VALLEY CENTER

INSTRUMENTAL  MUSIC

The Valley Center Band Program is under the direction of 

Jan Verboom &  Kara Whitaker.

VCHS Concert Band 3-25-2019
VCHS Wind Ensemble 3-25-2019
HS Percussion Ensemble 2019
WSU Honor Band 2019 1
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The Valley Center Band Program maintains a very active schedule. Please check out the calendar or your individual school's page for more detailed information.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Look at the VCHS/VCMS/VCIS Band Sections of the Website for more details on Info/Schedules & Times.

SLACK Communication Update 2020 for the VCHS Band

 

Hello band parents and current members! This year we will be trying the app “Slack” as a means of communication. This app is easy to use and we will be able to effectively communicate to all who are on it. We will NOT be utilizing “Remind” any longer. To become included in the band reminders on Slack, please follow these steps: 

 


“Hey guys! Welcome to the new remind! The chat function is open to everyone, however we ask that only those talked to by staff post messages to keep the reminders clear and accessible. If you ever have any questions, you can respond to posted messages or chat with staff directly. 


IMPORTANT: Once you have joined the chat, click on the ( i ) icon in the top right corner. There you can ensure notifications are set to every message and the channel is not muted to ensure you don't miss a thing!”


If any questions arise, please e-mail me at kara.whitaker@usd262.net. Thanks!

Kara WhitakerCo-Director of Bands
Valley Center USD 262​

 

Incoming Freshmen Information: 

VCHS Hornet Marching Band Announces Summer Schedule 

  • HS Drumline 90-Minute Sub-Sectionals & Full Ensemble

    • Bass Drums: Tuesdays 12:30-2pm (6/15, 6/22, 6/29, 7/13)

    • Front Ensemble : Wednesdays 10:30am-Noon (6/16, 6/23, 6/30, 7/14)

    • Snares: Wednesdays  9am-10:30am (6/16, 6/23, 6/30, 7/14)

    • Full Group: Wednesdays 12:30-2pm (6/16, 6/23, 6/30, 7/14)

    • Tenors: Wednesdays 2-3:30pm (6/16, 6/23, 6/30, 7/14)

  • HS Colorguard Summer Rehearsal

    • Evening Rehearsal Dates: June 21st, June 24th, June 28th, July 1st, July 26th 6:30-8:30pm

    • Dance Camp: July 6th-8th 8am-Noon

    • The Camp: July 9th 1-6pm, July 10th 8am-4pm

    • Flag Camp: July 19th-23rd 8am-Noon

  • HS Wind/Brass Sectionals: June 15th & 22nd, July 13th & 20th 7-8pm

VCHS Marching Band Pre-Season: 

  • HS Band Leadership Sessions (Drum Majors/Section Leaders)/Winds-Brass Sectionals

    • Monday, July 26th Leaders 9am-Noon/Woodwind Sectional 1-2pm

    • Tuesday, July 27th Leaders 9am-Noon/All Brass Sectional 1-2pm

  • HS Drumline Camp

    • Monday, July 26th thru Friday, July 30th, 1-4pm.

  • Full Band Basics Camp

    • Monday, July 26th Full Woodwind Sectional 1-2pm
    • Tuesday, July 27th All Brass Sectional 1-2pm
    • Wednesday, July 28th 9am-Noon (Section Leaders &  Freshmen Only)

    • Thursday, July 29th & Friday, July 30th FULL BAND 9am-Noon

    • This does include colorguard, drumline as they are part of the full band.

  • FULL BAND CAMP

    •   Monday, August 2nd through Friday, August 6th from 8am-4pm.

  • Evening Rehearsals 

    • Tuesday, Aug. 10th 6:30-8:30pm

    • Thursday, Aug. 12th 6:30-8:30pm

 

These few days afford us an opportunity to accomplish what would take approximately twenty-two days, or over five weeks, on our regular rehearsal schedule. Therefore, it is imperative that no time be wasted and that students come to the camp prepared.  Attendance is mandatory. Grades will be given for Camp. The band camp dates will be discussed with the students in March before Spring Break.

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ABOUT THE VALLEY CENTER BAND PROGRAM

We are excited about our upcoming events and hope that you'll be able to join us for some of them! Music education is a valuable part of developing well rounded students. We strive to present our students with as many opportunities as possible in a supportive environment.

Often a single concert or presentation measures the success of a music program. While it is true that a performance demonstrates the students' mastery of skills, it is only one aspect of our comprehensive music curriculum. Instrumental music classes in Valley Center  are designed to prepare students to be responsible citizens in tomorrow's society. What is it about music learning that offers young musicians a head start over their non-musician counterparts?

* Music develops interpersonal skills such as teamwork, leadership, communication, negotiation and working with others; the basic personal attributes required for problem-solving in our modern day workplace.

* Music stimulates the creative, curious, and imaginative mind - the mental building blocks for critical thinking and self-motivation.

* Since much of music is active learning, it links the creative thought process to reality. The following quote is an excerpt from The Value of the Arts, created by the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities - 1993:

...Some skills taught only in the arts are as important to science as they are to art. Among these tools are playing, abstracting, building models and recognizing patterns. Non-verbal skills allow people to imagine and visualize new realities before they can be proven by logic or scientific experiment.....

When our students are in the act of making decisions based on present moment choices, they replicate the same thought processes used in expressing music. This is a human quality that must be developed; it is the foundation for all problem-solving skills.

When we take a holistic view of music learning, we develop a new perspective and appreciation for our school's music program. Music is important in the life of your child, our community, and our society as a whole.