Would you like to be a part of something truly special this year?
Do you love expressing yourself through music?
Want to make a ton of friends while having a blast!?
We create beautiful and passionate music wherever we go and we have seen much success! Here are a few recent accomplishments:
The our music students work very hard to see these accomplishments and we love what we do, so we're looking forward to continuing this tradition! And we would love for you to join our ranks!
All students playing an instrument that requires air is a wind instrument. Most of the band is in this group. We have Flutes, Clarinets, Saxophones, Trumpets, French Horns, Trombones, Baritones, and Tubas. All students who either play one of these or are interested in learning one are welcome to attend the Winds Workshop! You can try out several to see which you like best and pick up some materials that will help you get started. In some cases, the school has instruments available for you to borrow if needed.
Percussion Camp - TBD
Percussion is the section of the band that typically provides the pulse or the heartbeat of the band. They do not use air to play their instruments, rather they strike their instruments with sticks and mallets.
Color Guard has been dubbed "The Sport of the Arts." These students use several pieces of equipment to visually express what the music is saying. They are an integral part of what we do! They use flags, rifles, sabers, and other props to show emotion and intrigue our audiences. It's not just for girls! We have had several guys on the team too.
WHAT IS MARCHING BAND?
Marching Band is a collective effort from students in the Percussion, Concert Bands, and Color Guard classes at Grossmont High School. We work all fall season to perfect a Field Show. A Field Show is an 8-minute performance on the football field in which the band will play music and march up and down the field making some pretty cool formations. We play our field show at all Home Football games and we even travel throughout San Diego County competing in Band Tournaments. These tournaments are a big deal! Last year, we won a trophy at every single event we participated in! Students absolutely love being at the tournaments, hanging out with their friends and watching other Band’s shows. The Grossmont High School Marching Band also performs in Parades! We compete in parade competitions several times in our season and we also perform at non-competitive parades such as El Cajon’s historic Mother Goose Parade! The GHS Marching Band goes by the name of The Royal Blue Regiment.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE FALL?
Outside of the fall season, students in the Royal Blue Regiment participate in festival and concert performances. The band and orchestra will also typically have a trip option available for students to experience performing outside of San Diego. In 2013 the band traveled to Hawaii and to San Francisco during the Spring Break in 2014!
There are also many opportunities to compete in Winter activities. After marching season ends, some students participate in the Jazz Band. We rehearse twice a week and perform at concerts and community events. We would like to add a festival to our plans next year!
The Color Guard continues their work into the Winter Guard season. The Winter Guard rehearses during class time and puts together a show that features them only. No band, no percussion, just music, and Color Guard. They compete throughout San Diego and have a great time!
The Percussion section also has a Winter performance circuit called Winter Drumline. They work outside of school hours to create a percussion featured show and they also compete throughout San Diego. All of the above performances can be found under the Performing Groups page.
WHAT IS BAND CAMP?
All students involved in the Marching program participate in Band Camp. Band Camp is a seven-day intense training and conditioning session designed to get the band working together, performing to the best of their ability, and start working on our field show. Generally, your average day at Band Camp will consist of music rehearsals, music sectional time, stretching and flexibility exercises, Marching basics, and fundamentals, and of course rehearsal to start working on our field show! Attendance at Band Camp is required in order to be a part of the show.
Please note this year’s Band Camp dates:
- July 23st - July 25th @ 8 a.m. - 4 p.m, Newbie Days!
- July 26th-July 27th @ 8 a.m. - 4 p.m, Band Camp Week 1!
- July 30th - August 3rd @ 8 a.m. - 4 p.m, Band Camp Week 2!
Of course, we schedule in time for lunch, dinner, and several water breaks. We know how to make sure our students stay healthy, hydrated, and safe! Band camp takes place on the Grossmont High School campus, mainly in the Band Room and in the Stadium and lower field.
Look out for more information later this summer regarding what to bring to band camp, paperwork to have prepared, and other important details.
HOW DO I SIGN UP?
We look forward to making music with you!!!
“If I were not a physicist, I would be a musician. I often think of music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music… I get the most joy in life out of music.”