Mission Viejo High School Instrumental Music

New Parent Welcome

Hello new Marching Band & Color Guard Parents!

Welcome to the MVHS Marching Band & Color Guard! As your Marching Band Manager for the 2020-21 season, I am so excited to have your student as part of our program. There is much to learn and absorb, but please know that I am only an email away and am happy to answer any questions you have along the way. I would like to highlight some key info (note that much of this may be changing for this unique season, but this gives you a general overview of how a “normal” season works):

Marching Band Camp is held the two weeks prior to the start of school, for students to begin rehearsing the field show. Please keep these days clear as the rehearsals are typically all morning with sectional rehearsals in the afternoon and/or evening. These are long days for the kids but they are also super fun! Uniform Fitting for Marching Band & Color Guard will also be scheduled during this time. This is when students will need to purchase their gear for the season. A price list and recommended items for new students will be posted prior to Fitting Day. All of our scheduled competition dates can be found on the Calendar.

All Marching Band & Color Guard students are required by the school district to have Athletic Clearance from their doctor. You can find the form and instructions under Forms, and it needs to be uploaded at athleticlearance.com prior to the beginning of Marching Band Camp. Please check that any other necessary Forms are filled out and turned in as well, prior to or at Fitting Day.

Program Donations are crucial to our program’s success and are needed to cover the majority of our budget.  For Marching Band & Color Guard, we request a donation of $500 per student (for the 2020-21 season, the program donation will be $250) to cover operational expenses, as well as an additional amount (TBD) to cover the WBA Championships trip. Please also consider volunteering your time for at least one event this season, either at a football game or a competition. There are lots of great ways to be involved.

We love to have parents come and watch evening practices at the football field! It is always fascinating to watch the kids go through the rehearsal process and be able to find your student on the field out of uniform (because it can get really tricky when they are all dressed!).

Make sure you sign up with Music Notes and email me to be included in all Marching Band emails. As a parent of a Music student, you are automatically part of the MVHSIMBA Booster Association. We encourage you to join our Booster meetings on the first Tuesday of every month at 7 pm in the Band Room.

Again, welcome to this amazing program. Go Mission!

Dana Barnes
MVHS Marching Band Manager