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Cane's Dine Out Nite - Monday, January 22nd 4pm- 10pm

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


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. 

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Trombone Christmas Performance

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


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! 


Santa enjoys the music at our 1st Annual MESA Wonderland


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.  


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

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


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


Henry goes the extra mile fixing equipment


Patrick rests up on the way to the tournament


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


Cole offers Ethan a lift


Chick-fil-A Rally


Band in the Stands !


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!


Mesa on the Campus of USC


On the field at USC Game

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Our Beautiful Homecoming Queens Esperanza & Felicity


Megan at the rally


Jonathan perfecting his performance


Devon intently watching


Hailey reaching for her goals

Hailey reaching for her goals

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Keeping up that MESA Spirit !


Band Camp & Summer end with fun at the Beach

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Working Hard @ Band Camp


CMHS Marching Band Pregame

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Loving our new drums !

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


Having Fun marching at the HB 4th of July Parade


2017 CMHS Graduaiton


Senior Awards Night recipients


Jazz Band I ends the year "partying it up" with a great performance !


Drumline Keeps The Beat Going in the Balboa Parade


Esperanza Selected as Top Performing Arts Scholar


9th - 11th graders were honored in our CMHS Scholar Rangers award ceremony May 24th.  Performing Arts nominees included Zaid Batarseh, Gustavo Ruiz, Liam Cavanaugh and Stephanie Windsor.  Medallions winners were Cole Jackson & Esperanza Hart.  Esperanza was the plaque winner as the top CMHS Performing Arts Scholar this year.  Congrats to all ! 

Terry & Zaid perform as part of the Cerritos College Honor Band


Terry Cowley, trombone & Zaid Batarseh, clarinet (pictured with Kansas State University Director of Bands,  Dr. Frank Tracz & Cerritos College Director of Bands, David Betancourt) were chosen to be a part of the Cerritos College Honor Band.  The group rehearsed throughout the week and then performed at the Burnight Theater on the campus of Cerritos College on Thursday, May 25th.  The guys said they had a great time and learned a lot .  Thank you for representing CMHS !



Thanks to all of the Jazz Band members, band member volunteers & parents, participating jazz bands and adjudicators who helped to make our 2nd Annual MESA Jazz Festival such a success !  Both Jazz Bands put on great performances as well, both earning a "Superior" ratings by the judges.  Jazz Band II soloists, Heyward Bradford and Travis Campbell and Jazz Band I soloists Casey Campbell and Liam Cavanaugh were awarded outstanding soloists by the judges as well.  Great Job Everyone ! 

Jazz Band I earns a Superior Rating @ Coronado Jazz Festival

Jazz Band I earns a Superior Rating @ Coronado Jazz Festival

Both Jazz Bands put on great performances and had a great day at the Corondo Jazz Festival.  Outstanding solo certificates were won by Casey Campbell, Stephanie Windsor & Gustavo Ruiz for Jazz Band I & Heyward Bradford, Hartley Tran & Landon Stein for Jazz Band II.  Casey Campbell also earned overall outstanding soloist for the division in the entire festival.  Great job everyone ! 

Jazz Band II earns an Excellent rating @ Coronado Jazz Festival.

Jazz Band II earns an Excellent rating at Coronado Jazz Festival.

2017 Drumline moments



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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 !  


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

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Landon & Mrs. Gilboe play at HB Tuba Christmas


Meet our Staff

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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

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

Bravo, Bravo, Bravo

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.

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Instrumental Music Calendar

This Week in Band....1-22-2018

0 Periods:

Monday – Jazz I, Jazz II (3-4pm), Color Guard & Musical Pit (5:30pm-8:30pm)

Tuesday – Small Ensembles, ,Drumline (6-8pm)

Wednesday – Color Guard, Jazz Band II (3-4pm)

Thursday – Jazz Band I, Color Guard, Drumline (6-8pm)

Friday – Zzzzz


This Week:

Monday, Jan. 22ndDine Out Nite @ Raising Cane’s (4pm – 10pm)

Tuesday, Jan. 23rdGirls Basketball Game vs. Estancia (6pm – 9pm)

Wednesday, Jan. 24th - Boys Basketball Game vs. Estancia (6pm – 9pm)

Friday, Jan. 26th – Boys Basketball Game vs. Saddleback (6pm-9pm)


Upcoming Events:

Fri., Feb. 2nd – Vanguard University Small Ensemble Festival

Fri., Feb. 2nd – Boys Basketball Game vs. Laguna Beach

Congratulations on a Fantastic Marching Band Season !


Great Seniors and Great Leadership This Year !


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


Our Fantastic Seniors at the 2017 Senior Night Football Game

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


2017 Field Show Season begins with a terrific performance !


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


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


2017 CMHS Field Show "REACH"

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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 !


Congratulations to our fantastic class of 2017 - Thank you all for sharing your talents & dedication !

Estevan Bahena, Casey Campbell, Marissa Castro, Adlih Cervantes, Viviana Flores, Carolina Garza, Ziyah Jordan,  Nancy Le, Geovany Lopez, Liz Ruiz, Brian Segovia, Christine Tran & Diego Vidrio


2017 Band Awards Banquet Brings Great Memories

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Drumline Medals at ADLA Championships

The CMHS Drumline performed an awesome show at the American Drumline Association Championships @ Long Beach City College, earning 3rd place with the highest score this group has ever received, an 87.60 !  Congrats to all on a great season ! 

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Fun Times Playing @ Bloomingdales


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

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2017 "Drumming Up Business"




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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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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2017-18 Instrumental Music Performance Calendar



5th    (Thursday):  Homecoming Rally

6th   (Friday):  Homecoming Game vs. Calvary Chapel @ Mustangs Field (meet @ 5pm)

7th (Saturday):  USC Band Day (USC Football vs. Oregon State @ L.A. Coliseum) Fight On !

12th (Thursday):  Back to School Night

13th (Friday):  Away Football Game vs. Laguna Beach @ L.B.H.S. (meet @ 5pm)

14th (Saturday):  CSBC “Newport Beach Open” marching band competition @ N.H.H.S.

20th (Friday):  Battle of the Bell Football Game vs. Estancia @ Mustangs Field

21st (Saturday):  CSBC Marching Band Tournament @ Capo Valley H.S.

27th (Friday):  Home Football Game vs. Godinez @ Mustangs Field

28th (Saturday): CSBC “OC Invitational” Marching Band Tournament @ Westminster H.S.



1st (Wednesday): We Host  Marching Band Tournament “South Coast Invitational”

@ Mustangs Field (4pm – 10pm)

2nd (Thursday):  Away Football Game vs. Saddleback @ Segerstrom H.S. (meet @ 5pm)

4th (Saturday): CSBC Marching Band Tournament @ San Clemente H.S.

11th (Saturday):  CSBC Marching Band Semi-Finals (TBD)

18th (Saturday):  Marching Band Championships @ HBHS (TBD)

30th (Thursday): Family Arts Night VAPA Wonderland Holiday Event @ 5:30pm,

                          CMHS Enclave – Jazz Band I performs



9th (Saturday):  Tix for Teens, “Big Band Christmas” @ Henry & Renee Segerstrom, 8pm

                         (limited free tickets)

13th (Wednesday):  “Sounds of the Season” Holiday Concert @ CMHS PAC, all bands & strings

14th (Thursday):  Holiday Assemblies @ CMHS PAC (during school)

15th (Friday):  Santa’s Village @ Lunch



10th (Wednesday):  Boys Basketball Game vs. Calvary Chapel

14th (Sunday): Tix for Teens, “L.A. Philharmnic w/.Itzak Perlman” @ Henry & Renee Segerstrom,

                        3pm (limited free tickets)

17th (Wednesday):  Boys Basketball Game vs. Godinez

23rd (Tuesday):  Girls Basketball Game vs. Estancia (Battle of the Bell)

24th (Wednesday):  Boys Basketball Game vs. Estancia (Battle of the Bell)

26th (Friday): Boys Basketball Game vs. Saddleback

Musical Pit Orchestra rehearsals tbd



2nd (Friday):  Vanguard University Small Ensemble Festival (tentative)

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

5th (Monday):  Middle School Rally - Intermediate Band

10th (Saturday):  Color Guard @Woodbridge

Musical Pit Orchestra rehearsals tbd



1st – 4th (Thurs.-Sun.):  CMHS Musical Opens CMHS PAC

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

8th-11th (Thurs.-Sun.):  CMHS Musical CMHS PAC

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

10th (Saturday):  possible color guard event (save this date)

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.

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

26th (Monday):  NMUSD String Festival @ Newport Harbor H.S.

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



7th (Saturday):  ADLA Drumline competition @ Mission Hills H.S.

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

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

11th (Wednesday):  NMUSD Band Festival @ CMHS Gym

12th (Thursday):  Open House (possible performance)

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

14th (Saturday):  WGASC Championships (TBD)

21st or 28th  (Saturday):  ADLA Champsionships

Possible Jazz Festival (TBD)



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

17th (Thursday):  possible jazz band performance

24th (Thursday):  Small Ensemble Musicale, 7pm CMHS PAC

26th (Tuesday):  District Arts Showcase @ OCC (Jazz Band I)

Knotts Berry Farm CommunityTalent Showcase (TBD)

Possible Jazz Festival (TBD)



7th  (Thursday):  POPS SHOWCASE, 7pm CMHS Performing Arts Center

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

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

20th  (Wednesday):  Middle School Promotion

21st (Thursday):  High School Graduation





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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