‘TIS THE SEASON!!!
Wait! What! ALREADY? FINALLY!
YES! It’s MARCHING BAND SEASON and our MIRA MESA HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BAND AND COLOR GUARD, also known as the SAPPHIRE SOUND, is in full swing!
The community of Mira Mesa, once again this year, didn’t have the opportunity to see the Sapphire Sound at the annual Mira Mesa 4th of July Parade. As many of you have seen, driving past the high school, it is undergoing major renovations. Construction began in June 2017 and there is still a lot to be done. A totally brand-new Music building will open its doors, hopefully by the start of the next school year!
Now that we are back to school, the Sapphire Sound is rehearsing every morning. You can hear them on the field, somewhere around 7:30 am, if you’re shopping in the neighborhood malls! Students are working hard to be one of the top marching bands in the State of California. The Band and Color Guard members have rehearsals once a week right after school and the entire band and color guard gathers on Thursday evenings. This is our Thursday Night Rehearsal during the fall semester where the students have a longer amount of time to work on the field and put the field show together. It’s a great night and something no parent wants to miss!
Let’s hear Kaleena Lavergne, a 10th grade clarinet player:
“Coming in as a freshman into a new environment is really scary. I didn’t know that many people, and of course I didn’t want to embarrass myself. I knew what Mrs. C was like since my brother had her, but I didn’t know how she ran everything. Once I broke out of my shell a little more and met new people, I learned to love band more than I already did. It gives me joy to learn the music, learn new sets, see how the show will come alive, and receiving pep talks from the adults. In the next three years, I hope to achieve a better understanding of music, continue making new friends, becoming a better musician, and hopefully medal. This band has taught me so much, and I can’t wait to learn more.”
Our first Marching Band competition will be on Saturday, October 13th at Rancho Buena Vista High School.
We already have a lot going on in the month of September. Check us out on our website if you are interested in seeing what the group is doing in the next few months. The goal is to make it to Championships on Saturday, November 17: https://sites.google.com/site/mmhsbandsandcg/ to view the calendar.
Each year, Mira Mesa High School hosts their Annual Band tournament the first Saturday of November. 34 Marching Bands from all over Southern California are expected to participate. Some will compete in a Band Review which is held on Mira Mesa Blvd. The boulevard will be closed from 11:30 am – 3:00 pm. In addition to the Band Review, all of the Bands will compete inside the newly renovated stadium of Mira Mesa HS. Over 20,000 visitors attend this event throughout the day!!! As a reminder, the streets surrounding the school will be closed to host the event. Please plan accordingly.
The 26th Annual Mira Mesa Invitational Band Review and Field Tournament will be held on Saturday, November 3. We invite you to come and see our proud students performing this year show titled “One World”. The 220-piece Marching Band and Color Guard will truly blow your mind as they really do excel in the marching arts.
Alyssa Mae, a 12th grade color guard captain, shares her point of view:
“Starting from my freshman year, I’ve always had that motivation to be committed to something I loved doing. I had no idea what color guard was until my older brother had told me that they’re still accepting people on the team. I’ve been attached to Color guard since field season my freshman year when I was chosen to be a dancer in the front. Each year, I would work as hard as the upperclassmen just to get that dance solo, the rifle solo, the sabre solo, and the flag solo. My coaches always made me feel inspired because I knew I was doing something great within myself & the program itself. I remember there would be many night rehearsals where I made mistakes, but it only pushed me to do better the next time and it’s a great feeling to have. Now that it’s my senior year, I’ve come to the realization that it wasn’t all about the solos I wanted, it was more about the motivation I had to continue all 4 years, how big of an impact I’ve made on the program, and especially how all my work has paid off to know now that I am the color guard Captain of 2018-2019.”
The dedication and passion the students have for this band program are beyond words, but this could never happen without the “behind the scenes” committed parents, who (no matter what) are supporting the students by feeding them, making sure their uniforms fit correctly, have a crew of dads working late nights to create props, or having other parents looking for new opportunities to fundraise.
WE ARE CONSTANTLY ON THE MOVE and “ALL IN”.
Elise Rault, a Senior Clarinet player and Pep Band Drum Major is also sharing her experience:
“As a senior in the sapphire sound, I’ve had many life changing experiences, including the overall joy of learning the language of music. This program has brought so much to my life, I don’t know how I’ll ever be able to repay it. As the school year starts, I have the joy of college applications due soon. I definitely plan on continuing with music, and I have Mrs. Christensen to blame for that. Being with her for 4 years has only deepened my passion. I guarantee that music will own a part of my heart for as long as I live.”
December is a wrap for Marching Season and the Band breaks into 3 ensembles: Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Concert Band. As the Marching Season ends and the Concert season begins with the Winter Concert on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 7:00pm in the Gym.
We hope you will come support this fine group of musicians at one of the many events throughout their school year.
On this note, we invite you to our ‘BREAKFAST ON THE MESA’
Our Annual Pancake “Breakfast on the Mesa” Fundraiser is Saturday September 29 from 7:00 – 11:30 am in the Media Center. Tickets will be on sale for $10 per person at the door. The Band and Drumline will perform every half-hour, so invite your family, neighbors, and friends. This is a great way for family, friends, and our community to support our program and gather for a meal together!
One last exciting news! Next April, our Wind Ensemble is invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in New-York. We will update the community with more information later this year!
Catherine Rault-Communications Chair Mira Mesa High School Band program