The Valley Center Band Program is under the direction of 

Jan Verboom &  Kara Whitaker.

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.



 2020 VCHS Summer Band Camp Dates Announced:

  • HS Colorguard Summer Rehearsals (Monday/Thursday Evenings): Begin June 15th thru July 9th 6:30-8:30pm

  • HS Drumline Sub-Sectionals:

    • Tenor/Flubs: Tuesdays 8:30am-10am for 6/16,  7/7, & 7/14.

    • Bass Drums: Tuesdays 10:30am-Noon 6/16,  7/7, & 7/14.

    • Front Ensemble: Tuesdays 1pm-2:30pm for 6/16,  7/7, & 7/14.

    • Snares: Wednesdays 10am-11:30am for 6/17, 6/24, 7/8, & 7/15.

    • Full Group: Wednesdays Noon-1:30pm for 6/17 (Battery), 6/24 (Keyboards, Synth, Electric Bass), 7/8 (TBA), & 7/15 (TBA).

  • HS Wind/Brass Sectionals: They will be held from 7-8pm @ VCHS. Groupings will be posted in Classroom and High School Section of Website.

    • June 18th (Freshmen Brass & Section Leaders) &

    • June 25th (Freshmen Woodwinds & Section Leaders) 

    • July 9th (Grouping TBA) 

    • July 23rd (Grouping TBA)

  • HS Colorguard Dance Camp: July 14th-16th 8am-Noon

  • HS Colorguard Area Wide "The Camp": July 17th 1:00-7pm & July 18th 8am-4pm

  • VCHS Band Leadership Sessions: July 27th & 28th 9am-Noon

  • VCHS Colorguard Flag Camp: July 27th-31st 1pm-4pm

  • VCHS Drum Camp:July 27th-31st 1pm-4pm 

  • VCHS Band Basics Camp: July 29th-31st 9am-Noon


  • VCHS Band Camp: Aug. 3rd-7th 8am-4pm @ VCHS

  • VCHS Band Camp Parent Show & Tell: Friday Aug. 7th 6:30pm-8pm 

  • VCHS Band Evening Rehearsals: Tues. Aug. 11th & Thurs. Aug. 13th 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. We are asking that all students and parents plan accordingly for the good of the band during this time. Communication and commitment is vital for the band program success and student experience. If there are conflicts with the dates they will need to be communicated by Friday, May 8th. 


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 !!


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