Attention Band Families from TMS, Margarita, Day, and beyond…

TVHS Band & Color Guard Needs YOU!

It’s never too early to start thinking about your high school band career — and we have a variety of events especially for you!

We are an award-winning marching band made up of student athletes, musicians, and visual artists. We work hard, we drill hard, we play hard. We are a creative, academic bunch, and we’d love for you to join us at events this year and, later, as a freshman (and beyond!).

What We Do

We’re busy year-round — and we love every minute of it. Here’s a brief snapshot:

  • Band Camp — 2 weeks of intense training, led by world-class coaches like James Gow, actively involved with the Blue Devils. Overheard at band camp, “This is better than Netflix.” Those are powerful words in a technology-focused world. Incoming freshmen band and color guard students need to attend band camp this summer! Please subscribe to our newsletter for updates.
  • Marching Tournaments — We compete throughout Southern California and have consistently made it to the championships.
  • Football Games (home games) — We’re the pep band, helping the cheer squad in supporting our Golden Bears football team.
  • Community Events — We march in the Christmas parade and participate in various community events.
  • Winter Drum Line and Winter Guard — An optional program open to all band and guard students in the winter.
  • Concert Season — In spring, we switch gears, dust off the gowns and tuxedos, and focus on concerts. We also host the SCSBOA festival.
  • NEW — Monday Master Class — Professional musicians (one brass coach and one woodwind coach) provide group instruction after school. Open to middle school band students. $10 per month fee grants YOU access to this incredible opportunity.
  • NEW — Middle School Color Guard Team — We started a new collaboration this spring.

Incoming Freshmen Questions

Does my student have to do marching band?

A student must march in order to receive PE credit. Students who take a music course but do not march will not receive PE credits. Students who do not march do not travel with the ensemble and tend to feel left out.

How much does band cost?

We rely entirely on the financial contributions and fundraising efforts of the band families. As a guideline, it costs our program approximately $400 to support each student.

Can my student take 4 years of band and graduate or get into top universities?

Yes. Below is a 4-year plan that allows a student to take band for 4 years as well as maintain the most rigorous academic schedule that TVHS has to offer.

9th Grade

  1. 1010 English 9
  2. 2711/2712 PE
  3. Science (usually Biology)
  4. Math (Algebra 1 or Geometry)
  5. Band Class (Intermediate or Percussion)
  6. Elective (often language)

10th Grade

  1. English 10 (or pre-AP)
  2. Band Class (PE credit given)
  3. Math
  4. World History or AP History
  5. Science
  6. Elective (often language)

11th Grade

  1. English or AP English
  2. US History or AP History
  3. Math
  4. Band Class
  5. Elective (often language)
  6. Elective (3rd year of science)

12th Grade

  1. English or AP English
  2. Government / Economics
  3. Band Class
  4. Elective (Math)
  5. Elective (Science)
  6. Elective (AP Economics or AP Government)

How much time is required for marching band?

Marching band rehearses Mondays from 2:30-4 pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30-6 pm and Saturdays from 9am-12 pm. The marching band performs at all home football games (usually 5 per season), as well as in competitions every Saturday in October and November.

Will my student’s academics suffer due to such a large time commitment?

Actually, the average GPA for our 9th graders in marching band was 3.42. Within that 9th grade class, 25% of our students earned a 4.0 during the marching season. In fact, 52% of our marching 9th graders earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher during marching season. The time commitment required for marching band actually helps students to learn to manage and prioritize their time outside of school.

TVHS Band Events Open to Middle School Band Students

Winter Programs for Middle School Students

Our Winter Programs for Middle School Students 2017:

  • Middle school color guard program — This is a brand-new program where our coach and color guard students will introduce you to an exciting and graceful sport. More information is included on this page. Please explore this page and feel free to contact our coach, Bobbi Cadena, with any questions you may have about the program.
  • Middle school master class for brass and woodwind students — We are thrilled to open our master class to middle school students. These master classes are led by distinguished, professional musicians. You’ll sit alongside TVHS band students as we work on our technique and learn the nuances of our instruments. More information is provided below. Please read more.

Please download, print, and fill out the forms below. Bring signed copies to the first clinic.

2017 – 2018 pending…

The TVHS Band Room (Rm 1705) is located between the football stadium and the theater. Parents should use the gated parking lot (Lot B) off of Rancho Vista Rd to drop off their students. Signs will be posted up to help direct students to the room.

Why Join Our Middle School Color Guard Program? Why Now?

Get a jumpstart on your high school career by teaming with us! Not only is color guard a beautiful performing art, it is also an athletic endeavor. You’ll learn basic color guard techniques, work with our coaching staff, perform alongside our high school color guard students, and form friendships with other like-minded students.

Monday Music Master Classes – Open to Middle School Band Students!

SPRING SEMESTER: Music Master Classes at TVHS

Our brass coach is a former band director, drum corps director, and Blue Devils member and will be working with our musicians to continue to develop the brass specific techniques and skills of our brass players. Our woodwind coach is a professional woodwind player, band director, and private woodwind teacher.

We are thrilled to bring the talents, gifts, and wealth of knowledge of these professionals into our program!

  • Cost is just $10 per month! Most private teachers charge upwards of $25 for a 30 minute lesson! That’s $50+ per hour. Our students will be getting small group, instrument-specific instruction for a fraction of that cost!
  • Classes run from 2:30 to 4:00pm each Monday. Middle schoolers, we understand your school gets out a little later. Please try to arrive by 3:00pm if possible.

In addition to instrument-specific instruction, you’ll work with TVHS band students — your future bandmates — and Mrs. Thomas — your future band director.

Parents, you can pay online via PayPal or send your student with cash or a check to place in our booster box. Music master classes are offered in the spring semester in the TVHS Band Room (room 1705).

Learn More

Thank you for considering joining us. Please explore our website to learn more, like us on Facebook, and contact us if you’d like to join.

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