Mission Hills Music Ensembles
Mission Hills High School offers a series of instrumental ensembles, providing students with a clear path to acquire increasingly complex skills and challenge students’ musicality and performance aesthetic.
WIND ENSEMBLE features the most accomplished musicians in the Mission Hills HS music program. The Wind Ensemble performs the finest wind literature and focuses on the development of collegiate and professional skills. Members of the Wind Ensemble will typically perform a number of concerts each year, which may include participation in SCSBOA band festivals and outside musical opportunities when they present themselves.
SYMPHONIC BAND is the school’s second most-advanced concert ensemble. The Symphonic Band performs advanced wind literature and continues the development of refined, performance skills. Members of the Symphonic Band will typically perform a number of school concerts each year which may include participation in SCSBOA band festivals and outside musical opportunities when they present themselves.
CONCERT BAND is an intermediate concert ensemble. This band consists mostly of 9th and 10th grade students, and also offers older students a chance to learn secondary instruments. The Concert Bands perform a series of fine literature with a focus on technical and musical development. Members of the Concert Band will typically perform at several school concerts which may include participation in SCSBOA band festivals.
The Mission Hills High School percussion section holds an integral role in the overall music department. Percussion takes part in the marching band, indoor percussion, and concert percussion ensembles throughout the full school year. It is mainly comprised of battery instruments (snare drum, bass drum, etc.), mallet instruments (marimba, xylophone, etc.), as well as many other auxiliary instruments (triangle, tambourine, etc.).
The indoor percussion ensemble earned a bronze medal in 2015 and a gold medal (undefeated) during the 2016 season, both years competing in the American Drumline Association (ADLA) competitive circuit. Currently, the ensemble competes in both the SCPA and WGI circuits.
Students interested in joining should contact band director, Josh Hall (email@example.com)
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Color Guard / Winter Guard
What is Color Guard? Modern color guard uses flags, sabres, mock rifles and other equipment combined with choreographed dance, interpretive movement and gymnastics while performing routines set to music. During the fall, members of the Color Guard team perform and compete along with the Cardinal Alliance Marching Band at football games, field show tournaments and parades. The guard provides visual interest and “color” to the band’s performances.
What is Winter Guard? After marching season concludes, the Winter Guard team performs throughout San Diego and Southern CA in Guard only competitions. Winter Guard is conducted indoors, usually in a gym or indoor arena. Choreographed routines are performed to music. Each season, the highest ranking teams move on to nationals in Ohio. WGI rules for Winter Guard. WGASC Winter Guard Association Of Southern California Students interested in joining the Mission Hills Color Guard team should contact Band Director Michael Tramm Participation in Guard (Cardinal Alliance) will earn you P.E. credit first semester.