Honor Band

HB_adSave the date: The 2017 District Honor Band Concert is Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 at 5:00 pm
Location: Chula Vista High School – Jack Tygett Performing Arts Center (820 Fourth Avenue, Chula Vista, CA 91911) General Admission is $5 at the door.

Featuring the finest Middle & High School Honor Band Students. Auditions will be held Saturday, December 9th, 2017 and are open to all SUHSD band students.  The best players will be selected to rehearse and perform under the direction of two special guest conductors for an enriching musical experience. 

Event Manager: Mr. Eric Mabrey, Band Director at Olympian High School.

AUDITIONS  are Saturday, December 9th from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm. Audition times are posted HERE. Location: Chula Vista High School – Little Theatre (820 Fourth Avenue, Chula Vista, CA 91911) Audition time request deadline was November 20th, 2017.

Honor Concert Band
Honor Symphonic Band

AUDITION APPLICATION (Bring this with you to the audition with the three necessary signatures)
Honor Concert Band Application (intermediate level band students)
Honor Symphonic Band Applications (advanced level band students)

The two levels of Honor Band are designed for two levels of participants.  More advanced players should be auditioning for the Honor Symphonic Band and will not be allowed to audition for the Concert Band.  Students with less experience (2-3 years) should audition for the Honor Concert Band, but may audition for the Symphonic Band if they are of a more advanced level.

Audition Notice flyer here


District Scene and Monologue Festival

The 2nd Annual District Scene and Monologue Festival is Saturday, January 27th, 2018 from 9AM – 3PM open to SUHSD Drama students. Location: Chula Vista High School Jack Tygett Performing Arts Center (820 Fourth Avenue, Chula Vista, CA 91911)

Featuring workshops, dramatic & comedic scenes and monologues adjudicated by professionals. Hosted by Chula Vista High and San Ysidro High Drama Departments.

Come join us to show off your talents, meet other dedicated drama students, and learn vital acting skills in fun professionally-taught workshops. Cost is $12 per student, includes lunch.

Festival Letter and Schedule
Entry form

Registration deadline is Friday, January 19, 2018. Drama teachers, please send registration forms and payments via US Mail or district mail to Sharon Maley, Chula Vista High School, 820 Fourth Ave., Chula Vista, CA 91911 (or drop off at the CVH office by 3pm on January 19) Please make checks payable to CVHS ASB (memo:Drama) For questions, please contact Sharon Maley at Sharon.Maley@sweetwaterschools.org or Jose C. Lopez at Jose.Lopez2@sweetwaterschools.org



Holiday Sing Concerts

Holiday Sing Concerts were Tuesday, December 5th and Thursday, December 7th at 6:30 p.m. Location: Bonita Valley Community Church (4744 Bonita Rd., Bonita, CA 91902) Middle and high school choirs from throughout the district provided a full stage of holiday music as well as traditional numbers for two consecutive nights.

Schools Represented on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017: Chula Vista Middle, EastLake High, EastLake Middle, Hilltop High, Montgomery High, Olympian High, Otay Ranch High, and Sweetwater High.

Schools Represented on Thursday, December 7th, 2017: Bonita Vista High, Bonita Vista Middle, Chula Vista High, Rancho del Rey Middle, San Ysidro High.


Rancho del Rey Middle School – Winter Choral Concert

Rancho del Rey Middle School Mixed Choir & Harmonia present Winter Choral Concert on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 at 6:30 pm with special guest: Wolf Canyon Elementary School Glee Club at Rancho del Rey Middle School Cultural Arts Center (1174 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910) Donations are accepted at the door.

Downloadable flyer here.


Mariachi Holiday Nights

Mariachi Holiday Night Concerts November 29th & 30th, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. Location: Chula Vista High School Jack Tygett Performing Arts Center (820 Fourth Avenue, Chula Vista, CA 91911) Featuring middle and high school mariachi groups. General admission is $5 at the door (FREE admission for children 4 and under)

Schools Performing on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017: Montgomery Middle School, San Ysidro High School, Southwest High School, and Southwest Middle School

Schools Performing on Thursday, November 30th, 2017: Bonita Vista High School, Bonita Vista Middle School, Chula Vista High School, Montgomery High School, National City Middle School, Otay Ranch High School, and Sweetwater High School

Downloadable flyer here.


50th Annual Band Pageant

The 50th Annual Band Pageant is Thursday, November 16, 2017 – 6PM at San Ysidro High School Football Field (5353 Airway Rd, San Diego, CA 92154) Featuring SUHSD Middle and High School Bands. Tickets are $5, free admission for children 4 and under.

Participating High Schools: Bonita Vista High, Castle Park High, Chula Vista High, Eastlake High, Hilltop High, Montgomery High, Mar Vista High, Olympian High, Otay Ranch High, Sweetwater High, and San Ysidro High.


Participating Middle Schools: Bonita Vista Middle, Castle Park Middle, Chula Vista Middle, EastLake Middle, Granger Junior High, Hilltop Middle, Montgomery Middle, Mar Vista Academy, Rancho del Rey Middle, National City Middle, and Southwest Middle.

Downloadable Poster here and
Downloadable small flyers here.
Slideshow of bands from the past here.

Chairwoman Dianne Jacob and all the members of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors herby declare this 16th day of November 2017 to be “SWEETWATER DISTRICT BAND PAGEANT DAY” throughout Sand Diego County.

City of Chula Vista PROCLAMATION



Mayor of the City of Chula Vista Mary Casillas Salas together with City Council herby proclaim November 16, 2017 as “SWEETWATER DISTRICT BAND PAGEANT DAY” in the City of Chula Vista and ask all residents to observe and take part in activities recognizing the importance of music, musicians, and musical organizations to the cultured life of our city.

City of San Diego PROCLAMATION




Councilmember for the Eighth District of the City of San Diego David Alvarez hereby commends Sweetwater District Band Pageant and proclaims November 16th, 2017 to be SWEETWATER DISTRICT BAND PAGEANT DAY in the Eight District of the City of San Diego.


Arts for EACH child includes those with disabilities

Sweetwater District Band Teacher Amy Cruz is taking the challenge of making the arts accessible to EACH child to a new level at Bonita Vista Middle School. What began as a pull-out program for kids with mild-to-moderate disabilities has blossomed into a full class where students, teachers, and peer mentors gather together to make music.

Ms. Cruz worked with her Principal, Dr. Eduardo Reyes, the Director of the Visual and Performing Arts Department, Jeff Kover, and the director of Special Services, Dr. Ron Lopez to get funding for the class. Through their combined efforts, Ms. Cruz was able to have a stand-alone class, instruments, and the support of the teachers and staff of Bonita Vista.

Teaching instrumental music is always challenging, but even more so when students are disabled. “We have students with mobility challenges, a lot of them have dexterity challenges where manipulating their fingers can be difficult. Playing a standard instrument like a clarinet or saxophone or even a trumpet could be tricky because they don’t have the same finger strength but with our modified instruments, with recorders and the orff instruments, they’re able to participate and in meaningful ways. They’re making music but adapted to their ability level.” Ms. Cruz adapts music to the instruments and abilities of her students, while teaching them basic music fundamentals.

Working alongside Ms. Cruz are the Special Education teachers like Richard Giffen. He has found that, beyond the music lessons, “we’re able to make connections. Music is that language of communication that allows them to communicate with peers of all levels.” He is proud of the exposure that his students receive to experiences they might not have had otherwise.

Parents are happy with the program as well. “The students get to be on stage, they get to perform. For some of them that makes them very nervous but once it’s done and once they’re up there and they

have that moment of ‘we did it’ they are just beaming and their parents are beaming. It’s great to give the parents the opportunity to see their kids with all of the other students performing” says Ms. Cruz. Her plan now is to make this class available to the rest of the district.

You can see these wonderful kids and their teacher on Youtube here:


District Orchestra Fall Concert

The District Orchestra Fall Concert is Tuesday, November 7th, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Location: Eastlake High School Ruth Chapman Performing Arts Center (1120 Eastlake Parkway, Chula Vista, CA 91915)

Featuring the District String and Symphonic Orchestras under the direction of Jennifer Opdahl, Greg Caldera, and Maren Glover. General admission is $5.00 (free admission for children 4 and under)

Downloadable flyers here.


EastLake Middle School – Visual Art

EastLake Middle School’s 1st Annual Day of the Dead Celebration and Display is November 1st, 2017 from 5:30 – 7:00 PM at the EastLake Middle School Pavilion (900 Duncan Ranch Road, Chula Vista, CA 91914)

Downloadable flyer here.

For more information, please contact Visual Art teacher Andrea Arroyo at ELM.