Marching band performs in competition at several sites each year, both in state and out-of-state. In addition, the marching band performs at home league and play-off football games. After marching season, the concert season begins. Concert band is where musical skills are heightened. Pep band is part of this season. Several concerts are presented in addition to the band performing for other schools. Pep band performs for home, league basketball games. In addition, the concert band performs for graduation at the end of the year. Band is a performance-based class and attendance is required at all band functions and rehearsals. Marching Band will have required extra practice times including 7:00 AM daily rehearsals through the marching season.
The Monte Vista High School color guard is an auxiliary to the MVHS marching band. Tryouts for this precision drill team are held in the spring, prior to the upcoming year. Members of the color guard are required to perform in the concert band during after marching season. Color guard members must be present at all band functions and rehearsals. Color guard is a performance-based class and attendance is mandatory. Extra rehearsals may be required during the season and attendance is mandatory. This course meets the fine arts requirement for graduation.
PREREQUISITE: Ability to play a wind or percussion instrument/Spring Tryouts for Color Guard
Jazz Band performs standard jazz, jazz-rock, and rock music. Students will learn jazz improvisation techniques. The jazz band will attend at least one jazz festival each year in addition to performing in several concerts, both at home and at other schools. Jazz Band is a performance-based class and attendance is required at all performances and rehearsals.
PREREQUISITE: Director’s approval as well as ability to play a jazz band instrument. Must be a member of concert band.