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Casey Campbell is selected Artist of the Week


Casey Campbell - OC Register, Varsity Arts "Artist of the Week" April 16, 2017


Jazz Cabaret was a SWINGIN' success !

Thank you to all of the Jazz Band members, the parents who organized, set up and implemented all of the food, tables & reservations and the student hosts who worked at this year's Jazz Cabaret !  The four concerts all went extremely well and a good time was had by all.  The Jazz Bands put on some great performances ! 

Working Hard @ Winterguard competition

Working Hard @ Winterguard competition

Pit Orchestra for "Beauty & the Beast" did a great job !


"Drummin' Up Business"


So Proud of the CMHS Small Ensemble Participants !


We are "Drummin' Up Business" with our 2017 CMHS Drumline

The CMHS Drumline got off to a good start at their first ADLA competition on March11th @ Marina H.S. earning 3rd place.  The judges were excited to see more of our show, as we only performed the first act.  Thanks to the parents who came out to help and let's keep on WORKING drumline ! (picture to come)


Jazz Band has a great week of performances !

Mesa's Jazz did not rest during the President's Break as they performed in two festivals and a community event.  The Jazz Band earned Superior ratings in both festivals from the judges.  The rhythm section was also awarded outstanding section in both festivals as well.  The Music Festivals event also awarded outstanding soloists awards to Nancy Le on alto sax, Stephanie Windsor on guitar and Casey Campbell on piano.  The Vanguard Jazz Festival event also awarded outstanding soloists to Gustavo Ruiz on trombone, Stephanie Windsor on guitar and Casey Campbell on piano.  The week was capped off with a community performance at the CM Baha'i center's event.  Great job to all ! 


Pep Band shows it's MESA Pride !


Mesa Band Members perform in 2017 Chapman University Honor Band

On Saturday, February 4th, 2017 CMHS Advanced Band members Han Nguyen - percussion, Ethan Gay - euphonium, Gustavo Ruiz - trombone and  Jean-Paul Trujillo - flute performed as members of the Chapman University Honor Band.  The quartet went through all day rehearsals, along with other Orange County honor band students in preparation for the evening concert at the new Musco Center on the campus of Chapman University.  The students had a great experience and the group sounded amazing !  


Jazz Band uses their skills at their Car Wash fundraiser

Jazz Band uses their skills at their Car Wash fundraiser

Joe & Terry "slide in" the holidays at "Trombone Christmas" at Garden Walk in Ahaheim

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Casey Campbell is selected Artist of the Week


Landon & Mrs. Gilboe play at HB Tuba Christmas


Color Guard was on fire at semi-finals & earns a 86.5 !

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Senior Night

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MESA Band 's Rose Bowl performance with UCLA to 70,000 fans

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Meet our 2016 Marching Band Leadership

Color Guard Captains:  Naomi & Esperanza

Drum Majors: Marissa & Zaid

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Sandy Gilboe, director

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Patty Awaa, string coach

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Rhonda Choat, color guard coach

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Alex Bostelman, drum coach

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Chris Henrriquez, marching coach

MESA "represented" at the HB 4th of July Parade !

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Drummers "got the beat" at Balboa Parade


Esperanza & Ziyah perform at the CM Memory Center

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The Color Guard gave back to the community when they performed for the Costa Mesa Memory Center's BBQ lunch that honored local police and fire fighters.  


1st Annual MESA Jazz Festival is a success !

May 7th marked the 1st Annual MESA Jazz Festival @ CMHS. The event went great thanks to the parent & student help, the wonderful adjudicators and of course the Jazz Bands who participated.  Thanks so much to all for making this first year so successful! 

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MESA Shines at District Band Festival

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The Bovaird Brothers rated superior on their Brass Trio

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Zaid & Jean-Paul scored superior on their duet

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The Good Times Rolled on our trip to New Orleans

The Costa Mesa & Huntington Beach Band students and parents had a great trip to New Orleans this spring!  We certainly got to embrace all of the sights, sounds and tastes of "The Big Easy"!  So much history and culture in New Orleans to take in, from The French Quarter to a Plantation, from Preservation Hall to a swamp on the bayou, from the mighty Mississippi on a steamboat to the incredible array of Jazz Music the city is known for. 

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District String Festival

Mesa had a great showing at the District String Festival @ Corona del Mar H.S. on Tuesday, March 29th.  Our 44 musicians were well prepared and did a great job performing their selections.  So proud of our students on our first time at this festival ! 


Great Job on BRAVO Concert !

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Thanks to everyone for your hard work at our BRAVO concert, March 24th!  

Bravo, Bravo, Bravo


Great Job @ Jazz Cabaret !

Congrats on a great job to Jazz Band I & II members at the Jazz Cabaret performances.  Thanks to the parents who organized the food & decor and the band members who acted as hosts for the event.  

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Shrek Pit Orchestra

Great job to the pit orchestra who worked hard & did an awesome job on Shrek the musical ! 


Han, Gustavo & Ethan represent CMHS well in the Chapman University H.S. Honor Band

Congrats to Han, Gustavo & Ethan who spent Saturday, Feb. 28th as a part of the Chapman University H.S. Honor Band.  The boys participated in master classes, rehearsals and an final performance with other honor students from all over Southern California.  The concert was exceptional and the boys represented CMHS with pride!  Awesome job guys!

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Having Fun performing with the Disneyland Band !


Christopher, Alondra, Campbell & Christine performed with Mickey Mouse and the Disneyland Band for 1,000+ 2nd Graders on Feb. 19th @ Mariners Church in Irvine.  


Teresa, Luis & Christian give a standing ovation

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Students Enjoying The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Costa Mesa instrumental music students had the opportunity to go see the London based "Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" perform at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Performing Arts Center through the O.C. Philharmonic's Tix-for-Teens program.  They all thoroughly enjoyed the all Mozart Concert which featured a violin concerto, piano concerto and Mozart's famous 40th Symphony.

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Caroling, Caroling !


Tuba Quartet Carols for the Holidays

Topher, Andrew, Gustavo & Terry perform for the CMHS Foundation & OCMA


Gustavo & Terry perform at HB's 2015 Tuba Christmas !


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Cole Jackson plays for Art Gallery Event @ SOCO


Spooktacular Strings

Spooktacular Strings

Marching Band Enjoys Cirque du Soleil's "Kurios"

Marching Band Enjoys Cirque du Soleil's

CMHS Plays at Segerstrom Center's Jazz Weekend !

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MARCHING BAND plays in front of 67,000 fans @ the UCLA Game


Diana & Ruth with our UCLA Guide


Cole & the UCLA Cheerleaders


Esperanza cheers on the team with the UCLA Yell Leader




Thanks For Volunteering this Summer !

A Huge Thanks to all of the families who volunteered at our Fireworks Booth and the Fair Parking Days.  You are awesome and are what makes our program work !  BRAVO

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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.


Drumline goes into champs with three 1st Place wins for the "Drummin' Up Business" show !

2017 Is All Business with their 1st Place Win @ ADLA Westminster H.S. 

Color Guard had a great 2017 competition season with their "Farmer Bob & the Hot Chicks" show !

2017 Color Guard is shaking their tail feathers in competition

CMHS Band events

THIS WEEK IN BAND.....4-24-2017


Monday:  Drumline, Color Guard, Jazz II – set up in gym for rally (don’t forget performance clothes ! )

Tuesday:  Jazz Band I (in theater), Drumline (6-9pm)


Thursday: Drumline (6-9pm)

Friday: Small Ensembles, *possible Drumline (tbd if we can’t get large gym Tues/Thurs)



Wednesday, April 26th – BRAVO CONCERT, 7pm CMPAC

(Advanced Band, Intermediate Band, Orchestra, Jazz Band I)

Saturday, April 22nd – ADLA Drumline Championships @ Long Beach City College

 (Performance time tbd)



Saturday, May 6th – Coronado Jazz Festival (Both Jazz Bands)

Wednesday, May 10th - Parent meeting (6:30pm - 8pm)

Saturday, May 13th – MESA Jazz Festival @ CMHS (Both Jazz Bands & we host)

Saturday, May 20th – Color Guard Sharp Student Choreography Competition @ Woodbridge H.S.

Saturday, May 20th - *New event – Jazz Band performance @ private party





Congrats to all of the CMHS Small Ensemble members who did a great job at the Vanguard Small Ensemble Festival.  Pictured:  Ethan Gay, Emma Erskine, Han Nguyen, Brian Vuong (percussion quartet)

Check out the CMHS Color Guard's 2017 Show

Check out the CMHS Color Guard's 2017 Show

Color Guard earns 2nd place at their first competition for 2017 & then garners 3rd/4th in upper division

Winterguard season has begun and Costa Mesa's color guard is ready !  They did an awesome job on their first time out this season  on Saturday, Feb. 26th at the Orange Invitational.  Coach, Rhonda Choat was very pleased with their performance, as were the judges who awarded them 1st place ! The judges were also very impressed and "bumped" the team up to a more difficult division.  They have been moving up the ranks and received 3rd place at the Valencia show on April 1st and 4th at the Mayfair show on April 2nd.  Keep it up ! 

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MESA performs with Disneyland Band @ Segerstrom Concert Hall

Nancy Le, Anna To, Zaid Batarseh & Terry Cowley performed at the Henry & Renee Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, with the Disneyland Band on Tuesday, January 24th.  The performance was part of the Philharmonic Society's program for area 2nd graders.  Great Job ! 


Color Guard gets into the Christmas Spirit !

The color guard brought joy to a holiday event at CBI in Tustin with their performance and help!  They are definitely on Santa's "Nice List" !

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Casey Campbell is selected Artist of the Week


Coin Wars Competition Was Good For Everyone

It was another exciting year of COIN WARS at band camp all week.  Strategies of how much money to put in the various section jars & when, and who to sabotage varied from section to section.  In the end the Clarinet/Flute Section prevailed with the highest total!  Great job to all of the sections.  Special thanks to Yvette Calendar for organizing & implementing this fundraiser ! Monies raised will go back to social events for the Marching Band ! 

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2016 Band Trip to New Orleans

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MESA Jazz I gets feedback from Adjudicators at the 1st Annual MESA Jazz Festival


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)



Casey Campbell is selected Artist of the Week

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2016-17 2nd Semester Performance Calendar


3rd (Friday):  CM Boys Basketball Game vs. Godinez (6pm – 8:30pm)

4th (Saturday):  Color Guard Classification show @ Woodbridge H.S.

4th (Saturday):  Chapman University Honor Band (select students)

8th (Wednesday):  CM Girls Basketball Game vs. Estancia (6pm – 8:30pm)

8th (Wednesday):  Parent meeting (6:30pm-8:00pm) band room

9th (Thursday):  High School Rally (Adv. Band plays)

9th (Thursday):  CM Boys Basketball Game vs. Estancia

14th (Tuesday):  Musical Valentines (band officers)

17th-20th (Fri.-Mon.):  Jazz Band I Booster event

21st – 26th :  Possible musical pit rehearsals – keep times available

25th (Saturday):  Color Guard WGASC Orange Invitational @ Marina H.S.

25th (Saturday):  Jazz Festival @ VanGuard University (Jazz I) , times tbd

26th (Sunday):  Jazz Band I performance at event (Bahai Center) times;  approx. 2-7pm



8th (Wednesday):  Parent meeting, 6:30-8pm in band room

10th (Friday):  Small Ensemble Festival @ VanGuard University (times tbd)

11th (Saturday):  Drum Line ADLA competition @ Marina H.S.

15th (Wednesday):  Tix for Teens “St. Petersburg Philharmonic” @ Henry & Renee Segerstrom

18th (Saturday):  Color Guard WGASC competition @ Valencia H.S.

13th-23rd:  Possible musical pit rehearsals – keep times available

19th (Sunday):  Drum Line ADLA competition @ Westminster H.S.

24th-25th (Friday/Saturday):  CMHS Musical “Beauty & the Beast”, 7pm CMHS Performing Arts Center

25th (Saturday):  Drum Line ADLA competition @ Tustin H.S.

29th (Wednesday):  District String Festival @ Newport Harbor H.S. Theater

30th -31st (Thursday/Friday):  CMHS Musical “Beauty & the Beast”, 7pm CMHS Performing Arts Center



1st (Saturday):  CMHS Musical “Beauty & the Beast”, 2pm & 7pm, CMHS Performing Arts Center

2nd (Sunday):  Color Guard WGASC competition @ Mayfair H.S.

3rd (Monday):  District Band Festival @ CMHS Gym

5th (Wednesday):  Parent meeting, 6:30pm – 8pm, band room

6th (Thursday):  Open House (possible performance)

8th (Saturday):  Drum Line ADLA competition @ AB Miller H.S.

9th (Sunday):  Color Guard WGASC competition @ HBHS (we run concessions)

19th/20th (Wed./Thurs.):  Jazz Cabaret, CMHS Performing Arts Center

22nd (Saturday):  Color Guard WGASC Championships

22nd (Saturday):  Drum Line ADLA Semi Finals, Riverside King H.S.

26th (Wednesday):  BRAVO Instrumental Music Concert “Red, White & Blues”, 7pm CMHS  PAC

29th (Saturday):  ADLA Drumline Championships @ Long Beach City College (6am - 4pm)



6th (Saturday):  Coronado Jazz Festival @ Coronado H.S. (Jazz Bands)

13th (Saturday):  2nd Annual MESA Jazz Festival, CMHS Performing Arts Center (Jazz Bands)

20th (Saturday): Color Guard Sharp Choreography Competition @ Woodbridge H.S.

20th (Saturday):  Jazz Band I - performace @ private party (approx. 4pm-9pm)

22nd (Monday):  Marching Band perform for Special Olympics @ CMHS (9am-noon event)

30th (Tuesday):  Jazz Band I performance @ District Art Show @ OCC (4pm-6:30pm)



1st (Thursday):  POPS SHOWCASE “Couch Potatoes”:  7pm CMHS PAC

5th (Monday):  Middle School Musicians Concert “Case of the Missing Piccolo”: 7pm CMHS PAC

6th (Tuesday):  Knotts Berry Farm Community Talent Showcase (M.S. Bands)

9th (Friday):  Band Banquet (CMHS Theater/Enclave)

14th (Wednesday):  Parent meeting, 6:30pm – 8pm, band room

20th (Tuesday):  Senior Awards Night (CMHS PAC - possible Jazz I perform)

21st (Wednesday):  Middle School Promotion (CMHS Mustangs Field – Int. Band & 8th graders perform)

22nd (Thursday):  High School Graduation (CMHS Mustangs Field – Adv. Band perform)



1st – 4th (Sat.-Tues.):  CMHS Instrumental Music Boosters Fireworks Booth (volunteers needed)


2016-17 Band Booster Board

President:  Jill Cavanaugh

Band Vice President:  Ruth Doss-Fillmore

Color Guard Vice President:  Daniella Ramos & Jennifer Pollock

Treasurer:  Ally Castro

Secretary:  Jesse Castro

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