Monte Vista High School offers the following Instrumental Music classes as part
of its academic curriculum under the direction of Ed Cloyd.


Events and expenses are funded by Keynoters through parent donations and fundraising - see FUNDING tab

Symphonic Band -The focus of this class is a continuation of intermediate/advanced instrumental techniques using a wide spectrum of intermediate/advanced wind band literature. This class includes a more in-depth
study of musical elements, historical and cultural context, and connections to other disciplines.
Anticipated annual events for this class:
- Winter Concert
- Large Ensemble Festival*
- Spring Concert
- Graduation Ceremony Performance


*Offsite event; expenses covered by requested annual donation.
 
Wind Ensemble - Requires audition or consent of instructor and previous music experience on a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument or students developing a second instrument. The focus of this class is a continuation of advanced instrumental techniques using a wide spectrum of advanced wind ensemble literature. This class includes an advanced study of musical elements, historical and cultural context, and connections to other disciplines.
Anticipated annual events for this class:
- Winter Concert
- Large Ensemble Festival*
- Area Band Festival
- Music in the Parks*
- Spring Concert
- Graduation Ceremony Performance


*Offsite event; expenses covered by requested annual donation.

 
Orchestra- Open to all students with previous string experience. The focus of this class is to develop instrumental techniques, using a wide spectrum of string band literature. The class includes elements of music theory, historical and cultural context, and connections to other disciplines. A variety of orchestra literature will be covered.
Anticipated annual events for this class:
- Winter Concert

- San Francisco Symphony trip*
- Music in the Parks completion*
- Spring Concert


*Offsite event; expenses covered by requested annual donation.


Jazz Band (B) - An intermediate jazz course that requires successful completion of audition process. Students must have prior experience on a traditional jazz instrument: saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass, electric guitar or drum set. The class includes elements of jazz theory, historical and cultural context, and connections to other disciplines. Introduction and enhancement of improvisation skills and techniques will be covered.
​Anticipated annual events for this class:
- Winter Concert
- Folsom Jazz Festival*
- Woodcreek Jazz Festival*
- Spring Concert
- Jazz Showcase Concert*


*Offsite event; expenses covered by requested annual donation.

Jazz Ensemble (A) - Requires successful completion of audition process.  Class is considered an advanced jazz course and includes advanced elements of jazz theory, historical and cultural context, and connections to other disciplines. Advanced improvisation skills and techniques will be utilized.
Anticipated annual events for this class
- Lincoln Field Show Competition*
- Winter Concert
- Folsom Jazz Festival*
- Woodcreek Jazz Festival*
- Reno Jazz Festival (overnight trip, fee required)
- Spring Concert
- Jazz Showcase Concert*


*Offsite event; expenses covered by requested annual donation.

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC

WEAR CONCERT ATTIRE!

Student musicians are required to wear concert attire for all performances. Click the tab above for concert dress requirements.

 

ARRIVE ON TIME!  

Check your email or the MV Keynoters calendar for student call time (typically 30-60 minutes prior to concert time.)

VOLUNTEER!

These concerts depend on parent volunteerism and all volunteers see the entire concert! Check your email for Signup Genius information on how you can help.

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PROGRAM INFORMATION
PARTICIPATION COSTS

The Instrumental Music program is funded 100% through Keynoters from parent class donations and some student fundraising. Donations cover music, instrument purchase and repair, transportation, and competition entry fees. Suggested parent donation amounts are based on how much it actually costs to operate the Instrumental Music program each year.

 

Class donation amounts are determined each year based on the projected expenses of the program. For this year, the following class donation from each family is requested to sustain the program.

 

Symphonic - $200

Orchestra - $350

Wind Ensemble - $350

Jazz B - $600

Jazz A - $700

For 2021-2022 Budget click HERE

CLASS ROOM PARENTS

Thanks to the following parents for volunteering their time to serve as class parents for our IM groups. Class parents are a liaison between Mr. Cloyd and parents and will communicate important information to parents throughout the year about upcoming performances and events. Please contact them with any questions and thank them for their time the next time you see them!

 

Jazz Ensemble (A): Eon Newquist

Jazz Band (B): Julie Silvers

Wind Ensemble: 

Orchestra: 

Symphonic: Blythe Soria

PARENT VOLUNTEERS

Parent support is an integral part of our program and we depend on the help of each of our families. Watch for regular emails requests for how you can help, such as serving as a classroom parent and/or driving students to/from competitions and chaperoning. Note that the SRVUSD requires all parents be registered in order to volunteer. click here for more information.

PHOTOS AND VIDEOS

PHOTO DAY is scheduled at MVHS to take individual and group photos of students. ALL STUDENTS are required to attend! Watch for an email on dates and times for the current season.

COMMUNICATION

Email bulletins provide information on upcoming competitions, practices, etc. If you're not receiving these regular bulletins, email president@mvkeynoters.org to be added to the distribution list. LIKE our Keynoters FaceBook page to get news and calendar changes FAST, stay in the loop, and see great photos and videos! 

CONCERTS AND PERFORMANCES

WINTER CONCERTS - Dec. 11 and 13

MVHS Theater

Two evening concerts in December that feature performances by all Instrumental Music groups. Performances last approximately two hours and include an intermission where refreshments are available for purchase. 

 

CONCERT 1: DECEMBER 11 - Enjoy performances by the Orchestra, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble.

  

 

CONCERT 2: DECEMBER 13 - Enjoy performances by Jazz A and B.

AREA BAND FESTIVAL - March

MVHS Large Gym

A District-wide performance at Monte Vista that starts with a energetic performance by the MVHS Drum Line and debuts our young musicians from local elementary and middle schools in the San Ramon Valley School District. Stay through to the end for a finale from the Monte Vista Orchestra. Donations at the door for admission are gratefully accepted. Refreshments are available for purchase. Families, friends, and fellow students are welcome!

JAZZ COMPETITIONS - TBD

Northern California

Our two Jazz bands compete regularly throughout the school year in various Northern California locations, including Sacramento, Stockton, Folsom, and Reno (typically an overnight trip). Our fabulous musicians perform at competitions, participate in feedback workshops from professional musicians and judges, and often bring home awards. Join us a chaperone or drive on your own for some great jazz music. See the MV Keynoters calendar for performance dates and details.

JAZZ SHOWCASE - May

MVHS Theater

This performance features our final jazz performance by both Jazz Bands. This evening concert often includes our young musicians from local middle schools that feed into MVHS--Stone Valley, Los Cerros, and Diablo Valley. Following the middle school performances, our Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band perform a variety of jazz pieces they have perfected over the school year. Friends, families, and fellow students of our middle and high school musicians are invited to enjoy this evening of jazz music. 

SPRING CONCERT - May

Monte Vista High School

Our final performance in May at MVHS features Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Symphonic Band. This is a nice culmination of music our students have perfected throughout the year and an opportunity for Mr. Cloyd to recognize our graduating Seniors. Friends, families, and fellow students are welcome.

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