x     x               x       x  
Thornburg Middle School Spotsylvania                 x               x  
Tuckahoe Middle School Richmond                           x       x
Tucker, J.R. High School Henrico                      x  x   x        
Turner Ashby HS Bridgewater                               x x  
Twain, Mark Middle School Alexandria        x  x      x x             x x
Virginia Middle School Bristol             x   x                  
Virginia High School Bristol       x     x   x             x   x
Warhill HS Williamsburg                     x           x  
Warrenton Middle School Warrenton             x                      
Washington, George HS Danville                               x    
Washington, George MS Alexandria                x    x x    x        
Washington-Lee High School Arlington             x       x         x    
West Potomac HS Alexandria x x x x x     x x                
West Springfield HS Springfield     x x x x x x x       x x x x x
Western Branch High School Chesapeake x         x x x x                  
Western Branch Middle School Chesapeake     x                              
Westfield HS Chantilly   x x x       x x x                
Williams, TC High School Alexandria                        x  x x   x x x
Wood, James Middle School Winchester           x                        
Wood, James High School Winchester          x                          
Woodbridge Sr. High School Woodbridge x x x x x     x x         x     x x
Woodside High School Newport News x                                 x
Woodson, W.T. High School Fairfax              x    x  x  x        x x x x
Wright, A.G. Middle School Stafford          x            x             x
Wythe, George HS Wytheville   x
Yorktown HS Arlington                         x          
Totals:   33 31 26 40 30 49 47 51 55 66 60 42 53 51 61 75 94 89

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