11.08.17

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.

County of San Diego California PROCLAMATION Presented by Supervisor Greg Cox HONORING SWEETWATER DISTRICT BAND PAGEANT 50TH ANNIVERSARY.

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.

11.08.17

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 by appointment only. Location: Chula Vista High School – Little Theatre (820 Fourth Avenue, Chula Vista, CA 91911)

To request an audition time, please sign up HERE on or before November 20th, 2017. Any request received after that will be wait listed and will not be guaranteed an audition time. You must sing up for an audition time via the online link above.

AUDTION MUSIC
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

10.27.17

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:

10.24.17

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.

07.28.17

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!

06.12.17

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)

06.12.17

2017 Sweetwater Summer Arts Academy at Camp Cuyamaca

The Sweetwater Summer Arts Academy is a FREE one week camp offered each summer to over 150 Sweetwater Union High School District students in Visual and Performing Arts classes and takes place at Camp Cuyamaca, the Outdoor School for the San Diego County Office of Education. 

The intense week closed with student performances and an art exhibit on Saturday, June 24th, 2017 at Chula Vista High School. It featured our district’s best String Orchestra, Choir, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Dance, Mariachi, and Visual Art.

Camp Director was Debbie Nevin-Armstrong from CVH, Concert Band Instructor Eric Mabrey from OLH, Jazz Band Instructor Fred Marx from MOM, Orchestra Instructor Greg Caldera from ELH & MVA, Mariachi Instructor Fredd Sanchez from NCM & SUH, Visual Art Instructor Andrea Arroyo from MOM, Dance Instructor Valerie Ingram from CVH, Choir Instructor Michael Sakell from CVM & CVH, and Accompanist Lionel Jasmin from various school sites.

04.18.17

2017 Mariachi Scholarship Foundation – Winners

Congratulations to the 2017 Mariachi Scholarship Foundation award recipients! Concert & Award Ceremony is Thursday, May 18 from 7:30 – 9:30 pm at Southwestern College Mayan Hall (900 Otay Lakes Rd., Chula Vista, 91910)

Featuring Mariachi performances from Chula Vista High School, Sweetwater High School, Otay Ranch High School, Southwest High School, and Intermediate & Advanced Southwestern College Mariachis. Tickets are $10 at the door ($7 students/seniors) Free parking in Lot “O” on Otay Lakes, South of “H” Street.

MSF Scholarship Recipients:

Founder’s Award ($2,000)
Rafael Morales – Sweetwater HS

Christina Aranda Award ($1,500)
Alan Zapien – San Ysidro HS

Special Mention ($1,000)
Daisy Ybarra – Otay Ranch HS

Graduating High School Mariachi Award ($750)
Marcella Felix – Olympian HS
Denis Hirales – San Ysidro HS
Erik Gomez – San Ysidro HS
Jennifer Altamirano – Sweetwater HS
Ruth Gonzales – Southwest HS
Victor Gutierrez – Olympian HS
Angel Mendoza – San Ysidro HS
Jose Ortiz – San Ysidro HS
Alan Contreras – Olympian HS

Ballet Folklórico Award ($500)
Jacqueline Ortiz – San Ysidro HS
Antonia Vasquez – Otay Ranch HS
Klara Hernandez – Otay Ranch HS
Perla Moran – Otay Ranch HS
Pauline Lepe – Otay Ranch HS
Vanessa Garcia – San Ysidro HS
Alexia Mendoza – Mar Vista HS

Southwester College Continuing Mariachi ($500)
Saul Garcia
Clarissa Fallorina

04.17.17

District Orchestra Spring Concert

District Orchestra Spring Concert is Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 7 pm. Featuring the District String and Symphonic Orchestras under the direction of Jennifer Opdahl, Greg Caldera, and Maren Glover. General admission is $5 at the door. Location: EastLake High School Ruth Chapman Performing Arts Center (1120 Eastlake Parkway, Chula Vista, CA 91915)

Printable flyer here.

04.17.17

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.