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Jazz Band trumpets with Jeff Bunnell at Big Band Workshop
Jazz Band trumpets with Jeff Bunnell at Big Band Workshop
Trombone pro, Charlie Morillas works with Nathan, Terry & Landon
Trombone pro, Charlie Morillas works with Nathan, Terry   Landon
Jazz rhythm section gets pointers from pro, Rick Shaw
Jazz rhythm section gets pointers from pro, Rick Shaw
Han, Cow & Ethan talk over things at the basketball game
Han, Cow   Ethan talk over things at the basketball game
MESA group at the end of the LA Philharmonic Concert at Segerstrom Concert Hall
MESA group at the end of the  LA Philharmonic Concert at Segerstrom Concert Hall
CMHS Alumni Alfredo Munoz at the NAMM Convention - doing well as the North American sales representative for Powell Flutes
Alfredo Munoz at the NAMM convention at Powell Flutes
middle school string workshop

Successful NMUSD workshop days for High School & Middle School Band and String students

high school band workshop
Middle School Band Workshop
Middle School Band Workshop
We hosted the Rose Parade Band from Pickerington, Ohio during the break
Pickerington, Ohio Band practices at CMHS
Terry's Christmas Crew @ SOCO inspiring future musicians
Terry s Christmas Crew caroling @ SOCO
2018 MESA WONDERLAND Starts off the holiday season on a good note!
2018 Terry s Christmas Crew performs at Mesa Wonderland

Terry's Christmas Crew performs as Santa hears the wishes of the CMHS Jazz Band members during our fantastic MESA WONDERLAND featuring the sounds and sights from all of our MESA VAPA Zone.

2018 Mesa Wonderland jazz students with Santa
Jean-Paul Trujilo was chosen Outstanding Soloist at 2018 CSBC Finals!
Jean-Paul Trujillo was chosen Outstanding Soloist at 2018 CSBC Finals!
Terry, Landon, Heyward & Chris play at HB Merry Tuba Christmas
Terry, Landon, Hayward & Chris play at HB Merry Tuba Christmas

At the Henry & Renee Segerstrom Concert Hall



Students at Herny   Renee Segerstrom Concert Hall for Czech Philharmonic

Getting ready to watch the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra thanks to the O.C. Philharmonic Society's Tix for Teens program.

Color Guard Puts On An Energetic rally performance
color guard at fall rally

Sax & Trumpet sections "ready to play" at Legend of Bell fall rally

sax section at fall rally 2018
trumpets at fall rally 2018
Getting blown away at rehearsal
ocean floor blows away at rehearsal

A HUGE thank you to all of the parents, students & volunteers for making our SCI Tournament such a successful adventure!

Adventure Bound SCI program cover
This year's Strings I class is off to a great start with our coach, Patty Awaa
beginning strings class with Patty Awaa

The Band shows it's school spirit as it cheers on our Mustang football team!

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

Band Camp ends with a fantastic turn out at our "Meet, Greet & Eat" and a fantastic drill down.


Quinn reacts to the results of the Section Coin Wars as the Color Guard won earning the most money!


Drummers, MarcAnthony, Trey, Matthew & Diamond watch intently at our first home football game.

MarcAnthony, Trey, Matthew   Diamonc

Allegrah, Marlene & Baily take a break during band camp.  The members have been doing a great job getting ready for the season

Allegrah, Marlene   Baily at band camp

The color guard "blew us away" during a windy rehearsal at band camp!

Guard gets blown away during rehearsal

Bryan does a great job balancing his egg for the Olympic Game event during band camp.

Bryan balances an egg

Leaders Kelsey & Han help cheer on our team at our first football game of the year.

Kelsey and Han at football game

Marching Band Members performing throughout the summer

Band members getting ready for parade on PCH

Gus, Jean Paul, Kenji, Bailey, Caitlyn, Terry, Han, Alex & Sean at the start of the Huntington Beach 4th of July Parade that goes from PCH through Main Street.  

Mesa Color Guard in HB parade

Cristina, Kelsey & Patrick performed in the 4th of July Parade in Huntington Beach in front of thousands! 

Impulse at Rosebowl

Jackson & Landon, pictured at the Rose Bowl are part of Impulse Drum & Bugle Corps and are competing throughout the summer.  

The Fireworks Booth volunteers were amazing!

Ruth at fireworks booth
terry s group at fireworks booth
kelsey and patrick at fireworks booth

Liam Cavanaugh receives the CMHS 2018 9th-11th grade "Student of the Year" plaque for the performing arts.

Liam, Jon   Sandy - Liam 9th-11th VAPA student of the year

Cole is instrumental music student of the quarter

Cole student of the quarter

Drumline is a crowd favorite at this year's Balboa Parade

2018 Balboa Parade drumline

Mesa Students shine as part of the 2018 Cerritos College High School Honor Band


Jean-Paul, Han, Cole, Cerritos College Band Director Dr. Betancourt, Ethan, Zaid and Terry pose after a fantastic Cerritos College High School Honor Band Concert on Thursday, May 24th.  The group put on a wonderful concert that included selections with guest conductor & composer, Frank Ticheli.  So proud to have you all representing our Mesa Instrumental Music program so well!  

Color Guard competes well at Woodbridge original choreography competition!

color guard competes at 2018 woodbridge show

Our Color Guard team worked hard choreographing their solos, duets, trios, quartets & quintets for the competition on Saturday, May 19th at Woodbridge High School.  Julian received 2nd on his solo, Cian & Alex placed 3rd on their duet, Christina, Kelsey & Naomi placed 2nd on their trio, Esperanza & Santiago placed 2nd on their duet, Taylor placed 1st in both of her solo entries and Julia, Ava, Naomi, Kelsey & Esperanza placed 1st for their quintet.  Taylor also received the high performers award!  Congrats to all ! 

3rd Annual MESA Jazz Festival A Success!

Jazz II at 2018 MESA jazz festival

Our 3rd Annual MESA Jazz Festival was a great success all around.  The event went fantastically, thanks to the combined efforts of our Chairperson, Maria Pisciotta, all of the parents who donated their time and donations, the fantastic student volunteers, Jazz Band I who worked and performed, Jazz II, the great student volunteers, the participating bands and our jazz pros who adjudicated and gave clinics at the event!  All participants were extremely complimentary of our hosting this wonderful day.  To top it off, both Jazz Band I & Jazz Band II received superior ratings from the judges, along with numerous outstanding soloist awards (which I will hand out at our end of the year band banquet)!  Great job everyone! 

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.

Saxes get pointers from pro Jay Mason at the Big Band workshop
CMHS saxes get pointers from sax pro Jay Mason at the Big Band workshop

This Week in Band....2-11-2019 & 2-18-2019

0 Periods:

Monday:  Jazz I (0 period), Jazz II (3-4pm), Color Guard (6-9pm), Pit Orchestra (4:30-6:30pm)

Tuesday:  Small Ensembles (0 period), Drumline (6–9pm)

Wednesday:  Jazz II (3–4pm)

Thursday: Jazz I (0 period), Color Guard (0 period), Drumline (6pm – 9pm)

Friday:  Jazz I (0 period), Color Guard (0 period), Musical Pit Orchestra (7th period – 4:30pm)


This Week:

Mon/Tues, Feb. 11th, 12thMusical Valentines sales at lunch

Wed/Thurs, February 13th/14thMusical Valentines

Wednesday, February 13th:  Parent Meeting, 6:30pm – band room

                                           Jazz Cabaret planning meeting @ 5:30pm before the parent meeting

Thursday, February 14th:  H.S. Rally (Color Guard & Musical Pit Orchestra)

Thursday, February 14th:  Jazz I performance at Sweetheart Ball, American Legion, meet @  CMHS 4:15pm (wear black pants, dress shoes, white dress shirt & red/pink accessory (tie, etc.)

Saturday, February 16th:  Color Guard WGASC competition @ Aliso Niguel H.S.


President’s Week:

Monday, February 18thColor Guard (6-9pm)

Tuesday, February 19th:  Color Guard (8-5pm)

Thursday, February 21st:  Musical Pit Orchestra (9am – 1pm), Drumline (3pm – 8:30pm)

Friday, February 22ndMusical Pit Orchestra (9am – 1pm), Drumline (3pm – 8:30pm)

Saturday, February 23rd:  Drumline ADLA competition @ Westminster H.S.

Saturday, February 23rdDine Out night @ Panera (4-8pm)


Upcoming Events:

Monday, February 25thSees Candy Spring Fundraiser begins

Tues/Wed, March 5th/6th:  Jazz Cabaret

Jesus helps to get the light just right for picture day
Katelyn, Alicia   Allegrah get help from Jesus for their picture
The band takes in our Boys Basketball's Battle of the Bell victory!
The band takes in our Boys Basketball s Battle of the Bell victory!
Pep Band adds support to our CMHS Boys Basketball games
Pep Band adds support to our CMHS Boys Basketball games
Students rehearsing during NMUSD Band Workshop Day @ OCC
Students rehearse with at the NMUSD District Band Workshop Day @ OCC
MESA jazz members pose with singer Barbra Morrison after the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra Concert
Mesa jazz members pose with Barbra Morrison
Mrs. Gilboe looks on backstage at the 2018 Sounds of the Season Concert
Mrs. Gilboe looks on backstage at the Sounds of the Season 2018

This year's "Sounds of the Season" concert was a wonderful evening of great music from all of the band and string groups.  Thank you to the students for their hard work.  It was great to see all of the families that evening!



Congratulations to the 2018 CMHS Marching Band for a great season and earning 7th place in the Finals as well as Fan Favorite!  Much of the success was due to our amazing leaders, Assist. Drum Major Terry Cowley, Color Guard Captain Kelsey Ferguson, Drum Major Han Nguyen, Color Guard Captain Naomi Julian & Assist. Drum Major Ethan Doss-Fillmore.

Congratulations on making the 2018 California State Band Championships Finals !!!

celebration cake for 2018 CSBC marching band finals

Emma & Han keeping the rhythm going at Homecoming

Emma   Han at last home football game

2018 Marching Band Seniors @ this year's Senior Night

2018 Marching Band Seniors at senior night

Back row:  Brian Vuong, Emma Erskine, Ethan Gay, Kenji Ito, Jason Merced, Liam Cavanaugh, Jesse Angeles, Alex Chavez, Elizabeth Nibbelink, Roland Kelly, Cynthia Huipe, Stephanie Windsor

Front row:  Han Nguyen, Julia Pollock, Naomi Julian, Patrick Ganiere, Ruth Rivas, Kelsey Ferguson

Angie Sakaske perfectly captures this year's drum majors in her amazing drawing

Angie s drawing of our CMHS drum majors

Trumpets Tania, Alex & Wilmer "get ready to rock" halftime at the football game!

Trumpets get ready to rock

The Band's "Jam Session" at halftime

Band jams at halftime

The Band showed their school spirit at last week's football game.

Band in the stands at the football game

Thanks to all who volunteered & purchased at our Fireworks Booths !

Band plays at Fireworks Booth

MESA Drumline @ Balboa Island

drumline at 2018 balboa parade

Our MESA Band Family support made this a great Drumline Season!

our MESA families and CMHS Drumline show unity and support after Championships

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

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.

The success of teamwork quote by Henry Ford
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)

CMHS marching band trumpets in artistic photo

2018-19 2nd Semester Instrumental Music Performance Calendar


8th (Tuesday):  NMUSD Strings Workshop @ OCC (during school day)

8th (Tuesday):  Girls Basketball Game vs. Estancia, 7pm

9th (Wednesday):  NMUSD Band Workshop @ OCC (during school day)

16th (Wednesday):  Parent Meeting, 6:30pm bandroom

20th (Sunday):  Tix for Teens "LA Philharmonic Orchestra" Concert, 3pm

25th (Friday):  Boys Basketball Game vs. Saddleback, 7pm

29th (Tuesday):  Boys Basketball Game vs. Santa Ana, 7pm

31st (Thursday):  Boys Basketball Game vs. Estancia, 7pm

Musical Pit Orchestra rehearsals tbd



7th/8th (Thurs/Fri):  Picture Day for all groups

9th (Saturday):  Jazz Band I - Big Band Workshop w/pros, 8:30am - 12:30pm

13th (Wednesday):  Parent meeting, 6:30pm bandroom

14th (Thursday):  High School Rally - Color Guard

16th (Saturday):  WGASC color guard competition @ Aliso Niguel H.S. 

18th/19th (Mon/Tues):  Color Guard rehearsals 

21st/22nd (Thurs/Fri):  Pit Orchestra & Drumline rehearsals

23rd (Saturday):  ADLA Drumline competition @ Westminster H.S.

25th (Monday):  SEES Spring Fundraiser

Possible Basketball Game Pep Band (Dates TBD)



5th/6th (Tues./Wed.):  Jazz Cabaret, 6:30 & 8:15pm, CMHS PAC

9th (Saturday):  WGASC Color Guard competition @ Valencia H.S., Placentia

15th -17th  (Thurs.-Sun.):  CMHS Musical @ CMHS PAC

16th (Saturday):  ADLA Drumline competition @ Marina H.S

20th (Wednesday):  Parent meeting, 6:30pm bandroom

22nd -24th (Thurs.-Sun.):  CMHS Musical @ CMHS PAC

23rd (Sat.):  possible ADLA Drumline competition @ San Bernardino

29th (Friday): WGASC Color Guard competition @ CMHS Gym (we host)

30th (Saturday):  ADLA Drumline competition @ Mission Hills H.S., San Marcos

31st (Sunday):  WGASC Color Guard competition @ Tustin H.S.



2nd (Tuesday):  BRAVO Concert “Featuring….” (7pm @ CMHS PAC)

67th (Saturday):  WGASC Color Guard competition @ Valencia H.S., Placentia

4th-7th (Thurs.-Sun.):  Jazz Band I Heritage Chicago Festival/Trip

13th (Saturday):  ADLA Drumline Semi-Finals @ Colony H.S., Ontario

13th (Saturday):  WGASC Championships

17th (Wednesday):  Parent meeting, 6:30pm bandroom

23rd  (Tuesday):  NMUSD Zone Band Concert, CMHS Gym 

27th (Saturday):  ADLA Champsionships @ Azusa Pacific University

30th (Tuesday):  Tix for Teens "Silk Road Ensemble" concert @ Segerstrom Concert Hall



4th (Saturday):  Coronado Jazz Festival (Jazz Band I & II)

8th (Wednesday):  Parent meeting, 6:30pm bandroom

11th (Saturday):  4th Annual MESA Jazz Festival, CMHS Performing Arts Center (all day)

17th (Friday):  NMUSD soccer Special Olympics (adv. band)

23rd (Thursday):  MUSICALE - Recital Night (7pm CMHS PAC)

30th (Thursday):  Prom Rally

30th (Thursday):  Middle School Musicians Concert , "Maverick, International Spy" (7pm CMHS PAC)

Middle School Knotts Berry Farm CommunityTalent Showcase (TBD)



4th (Tuesday):  POPS SHOWCASE "Late Night with MESA"  (7pm – CMHS PAC)

12th (Wednesday):  Parent meeting, 6:30pm bandroom

14th or 15th (Fri. or Sat.):  Band Awards Banquet  (TBD)

19th (Wednesday):  Middle School Promotion (Intermediate Band plays)

20th (Thursday):  High School Graduation (Advanced Band plays)

2018-19 Band Booster Board

President:  Tom Fillmore

Band Vice President:  Ruth Doss-Fillmore

Color Guard Vice President:  Heather Ferguson

Treasurer:  Dylan Rogan

Assist. Treasurer:  Kason Stein

Recording Secretary:  Kem Erskine

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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