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

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.



Health Procedure Waiver Band 


All VCHS Band Members must adhere to the policies of the district pertaining to COVID procedures. This is in cooperation with administration direction. These practices have been in effect since some of you have been involved in Hornet Pride or had sectionals and practice with the band and color guard. We are attaching the link for the COVID release form each parent must sign before their student can participate. Some of you have already taken care of this through athletic conditioning, If a student's parent does not have it signed, they cannot attend until done.


Link to COVID Release


Let us know of any questions or concerns. 


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


Welcome our new Co-Director of Bands, Kara Whitaker !!














SLACK Communication Update 2020 for the VCHS Band


*New Communication Update*


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 Thanks!

Kara WhitakerCo-Director of Bands
Valley Center USD 262

Saturday, Oct. 17th: VCHS Indoor Marching Arts Rehearsal (would have been the Central States  Marching Festival @  KSU.)

  • Indoor Percussion/Guard: 9am-Noon

  • Indoor Winds/Brass/Perc/Guard: 1-4pm

Friday , Oct. 23rd: VCHS FB vs. Eisenhower ((HS Spirit Band/Drumline/Guard)

  • May include more of the full band. 

  • Report Time:

    • Load @ 5:30pm

    • RT 6pm @ VCMS

    • Equipment back to VCHS after game. 

Saturday, Oct. 24th: VCHS Indoor Marching Arts Rehearsal (would have been KBA in Lawrence.)

  • Indoor Percussion/Guard: 9am-Noon

  • Indoor Winds/Brass/Perc/Guard: 1-4pm

Monday, Oct. 26th-Friday, Nov. 6th: SCKMEA District Band/Orchestra Audition Window is opened to admit for consideration in District Honor Ensembles. 

  • Audition mp3s are due to Verboom by Wednesday, November 4th

  • Those students that do make it into district ensembles will be eligible to audition for All State Ensembles in January.  


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.



Valley Center High School
9600 N Meridian
Valley Center, KS 67147
Phone:  316-755-7070
Fax:  316-755-7071