It featured the finest Middle & High School Honor Band Students. Auditions were held in December and were open to all SUHSD band students. The best players were selected to rehearse and perform under the direction of two special guest conductors for an enriching musical experience.
Eastlake High School Titan Regiment presents their 1st Gala Concert & Dinner Night on April 13th, 2018 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Ruth Chapman Performing Arts Center. Featuring Eastlake High School concert bands, solos, quartets and a special guest.
General Tickets are $25 and VIP Tickets are $35 per person. Includes Dinner Paella Valenciana, salad, coffee and pastries. Limited space available. Please contact Lourdes Ramos at firstname.lastname@example.org for sponsorship opportunity, program advertisement, and tickets.
Downloadable flyer here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On November 13th, 2017, The San Diego Union Tribune featured an article about the upcoming Band Pageant and Olympian High School Band Director Eric Mabrey titled: Sweetwater high school band show happens Thursday.
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:
Congratulations to two of our outstanding music educators! The California Music Educators Association-Southern Border Section has once again honored teachers in the Sweetwater Union High School District as Outstanding Music Educators. They will be recognized at the annual Arts Empower Mega-Conference in October.
Tamara Frazier, Castle Park Middle School: Middle School Music Specialist Award
Danielle Bruce, Hilltop Middle School: Richard Levin Orchestra Educator Award
Congratulations! We are all so very proud of you!
The 2017 Sweetwater Summer Theater Institute presented CHILDREN OF EDEN on July 26-28 at 7 pm & July 29 at 2 pm – San Ysidro High School – Dr. Maida Torres-Stanovik Performing Arts Center.
Orchestra Director – Tony Sacco
Keyboard – Kyra Sacco
Accompanist – Barbara Schroeder
Flute – Jia Wen Chen (ORH)
Piccolo – Geli Samia (OLH)
Soprano Saxophone – John Cochran III (ELH)
Oboe – Jeremiah Vargas (OLH)
Alto Saxophone – Jason McCann (BVH)
Tenor Saxophone – Anthony Belen-Gonzalez (SYH)
Baritone Saxophone – Eliezzer Rodriguez (SYH)
Trumpet – Israel Avila (MOH)
French Horn – Adrian Lacsamana (BVH)
Trombone – Myles Gonzalez (BVH)
Percussion – Gabriel Ledezma (BVH)
Drum Kit – Angus Campos (SYH)
Southwest Middle School presented 5 de Mayo Music Department Celebration on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. Featuring Congressman Juan Vargas, SUHSD Dignitaries, School Wide Assembly, and performances by Southwest Junior Alumni Frankie J, Steel Drum Band, Mariachi, African Drum Band, and Marching Drum Band. Location: Southwest Middle School (2710 Iris Avenue, San Diego, CA 92154)
Southwest Middle School Celebrates return of music program (San Diego Union Tribune article)
District Color Guard and Drumline Show was Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 6pm. It featured SUHSD’s Color guards, Drumlines and special guests. General admission was $5 at the door. Location: Eastlake High School – Gymnasium (1120 Eastlake Parkway, Chula Vista, CA 91915)
Participating Schools: Bonita Vista High, Bonita Vista Middle, Castle Park High, Castle Park Middle, Chula Vista High, EastLake High, Montgomery High, Olympian High, Otay Ranch High, Rancho del Rey Middle, Southwest Middle, and Sweetwater High. Special guest: Cornerstone Independent Percussion and Alchemy Independent.
Program order here.
Congratulations to the Montgomery High School Aztec Concert Band for receiving a Unanimous Superior rating at the CMEA Band and Orchestra Festival at Olympian High School on Friday, April 14, 2017!
Congratulations to our VAPA Director Jeff Kover. On March 13th, 2017 he was presented a plaque for his support of the Maytime Band Review.