Honor Band

HB_adDistrict 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 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. 

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

Event flyers: 18HB_flyer and 18HB_sm_flyers

Honor Symphonic Band Guest Conductor

Robert Sheldon is one of the most performed composers of wind band music today.  A recipient of numerous awards from the American School Band Director’s Association, Phi Beta Mu and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, his compositions embody a level of expression that resonate with ensembles and audiences alike. His music is performed around the world and appears on many international concert and contest lists. With over one million copies of his compositions and books sold, Mr. Sheldon regularly accepts commissions for new works, and produces numerous publications for concert band and orchestra each year.

Mr. Sheldon’s schedule includes many appearances as conductor for All-State and Regional Honor Bands and Orchestras.   He also frequently appears as a Music Education clinician, and has presented sessions and seminars at numerous colleges and universities as well as state and national conferences. He has served as a conductor and clinician for over one-thousand events throughout the United States, Japan, Canada, Taiwan, Italy, Germany, Australia and China, and has conducted performances of his works in New York’s Carnegie Hall, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Taipei’s National Concert Hall, Matsumoto’s Seiji Ozawa Performing Arts Center, the Sydney Opera House and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. Mr. Sheldon is currently Director of Concert Band Publications for Alfred Music.

Honor Concert Band Guest Conductor

Jay Posteraro is currently in his 23rd year as band director at Mesa Verde Middle School in the Poway Unified School District.  He is originally from New York and has been in California almost 25 years.  Mr. Posteraro earned music degrees from the State University of New York Potsdam (Crane School of Music) and the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.

Mr. Posteraro’s bands at Mesa Verde consistently receive outstanding ratings at music festivals throughout California. In March 2011, The Mesa Verde Select Ensemble won the Chicago Festival of Gold, the first time in the thirty-year history of the festival a middle school group has gained such distinction. Mr. Posteraro has conducted the Escondido Middle School Honor Band twice, the San Diego Unified School District Honor Band, and the Anaheim Union School District Honor Band to name a few.  He is also the directed the University of San Diego Pep Band for several years.

Mr. Posteraro is an active trumpet player, having performed throughout the country, most notably as a member of the All-American College Orchestra in Disney World and as a musician at Busch Gardens, VA. In addition, he performs regularly in San Diego as a member/owner of Select Brass,  the Pacific Sound Brass Quintet,  and as an in demand musician/clinician. Mr. Posteraro’s professional memberships include MENC, CMEA, SCSBOA, and the International Trumpet Guild. Mr. Posteraro was recently named the Poway Unified School District Teacher of the Year for the 2013-2014 school year and a Top-Ten Finalist for San Diego County Teacher of the Year. Additionally, he was named California Music Educators Association-Southern Border Section Educator of the Year for 2013.

Mr. Posteraro believes in teaching his students life skills through music in his band classroom. His philosophy is why settle for good when you can be great.  Always be better than you think you can be!


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



Eastlake High School – Drama Department

Eastlake High School Drama Department presents two one acts of “13 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interviews” and “The 9 Worst Breakups of All Time” from April 24-26, 2018. Thursday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Friday matinee at 3:00 p.m. General admission is $7 and $5 for students. For questions please contact Mr. Meads, ELH Drama teacher.


Eastlake High School – Titan Regiment 1st Gala Concert & Dinner

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 pastry. Limited space available. Please contact Lourdes Ramos at lourdesideas@yahoo.com for sponsorship opportunity, program advertisement, and tickets. Please download event flyer here for more information.


State Orchestra Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Danielle Bruce, Music teacher at Hilltop Middle School for being selected for State Orchestra Teacher of the Year! Formal recognition will take place at the eight annual California All-State Music Education Conference (CASMEC) this February 15th-18th, 2018 in San Jose.


Holiday Sing Concerts

District 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.