Fortissimo Award Winners

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!

Pit Orchestra

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 Music Department – 5 de Mayo Celebration

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)

Flyer here.

Southwest Middle School Celebrates return of music program (San Diego Union Tribune article)

Students at Southwest Middle School celebrate Cinco de Mayo (KUSI News)

Photo Credit: Omar De Leon, Grants & Communications.

District Color Guard and Drumline Show

District Color Guard and Drumline Show is Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 6pm. Featuring SUHSD’s Color guards, Drumlines and special guests. General admission is $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.

Photos by Grants & Communications – Omar De Leon.

Congratulations – Band

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.

Honor Band

HB_adSave the date: The 2017 District Honor Band Concert is Saturday, February 4th, 2017 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 are held in December and are open to all SUHSD band students.  The best players are selected to rehearse and perform under the direction of two special guest conductors for an enriching musical experience. 

Event Manager: Mr. Randy McCray, Band Director at Eastlake High School.

Printable flyer: 2017hb

Printable mini flyers: 2017hb_mini

AUDITIONS were held at  Southwestern College (900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, CA 91910) on Saturday, December 10th from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm. Congratulations to the students that made it! List is here.



Honor Concert Band: Ms. Jeri Webb, Director of Bands, Westview High School
Honor Symphonic Band: Mr. Douglas Akey, Director of Bands & Music Technology, Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies Music Director, Tempe Symphony Orchestra.

Jeri Webb earned her Bachelor’s of Music from San Diego State University, Teaching Credential from California State University, Long Beach and a Masters of Science, Fine Arts Application from Southern Oregon State University at the American Band College.  Miss Webb was fortunate to study with many well known musicians and composers such as: Gary Foster, Eddie Daniels, Allen Vizzutti, Francis McBeth, Alfred Reed, Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, Johan de Meij and Dallas Brass.

After successfully teaching middle school for nineteen years Miss Webb began teaching at Westview High School in Poway Unified School District in 2002.  She has served as a Mentor Teacher for Sweetwater and Poway Unified School Districts.  Additionally she has served on the boards of CMEA and SCSBOA and is an active adjudicator and clinician.  Miss Webb has conducted the SCSBOA Junior High School Honor Band, San Diego City Schools Honor Band numerous times, Bakersfield Honor Band as well as the High Desert Junior High School Honor Band.  She served as the conductor of the San Diego Civic Youth Orchestra Wind Ensemble for five years.  She has been named SCSBOA’s County Educator of the Year, CMEA Band Educator of the Year (2003 & 2016) as well as Black Mountain Middle School’s Teacher of the Year.  Her groups have received numerous superior ratings and have performed at State Conferences, Washington, DC and in Carnegie Hall.

Douglas Akey began his musical training in the public schools of Elmhurst, Illinois. He attended Arizona State University on a performance scholarship, earning a Bachelor of Music degree in Instrumental Music (1979) and a Master of Music in Solo Performance (1985). He also studied brass performance for two summers at the Banff Centre for the Performing Arts in Alberta, Canada.

Mr. Akey has taught band at the middle level in Arizona for thirty-seven years. His bands have been invited to perform at numerous education conferences, including the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic and the Music Educators National Conference. He is in de­mand as a clinician, having di­rected many junior high and high school honor bands throughout the country. Beginning in the fall of 2006, Mr. Akey began a new phase in his career, teaching elementary/middle school band students and Music Technology at the Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies.

In 1985, Mr. Akey received the Stanbury Award of the American School Band Directors Association as the outstanding young junior high school band director in the United States. Since that time, he has gone on to become recognized as an accomplished composer. His works are included on dozens of state contest lists and are per­formed by bands throughout North America, Europe, Australia and the Far East. In 1996, he was honored as the National Federation of Secondary Schools Music Educator of the Year for Section 7 (Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah).

Mr. Akey is an active performer, having played with the Del Sol Brass Quintet and Arizona Brass Quintet, as well as the Phoenix and Tucson Symphony Orchestras. He currently serves as Music Director of the Tempe Symphony Orchestra.

More Holiday Events

maDon’t miss CVH’s The Main Attraction and BVH’s Music Machine and Sound Unlimited at December Nights at Balboa Park! December 2nd and 3rd

More info: http://www.bal

Who doesn’t love a parade?  Here are two opportunities to see our students perform as they join the community to kick-off the holidays!

Chula Vista Starlight Parade
December 3rd at 6 PM

More info:

Bonita Vista High
Castle Park High & Middle Schools
Eastlake High School
Eastlake Middle School
Olympian High School
Otay Ranch High & Rancho Del Rey Middle
Southwest High School
Sweetwater High & National City Middle 

La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival
December 4th at 1:30 PM

More info:

Chula Vista High Mariachi
Southwest Middle Mariachi

Eastlake High School Band & Choir Holiday Show
December 6th, at 7 PM


49th Annual Band Pageant

16bp_adThe 49th Annual BAND PAGEANT is Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 6pm. Location: San Ysidro High School Football Field (5353 Airway Rd, San Diego, CA 92154)

Featuring over 1200 band performers, San Ysidro High School’s NJROTC, and Middle School Mass Band guest conductor: Mr. Dean Hickman.

General admission is $5.00. Free admission for children 4 and under.

Participating Schools:
Bonita Vista High, Bonita Vista Middle, Castle Park High, Castle Park Middle, Chula Vista High, Chula Vista Middle, Eastlake High, Eastlake Middle, Granger Junior High, Hilltop High, Hilltop Middle, Montgomery High, Montgomery Middle, National City Middle, Olympian High, Otay Ranch High, Rancho del Rey Middle, San Ysidro High, Southwest Middle, and Sweetwater High.

Downloadable flyers: letter size flyer , half page flyers


Middle school massed band rehearsing.

Maytime Band Review

Maytime.Program.Update Final.keyRestoring a tradition: Moving Forward. Presented by the Maytime Band Review Association. Saturday, October 15th, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

Parade starts in front of Sweetwater High School (30th & Highland Ave. in National City), proceed north, left on 16th, end at D Ave. Awards Ceremony & Festival at Kimball Park.

Participating SUHSD Bands:

  • Bonita Vista High School “Club Blue”
  • Castle Park High School “Trojan Brigade”
  • Eastlake High School “Titan Regiment”
  • Olympian High School “Eagle Band & Guard”
  • Sweetwater High School “Red Devil Corps”

More info: