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.

Southwest Middle School Music Department – 5 de Mayo Celebration

Southwest Middle School presents 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.

District Mariachi Spring Concert

District Mariachi Spring Concert is Wednesday & Thursday, April 26 & 27, 2017 at 6:30 pm at Chula Vista High School Jack Tygett Performing Arts Center (820 Fourth Avenue, Chula Vista, CA 91911) Featuring middle and high school Mariachi groups. General Admssion is $5 at the door.

Performing Wednesday: Chula Vista High, Montgomery Middle, Southwest High, and Southwest Middle.

Performing Thursday: Bonita Vista High, Bonita Vista Middle, Montgomery High, National City Middle, Otay Ranch High, San Ysidro High, and Sweetwater High.

Printable flyer here.

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.

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. The intense week closes with student performances and an art exhibit.

The academy takes place at Camp Cuyamaca, the Outdoor School for the San Diego County Office of Education, from June 19th through June 24th, 2017.

Interest form deadline was March 18, 2017. Selected students will be notified soon.

Watch a short video of last year’s camp experience here.

District Show Choir Festival

District Show Choir Festival is Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 6pm – Eastlake High School Ruth Chapman Performing Arts Center (1120 Eastlake Parkway, Chula Vista, 91915) Featuring SUHSD’s fines Show Choirs! General admission is $5 at the door.

Schools Represented: Bonita Vista High, Chula Vista High, Eastlake High, Otay Ranch High, and Sweetwater High.

Downloadable flyer here.

San Diego Sings 2017

Bonita Vista High School – Vocal Music Department presents San Diego Sings 2017 “The Heritage of Excellence” on February 17 & 18 at Abraham Lincoln High School Performing Arts Center (4777 Imperial Ave, San Diego, CA 92113). Featuring Concert Choir and Show Choir performances and awards. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advanced. For more information, please contact Vocal Director Gail Kennedy at Bonita Vista High School.


Friday, February 17 Performance Schedule:

Concert Choirs

5:00 pm – Bonita Vista High School – Lady Tones
5:20 pm – Carlsbad High School – Chamber Singers
5:40 pm – Chaparral High School – Chamber Choir
6:00 pm – San Ysidro High School – Bel Canto
6:20 pm – Helix Charter High School – Mixed Voices

Middle School Show Choirs

7:15 pm – Bonita Vista Middle – Advanced Choir
7:40 pm – Lakeside Middle School – Adrenaline
8:05 pm – Black Mountain Middle School – It’s My Forte
8:30 pm – Black Mountain Middle School – It’s My Forte

8:55 pm – BVHS: Host School
9:20 pm – Awards Ceremony

Saturday, February 18th Performance Schedule:

Unisex Division

FLO (For Ladies Only) Novice Division

9:00 am – Chaparral High School – Dynamics
9:25 am – Granada Hills Charter High School – Here Come’s Treble
9:50 am – Redlands E. V. – Sweet Sensations

FLO (For Ladies Only) Intermediate Division

10:15 am – Eastlake High School – Spotlight Ladies
10:40 am – Helix High School Charter – HD
11:05 am – John Burroughs High School – Decibelles
11:30 am – Carlsbad High School – Encore

FLO (For Ladies Only) Advanced Division

1:00 pm – Brea-Olinda High School – Spellbound
1:25 pm – Glendora High School – Silhouettes
1:50 pm – John Burroughs High School – Sound Sensations
2:15 pm – Bonita Vista High School – Sound Unlimited – Host School

Mens Division

2:40 pm – John Burroughs High School – Men at Work

3:05 pm – Awards Ceremony


Soloist Competition

3:25 pm – Granada Hills Charter High School
3:30 pm – Helix Charter High School
3:50 pm – Pacifica High School

Legacy (Mixed Show Choir) Novice Division

3:55 pm – Granada Hills Charter High School – Highlander G’Notes

Legacy (Mixed Show Choir) Intermediate Division

5:30 pm – Los Altos High School – Production Choir
5:55 pm – Eastlake High School – Center Stage
6:20 pm – Otay Ranch High School – Full Effect
6:45 pm – Cypress High School – High Voltage
7:10 pm – Helix Charter High School – HLX
7:35 pm – Chaparral High School – Platinum FX
8:00 pm – John Burroughs High School – Sound Waves
8:25 pm – Pacifica High School – Encore
8:50 pm – Awards Ceremony

Legacy (Mixed Show Choir) Advanced Tier 2

9:10 pm Glendora High School – Royal Stewarts
9:45 pm – Carlsbad High School – Sound Expression

Legacy (Mixed Show Choir) Advanced Tier 1

10:20 pm – Brea-Olinda High School – Masquerade
10:55 pm  – John Burroughts High School – Powerhouse
11:30 pm – Bonita Vista High School – The Music Machine – Host School

12:05 am – Awards Ceremony

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.balhttp://www.balboapark.org/decembernights

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: http://www.starlightparade.com/

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: http://www.ljparade.com/

Chula Vista High Mariachi
Southwest Middle Mariachi

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