ABOUT MVHS MUSIC
Mission Viejo High School is located in Mission Viejo, California, and is part of the Saddleback Valley Unified School District (SVUSD). The MVHS Instrumental Music program has a long history of music excellence across its many ensembles. Under the direction of Diane Lee, along with many passionate world-class instructors and coaches who are outstanding in their field, students develop not only their musical abilities but their work ethic, teamwork and leadership skills.
Raising funds is critical towards the success of the program and the students, which is why it is highly encouraged for parents to participate by becoming a board member. The Instrumental Music program is supported by the MVHS Instrumental Music Boosters Association (MVHSIMBA), which provides funds and volunteer hours through the generous assistance of parents and volunteers. All parents of Instrumental Music students are automatically given membership into MVHSIMBA and are encouraged to actively participate through fundraising, volunteering and donating to the program.
Parent support of our students is vital to the success of these wonderful young adults, and this program cannot happen without parent support and volunteers. There is no better encouragement than for the student to know they are supported by friends and family! Attend home football games when the Marching Band & Color Guard are performing their show at halftime. Come to competitions and wear Booster Red!
A 2-time WGI World Champion and 12-time SCPA Gold Medalist Percussion Ensemble, and under the direction of Mr. Roger Carter, Mission Viejo Alumni and percussion caption head of the world-class Drum Corps, The Bluecoats, winter drumline is simply the battery (snare drums, bass drums, quads, and cymbals), as well as the front ensemble (xylophone, marimba, and vibes), put in a gym, marching on the floor and running around playing drums, putting on a story through drumming and theatrical performance.
Colorguard is more than a form of dance, but rather a control of the body, and use of equipment with choreography to enhance the visual effects of a Marching Band show. During the winter and early spring, the Color Guard competes indoors and is known as Winter Guard. The performers often compete barefoot, but wearing jazz shoes or modern dance shoes is also common practice. The colorguard is under the direction of Mr. Robby Jacobson, who also is a colorguard technician for the world-class Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps.
The Concert Ensembles consist of Wind Ensemble, Orchestra Winds, and String Orchestra, and are part of the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA). Students enroll in year-long classes that perform around four concerts a year in the MVHS Performing Arts Theater as well as at various festivals in the spring. Our concert ensembles have also performed in several world-renowned venues such as the Segerstrom Center, and Carnegie Hall in New York.
The Mission Viejo High School Jazz Band is comprised of musicians from all grade levels who audition to earn a place in this highly-talented band of approximately twenty players. Under the direction of Diane Lee, jazz performances move beyond the traditional stage to also Include a cabaret-style Jazz Night In December and Jazz under the Stars In June. At their performances, the Jazz Band plays a variety of jazz, including swing, Latin, modern and many big band standards.
There are a number of ways to be involved with the Instrumental Music program, from one-time commitments to a year-long position on the MVHSIMBA Boosters Board. You can choose to volunteer from home, at events, or any combination that fits with YOUR schedule.