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The Valley Center Band Program is under the direction of 

Jan Verboom, Crystal Rathburn, & Mary Wagoner

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.



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


Band Parent Orientation:

Parent Meeting Handout:​​

April 2023: ​​​

  • HS Colorguard/Drumline/Drum Major/Section Leader Auditions during the months of April & May. (Specific Dates and Info Coming Soon !!)

  • 4/1: KSHAA Regional Solo/Ensemble Festival @ Eisenhower HS

  • 4/3: 2023-2024 VCHS Band Student/Parent Meeting 7pm ​

  • 4/19: KSHAA State Large Group Festival @ East HS 

  • 4/29: KSHAA State Solo/Ensemble Festival @ Salina South HS 

May 2023: ​​​​​

  • HS Colorguard/Drumline/Drum Major/Section Leader Auditions during the months of April & May. (Specific Dates and Info Coming Soon !!)

  • 5/10: VC District Mass Band Concert @ VCHS

  • 5/14: VCHS Graduation @ Koch Arena 

  • 5/15-5/18: 2023-2024 VCHS Marching Band Pre-Camp during HS and 8th Grade Band Classes. 

  • 5/18: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL !!

2023 VCHS Hornet Marching Band Summer Camp Schedule Announced !!​

  • HS Band Leadership (Drum Majors/Section Leaders) will have their camp sessions Monday, July 24th & Tuesday, July 25th 9am-Noon.

  • HS Drumline will hold camp Monday, July 24th thru Friday, July 28th 1-4pm.

  • Basics Camp for Incoming Freshmen/Section Leaders/Drum Majors will be Wednesday, July 26th 9am-Noon.

  • Full Woodwind Sectional Wednesday, July 26th 1-2pm.

  • Full Band Basics will be Thursday, July 27th  to Friday, July 28th from 9am-Noon. (This does include colorguard, drumline as they are part of the full band.)

  • Full Brass Sectional Thursday, July 27th 1-2pm. 

  • FULL BAND CAMP  Monday, July 31st through Friday, August 4th from 8am-4pm.

  • Evening Rehearsals will be the following Tuesday, Aug. 8th & Thursday, Aug. 10th 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 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.

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