Marching Band is an active, competitive, and friendly campus group that is open to all MVHS students. This award-winning program has three components--Marching Band (MB), Color Guard (CG), and Drum Line (DL). Freshman receive Fine Arts credit and Sophomores through Seniors can choose either a Fine Arts or PE credit.
The Marching Band season kicks off with camp in late July/August and continues through the fall. The band competes in 3-5 competitions in Northern California, performs at home football games and pep rallies, and participates in various other events throughout the season. For a complete overview of the Marching Band, click on the FAQs link.
MONTE VISTA MARCHING BAND
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STAFF AND COACHES
Staff and coaches for the 2019-20 Marching Band season include the following:
Ed Cloyd, Music Director -
Brittany DePiazza, Color Guard Coach -
Nicola Bezuidenhout, Drum Major: Kenneth Knott, Drum Major: firstname.lastname@example.org
Weekly email bulletins provide information on upcoming competitions, practices, etc. If you're not receiving these regular bulletins, email to be added to the distribution list. LIKE our Keynoters FaceBook page to get news FAST! Great way to stay in the loop, get calendar reminders of Marching Band events, and see great photos and videos!
The Marching Band program is funded 100% from participation donations from families and some student fundraising. Participation donations cover coaching fees, music, uniforms, instrument purchase and repair, bus transportation, and competition entry fees. Suggested participation donation amounts are based on how much it actually costs to operate the Marching Band program each year.
For the 2019-20 school year, we request $700 from each family to sustain our program.
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.
Parent support is an integral part of Marching Band and we depend on the help of each of our families. Watch for regular email and SignUpGenuis requests for how you can help and support your student, such as:
Drive equipment truck
Load and unload equipment truck
Chaperone students to and from competitions
Help move instruments at competition
Assist in uniform fitting
Click on the arrow to play a video from the 2017-18 Marching Band season. Check back throughout the season for videos of recent performances.
Include an inspirational message for your student in the 2019-2020 Game Day Football Program!
Practices are scheduled Mondays 3:30-6:00pm, Wednesdays 5:30-8:30pm, and frequent Saturdays during the fall. Drumline and Color Guard have an additional practice on Thursdays 5:30-8:30pm. All practices are held at Monte Vista High School unless otherwise noted. Watch for weekly email updates and postings on our Facebook page for last-minute schedule changes. Access the complete calendar for Instrumental Music by clicking on the tab at the top of this page.
FAMILY POTLUCK AND SHOWCASE
Learn more about Marching Band and Color Guard, meet other parents and learn how to get involved to support your student. Following our potluck, enjoy a special showcase performance led by our director, Ed Cloyd. Prepare to be amazed at what our musicians and color guard can accomplish in just two short weeks!
Bring your lawn/camping chairs and/or picnic blankets and meet outside in front of Student Union. Keynoters will provide dinner. Watch for a SignUpGenius email to provide potluck items, e.g., salads, drinks, desserts and condiments, and to volunteer for set up, cooking, serving and clean up.
UNIFORMS AND FITTING DAY
Our Keynoters booster group funds uniforms for all Marching Band and Color Guard students. (Families are required to provide shoes.) Click on the Marching Band FAQS tab at the top of this page to find out what a plume is and to learn about all the other pieces of a Marching Band uniform--there are many!
A UNIFORM FITTING DAY is scheduled at MVHS to fit students with uniforms and to teach them how to care for uniforms during the season so they remain clean and pressed and may be used the following year. Drop-in fitting times are scheduled separately for girls and boys. ALL STUDENTS (except Color Guard) are required to attend! Watch for an email on dates/times for the current season.
Students should wear clothing similar to what they wear underneath their uniform during performances and that requires a minimal amount of undressing. Students change in the band room so please dress accordingly.
snug-fitting black t-shirt
light colored t-shirts
jeans or denim