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Jazz I performs for the judges at the Fullerton Jazz Festival

2018 Jazz I at Fullerton Jazz Festival

2018 CMHS Color Guard

2018 Mesa Winter Guard group picture

Rick & Andrea perform magic - creating a new custom shirt for Drumline

andrea and rick work on a new shirt for drumline
Ta Da - Zaid in instant new shirt

Mr. St. Royal acknowledges Zaid's summer music service and scholarship to Van Guard University

Nick St.Royal acknowledges Zaid Batarseh at District band festival

Thank you band members for the birthday surprise performance!

Surprise birthday band for special birthday

MESA's band and color guard pose with motivational speaker Kevin Laue

band members with inspirational speaker Kevin Laue

Eperanza & Santiago are all smiles after the color guard earns 2nd place at the WGASC Sweetwater competition


Drumline has a great performance of their "DNA" show at the ADLA Mission Hills competition


Thank you Boosters for all of the pizza!

Heyward with a big pizza

Zaid, Mario & Ruth have it under control at the Bobs Ice Cream fundraiser!

Ruth, Zaid   Mario working at Bobs Ice Cream

Thank you Jose for your great art design for the BRAVO Concert!


The Orchestra puts on two great performances in March at the NMUSD String Festival & the BRAVO Concert.

2018 orchestra group picture

Color Guard is all smiles about the progress of their show

color guard team full of smiling faces

This year's Jazz Cabaret was a Swinging Success !

jazz band at jazz cabaret

Color Guard start their season off with a rally performance

Color Guard performs at the school rally

MESA Band students selected to perform with the Chapman University Honor Band

students pictured at Chapman University s Musico

Terry, Ethan, Emma, Zaid, Landon, Gustavo, Han & Jean-Paul represented MESA as they were selected to perform at the Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University as selected members of the Chapman University Honor Band.  

The Nguyens brought new life to our marimba by crafting a new frame & sprucing it up !

Henry and Han Nguyen with new marimba frame they built

PEP Band shows its MESA School Spirit at the CMHS Boys Basketball CIF Playoff Games

CMHS pep band performs at CIF boys basketball playoffs

Great Performances at the Van Guard Small Ensemble Festival

CMHS sax trio perform at Vanguard University

Betsy, Carlos and Cole having fun with "Zoot Suit Riot".

string ensemble pose for picture at VanGuard University festival

The String Octet of Blake, Byron, Silvia, Cole, Blanca, Alex, Tannia & Elizabeth did an amazing job, earning a Superior Rating.  They really put in the extra work and it paid off ! 

Paige and Ben receive Excellent medal at small ensemble festival

Middle School violinists Paige and Ben did a great job, performing their first duet for the judges.  

Orchestra's double bass & cello players rehearse for upcoming performances

cellos and basses rehearse for upcoming concert

Tix for Teens "Los Angeles Philharmonic" concert @ Henry & Renee Segerstrom Concert Hall

students go to Segerstrom Concert Hall to see the LA Phil and pose for a picture

Basketball Pep Band Season is Here !

Terry and Cole start the year off with their enthusiastic playing at our first home conference game for the boys basketball team. 

cole on bari sax and terry on sousaphone pose for a picture

Trombone Christmas Performance

Landon & Terry spread holiday cheer with fellow trombone players at "Trombone Christmas" in Garden Walk.

landon, terry and friends at Trombone Christmas 2017

Deck the Halls with Holiday Spirit

Thanks to the marching band students, headed up by Cole & Zaid who brought holiday spirit to our room. They also won the school  door decorating contest! 

band room wins christmas door decorating contest

Santa enjoys the music at our 1st Annual MESA Wonderland

ensemble plays while Santa looks on at MESA Winter Wonderland event

Merry Tuba Christmas !

Gustavo, Terry & Landon got into the holiday spirit when they played in Downtown Huntington Beach's Tuba Christmas Concert on Sunday, Nov. 19th.  

Gus, Terry   Landon at TubaChristmas in Huntington Beach

Thank you parents for helping us REACH for our Goals this year !

dedicated marching band parents pose for a picture at competition

We couldn't have done it without our fantastic Booster President Jill Cavanaugh

Jill Cavanaugh poses with REACH cake for the band

Tom shows his super power by moving a tree for our bus

Tom Fillmore saves our bus by moving a giant tree out of the way

Henry goes the extra mile fixing equipment

Han   Henry Nguyen working on a marimba

Patrick rests up on the way to the tournament

Patrick works so hard he falls asleep on bus ride to competition

The Band has "MESA SPIRIT" at our last football game of the season

band in the stands at the football game
band in the stands at the football game

Cole offers Ethan a lift

Cole carries Ethan on his shoulders

Chick-fil-A Rally

pep band plays at Chick-fil-et rally
Santiago, Cian   Esperanza enjoy Chick-fil-et food after rally

Band in the Stands !

band in the stands at the football game
band in the stands at the football game
band in the stands at the football game

Color Guard shines with their performance at the "Newport Beach Open" competition

Our color guard impressed the crowd and the judges with their wonderful performance and fantastic ladder work during our REACH field show !  Great job team!

2017 Marching Band color guard pose for a picture

On the field at USC Game

Gus on the field at the USC football game for band day
on the field at the USC football game for band day
heyward on the field at USC football game band day

Our Beautiful Homecoming Queens Esperanza & Felicity


Megan at the rally


Jonathan perfecting his performance


Devon intently watching


Keeping up that MESA Spirit !


Band Camp & Summer end with fun at the Beach

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band bonfire at guard tower 2017.jpeg
band bon fire 2017.jpeg

Working Hard @ Band Camp


CMHS Marching Band Pregame

2017 football game.jpg

Loving our new drums !

football drums 2017.jpg

Han & Brian working hard as part of the Impulse Drum & Bugle Corps


Having Fun marching at the HB 4th of July Parade


Sandra Gilboe

CMHS / CMMS Instrumental Music

The Costa Mesa High School Instrumental Music Department is made up of Beginning Band, Intermediate Band, Advanced Band, Marching Band, Color Guard, Jazz Band, Drum Line, Strings and Small Ensemble student groups ranging from 7th to 12th grade.  The goal of the program is to provide a quality program for each level that uses the state music education standards and performing opportunities to enhance each student's experience.

Thanks for a Great Winter Guard Season Color Guard !

color guard celebrates end of the season

Drumline's Semi Finals performance lands them 1st place in their round and a spot in the ADLA Championships Finals!

CMHS drumline at ADLA semi finals

Instrumental Music Calendar

This Week in Band....4-23-2018

0 Periods:

Monday – Jazz I, Jazz II (3-4pm)

Tuesday – Small Ensembles, Drumline (6-9pm)

Wednesday – Jazz II (3-4pm)

Thursday – Jazz I, Drumline (6-9pm)

Friday – Zzzzz

Color Guard – per Rhonda


This Week:  

Monday, April 23rd – Jazz I - “Bus Driver Appreciation” @ District Office (2nd/4th periods)

Saturday, April 28th – ADLA Drumline Championships @ Felix Event Center/Azusa Pacific       University (1:00pm performance)  Meet @ CMHS – 6:30am (see attachment)


Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, May 8thMiddle School musicians “Knotts Berry Farm Community Talent Showcase”

Wednesday, May 9th – May Parent meeting (6:30pm) elections for 2018-19 board/chairs

Friday, May 12th  - “MESA Jazz Festival” (all day) @ CMHS PAC

Thursday, May 17th - Jazz I perform @ “Mayors Celebration”, CM Hilton

Monday, May 21st  - “Musicale” – Small Ensemble recital, 7pm CMHS PAC

Tuesday, May 29th  - Jazz I perform @ NMUSD “District Arts Festival”

Great performances at the NMUSD District Band Festival on April 11th in our CMHS Gym!

Donovan plays timpani at the NMUSD district band festival

Mesa's 2nd place at the WGASC Sweetwater Winterguard Competition puts the color guard in a great spot going into finals!

2018 CMHS Color Guard on competition floor

Mesa's band is part of the OC Marketplace Grand Re-Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Mesa Band at OC Marketplace ribbon cutting ceremony

MESA band rocks the OC Marketplace

MESA Band at OC Marketplace reopening performance

2018 Drumline's DNA show

2018 Drumline DNA show

We LOVE the supportive Drumline Parents !!!

supportive drumline parents at competition

"Bring It On" the musical, comes alive with our awesome pit orchestra !

pit orchestra students from  Bring It On , the musical

This year's pit orchestra made up of Casey Campbell (synthesizer), Terry Cowley (bass), Cole Jackson (guitar), Han Nguyen (drum set), Emma Erskine (percussion) & Stephanie Windsor (guitar), do an amazing job.  In addition, our award winning CMHS Drumline battery adds to the productions as they perform with the cheerleaders in the 2nd Act.  

MESA performs with Disneyland Band @ Segerstrom Performing Arts Center

Disney Characters and representatives with the CMHS band students and teacher

Ethan, Betsy, Brian and Kendall performed with the Disneyland Band as part of the Philharmonics Society's 35th Anniversary of The American Band program at the Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts.

MESA groups put on AWESOME performances at this year's Van Guard University Small Ensemble Festival

keyboard percussion quartet performs at Vanguard University

The keyboard percussion quartet of Han Nguyen, Brian Vuong, Emma Erskine & Ethan Gay were one of five CMHS groups who received Superior ratings at this year's Van Guard University Small Ensemble festival.  Groups who received superior ratings were also selected to perform for the recital at the end of the night.  Other CMHS superior ratings were given to Jean Paul Trujillo - flute solo, Terry Cowley - baritone solo, Cole Jackson/Carlos Gutierrez/Betsy Avila - sax trio and the High School String octet.  Seven other groups did a great job, earning Excellent ratings.  They included the Middle School string octet, Ben Vu/Paige Chung - violin duet, Seth Arce/Alex Chavez/Katelyn Sweet/Betsy Avila - mixed quartet, Sean Wucker/Emma Erskine/Mario Hernandez - bass drum trio, Luigi Palumbo/Jean Paul Trujillo - flute/clarinet duet, Jazmin Lopez/Daisy Avila - flute duet and Zaid Batarseh - clarinet solo.   GREAT JOB EVERYONE ! 

Getting into the Swing of Things with this year's awesome Jazz Ii

2018 Mesa Jazz Band II pose for a picture

Congratulations on a Fantastic Marching Band Season !

kelsey, han, zaid and santiago receive marching band awards at championships
2017 CMHS Marching Band on field at Championships

Great Seniors and Great Leadership This Year !

2017 CMHS Marching Band seniors pose for a picture

Color Guard Captains Esperanza & Naomi lead the team to five 1st Place Auxiliary Wins

Esperanza and Naomi hold award

Our Fantastic Seniors at the 2017 Senior Night Football Game

2017 CMHS football game senior night photo of band and color guard seniors

Zaid attempts to "steal the bell" at the Battle for the Bell Game

zaid pretends to capture Battle of the Bell trophy

2017 Field Show Season begins with a terrific performance !

2017 REACH marching band field show at Newport Harbor High School

Marching Band plays at the L.A. Coliseum for USC Band Day

Marching band poses at LA Coliseum arc at USC band day football game

Marching Band poses with "Tommy Trojan" at USC

Marching Band pose at Tommy Trojan statue at USC

Color Guard impresses with their "India" performance at the Homecoming Rally

color guard in full costumes from India puts on a great rally performance

2017 CMHS Field Show "REACH"

Shoot for the moon, even if you miss you ll land among the stars

Thanks to all who volunteered at our Fireworks Booths & Fair Parking ! YOU ROCK !!!

A HUGE thanks to all of the parent, student, family, alumni and friends who volunteered their time on behalf of our instrumental music program this summer.  Your amazing efforts are what will make our program work !  THANK YOU ALL !

The success of teamwork quote by Henry Ford

Volunteer to wash uniforms !


BOX TOP FUNDRAISER for all CMHS Band & Color Guard Members!

 We are continuing the Box Top Fundraiser and are asking everyone to bring in their box tops and deposit them in the Box Top Box in the front of Mrs. Gilboe's office in the band room.  What an easy fundraiser for the band to earn money!  Thanks to Mrs. Collier for running it.  Now Everyone BRING IN YOUR BOX TOPS !!!!


Parent Volunteers Needed !

How Can I Help ??? CONTRIBUTIONS !!!


The CMHS/MS Band Program cannot exist without parent contributions.  Here are some of the ways in which YOU can contribute:

1.  Donate money to the program.  (ex.  an instrument averages over $300 per instrument)

2.  Donate your talents.  (ex.  welder, seamstress, business connections, fundraising ideas, etc.)

3.  Help at events. (ex.  chaperone an event, take donations at concerts, help with concessions, work tournaments)

4.  Support your student!  (ex.  come to the concerts/events and support your students and the program)


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CMHS marching band trumpets in artistic photo

2017-18 2nd Semester Instrumental Music Performance Calendar


2nd (Friday):  Vanguard University Small Ensemble Festival 

2nd (Friday):  Basketball Game vs. Laguna Beach

6th (Tuesday):  CIF Basketball Game

7th (Wednesday):  Band Parent meeting @ 6:30pm

9th (Friday):  CIF Basketball Game

10th (Saturday):  Color Guard Classification show @Woodbridge

13th/14th (Tues/Wed.):  Musical Valentines (officers)

23rd (Friday):  Quartet w/Disneyland band performance @ Segerstrom Hall

24th (Saturday):  Selected students in Chapman Honor Band (rehearsal/performance)



2nd (Friday):  H.S. Rally (Color Guard/Pit Orch.)

2nd – 4th (Fri.-Sun.):  CMHS Musical “Bring It On” CMHS PAC

3rd (Saturday):  Winterguard competition @ Valencia H.S.

7th (Wednesday):  MARTch Madness Jazz Band I lunch performance

7th (Wednesday):  Band Parent meeting @ 6:30pm

9th-11th (Fri.-Sun.):  CMHS Musical “Bring It On” CMHS PAC

10th (Saturday):  ADLA Drumline competition @ Marina H.S.

13th/14th (Tues./Wed.):  Jazz Cabaret, 6:15pm & 8:15pm, CMHS PAC

17th (Saturday):  ADLA Drumline competition @ Aliso Niguel H.S.

17th (Saturday):  Winterguard competition @ Westminster H.S.

22nd (Thursday):  6th Grade visitation performance

25th (Sunday):  Winterguard competition @ Woodbridge H.S.

26th (Monday):  NMUSD String Festival @ NHHS

29th (Thursday):  BRAVO Concert “Coloring Outside The Lines”, 7pm CMHS PAC

31st (Saturday):  Seniors @ OC Marketplace



4th  (Wednesday):  Band parent meeting @ 6:30pm

7th (Saturday):  ADLA Drumline competition @ Mission Hills H.S., San Marcos CA

7th (Saturday):  Winterguard competition @ Valencia H.S., Placencia

8th (Sunday):  Winterguard competition @ Sweetwater, San Diego area

11th (Wednesday):  NMUSD Band Festival @ 6pm CMHS Gym – Advanced/Intermediate Bands

12th (Thursday):  CMHS Spring Spotlight - Open House (Jazz Band performance)

14th (Saturday):  ADLA Drumline Semi-Finals @ Riverside King H.S.

21st (Saturday):  WGASC Championships (TBD)

21st  (Saturday):  Fullerton Jazz Festival (Jazz I) 8:30am perf 

23rd (Monday):  Bus Driver Appreciation performance (Jazz I)

28th  (Saturday):  ADLA Champsionships @ Azusa Pacific University (TBD)



8th (Tuesday):  Knotts Berry Farm Community Talent Showcase (Middle School)

12th (Saturday):  3rd Annual MESA Jazz Festival, CMHS Performing Arts Center

17th (Thursday):  Art of Leadership Mayors Celebration @ CM Hilton - Jazz Band I performs

21st (Monday):  Small Ensemble “Musicale”, 7pm CMHS PAC

29th (Tuesday):  District Arts Festival @ O.C.C.- Jazz Band I performs



4th  (Monday):  POPS SHOWCASE,”Pop Culture”,  7pm CMHS Performing Arts Center

11th (Monday):  Middle School Musicians Concert “Decades”, 7pm CMHS PAC

15th or  16th (Friday or Saturday):  Band Awards Banquet  (TBD)

20th  (Wednesday):  Middle School Promotion @ Mustangs Field (Intermediate Band performs)

21st (Thursday):  High School Graduation @Mustangs Field (Advanced Band performs)



2017-18 Band Booster Board

President:  Jill Cavanaugh

Band Vice President:  Ruth Doss-Fillmore

Color Guard Vice President:  Heather Ferguson

Treasurer:  Dylan Rogan

Secretary:  Wendy Rogan

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artistic picture of marching band trumpets

Meet our MESA Instrumental Music Staff

Sandy Gilboe - Director

Sandy Gilboe, director

Patty Awaa - String Coach

Patty Awaa, string coach

Rhonda Choat - Color Guard Coach

Rhonda Choat, color guard coach

Alex Bostelman - Drumline Coach

Alex Bostelman, drumline coach

Chris Henrriquez - Marching/Visual Coach

Chris Henrriquez, marching visual coach