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What is Tag Day?

          Good question!  Basically it’s a fundraiser, in perhaps the most literal sense.

TAG DAY is done by virtually all high school bands — and various athletic teams — in the northern Virginia area.  It is a day where our band students, with instruments and flags in hand, walk the neighborhoods throughout Rock Ridge High School areas of Ashburn.  They knock on doors and collect straight-up donations for the band program.  The neighborhoods are pretty receptive to this, especially when our kids play them a tune or two or when they just hear the festivities coming down the street…We leave each house with a schedule and a informational flyer regarding our programs for the upcoming fall. 


           This happens on a Saturday in the early fall.  It takes all day, but we typically split the day up into two shifts (morning and afternoons).  In between, lunch is served at the school.


            What we need from students is your enthusiasm and spend the day with two or three of your bandmates.  What we need from our parents is drivers for the various neighborhoods — yes, if your student wants you, you can be their driver with their friends. If not that is ok as well!!!



What is Tag Day? 
All Band members raise money by collecting contributions door-to-door in neighborhoods in the Oakton High School boundary. For safety, student teams go door-to-door asking for tax-deductible donations and turn in money collected to the designated "Host Home" in their area.

Who Should Participate?
All Band members: Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Lab, Marching Band, Drumline, and Color Guard.

Why Do We Need a Tag Day?
Thousands of dollars are needed each year to run a complete band program. Donations from family, friends, and neighbors are needed to buy large instruments, concert tuxedos, purchase music, and do instrument maintenance. In this way, Tag Day supports the entire band program.




This helps meet the gaps in our operational bugdet and allows us to pay for the things we need for the marching and concert seasons, as well as pay top qaulity instructors to work with our students.



  • Wear your band shirt and school colors plus your marching shoes. We will wear our uniforms weather permitting. 

  • Bring water and a jacket -– leave them in the car if you need to.

  • Even though we have “drivers” you don’t ride much!  You walk.  You will get tired. HYDRATE 

  • Take a guardie girl with you -– and their flag, it makes your group very official looking.

  • It’s a long day -– bring accessories.  Get into a rhythm and figure out who is a good “spokesperson”.

  • Have fun!!!

  • Smile.

  • Do not skimp on lunch or Breakfest -– you need to stoke up when you can.

Parent Drivers:

We are looking to have 25 drivers at all times.  That means we can have 25 groups of kids going door to door all day.  Your job as a “driver” really means you shuttle the kids from RRHS to their assigned neighborhood(s) and park near them as they go door to door.  It really makes the kids seem more legitimate.  Either that or the homeowners are checking me out to make sure I’m not scoping THEM out.

In the past I think parents drove all day.   It also seemed like people did not volunteer readily – that’s probably why they had to drive all day. The morning is the most profitable, we need as MANY drivers as possible in the morning please give any time you can. 


  • We will have pizza and water for the students and drivers.

  • Lunch will be served from 12-1pm

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