The annual Winter Concert season at Santa Teresa High School this year kicks off with The Winter Jazz and Guitar Concert, Monday, December 9th at 7:00 pm. STHS has a strong Jazz program with three award winning Jazz bands and an assortment of small Jazz combos with unique style and personality. Based on past audience pleasing performances the Guitar class is sure to offer something special this year.
The short season concludes with The Winter Band Concert, Tuesday December 1oth at 7:00 pm. This marks the second performance of the year by the Concert Band comprised primarily of freshman students. If you heard them at the fall concert you know this is a solid group of new musicians and look forward to three more years of their music.
The Symphonic Band will take the stage for the second portion of the program. This band is comprised of students who have decided to continue their musical journey at STHS after Concert Band. The friendships and time spent playing together are evident in the quality of music they present.
Wind Ensemble will conclude the evening with what promises to be a highlight of any concert season. These musicians are some of the finest STHS has been honored to experience and are not to be missed.
Both concerts are held in the Santa Teresa High School Theater. There is no admission charge but feel free to make donations to support the music program at the door. All donations go to the general fund supporting the variety of music and students participating in the pursuit of musical excellence.
The Means: Sell 2,000 drawing tickets @ $10 each
The Math: 250 tickets sold = $2,500 – $500 Apple Gift Card drawing prize = $2,000
The Musicians: Students armed with drawing tickets for sale.
The Madness: One $500 Apple Gift Card will be drawn for every 250 tickets at the Winter Concert Tuesday December 10th.
Your assignment: Find these students and purchase as many drawing tickets as you want. If they run out they will get more.
All proceeds from this drawing go to the general fund supporting all the music programs and students at Santa Teresa High School.
If you are a performer or just an enthusiastic audience member there are several things coming up in December you will want to put on your calendar.
Performances this month include The Winter Jazz and Guitar Concert, Monday, December 9th at 7:00 pm and The Winter Band Concert, Tuesday December 1oth at 7:00 pm. Both concerts are held in the Santa Teresa High School Theater. There is no admission charge but feel free to make donations to support the music program at the door. All donations go to the general fund supporting the variety of music and students participating in the pursuit of musical excellence.
Also on the calendar for next week are student auditions and sign ups in three areas. First are the Jazz Band 2 and 3 auditions. Audition materials for Jazz Band 2/3 are available from Ms. Bounds and Play-a-long files are posted on Charms and Schoolloop. Audition sign up sheets are posted in the band hallway for audition time slots on December 11th and 12th.
Winter Percussion auditions will be held Wednesday December 11th with a Parent and Student Meeting at 6pm in the band room. Following the meeting the auditions will be held from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Parent understanding and support for Winter Percussion is vital to the success of the students and the season.
Winter Guard Auditions will take place over two days. Students planning to audition must attend both Wednesday December 11th AND Thursday December 12th from 6:30pm – 9:00pm. If you have no experience in Winter or Color guard you can contact a senior member of the color guard before Tuesday for tutoring and basic instruction. Email Webmaster@600building.com with your contact information and it will be forwarded to a Guard Captain who will contact you.
Looking for some good holiday concerts? Ms. Bounds recommends the following:
Big Band Bash @ Bernal Intermediate School, Friday, December 6th. Tickets are $5 in advance and $6 at the door. You can purchase tickets from Ms. Bounds. This is a benefits concert for STHS music program and will feature The Bernal Jazz Band from 6:30-7:15, the award winning Santa Teresa Jazz Band 1 from 7:15 – 8:00 and the Jesus Garcia Jazz Band from 8:15-9:00 pm.
If you would like to see our own Ms. Bounds in concert the San Jose Wind Symphony: The World of Celebration Holiday Concert on Sunday, December 8th at 3:00pm at the Saratoga High School, McAffee Center is the place to be. Discounted tickets of $14 for adults and $5 for students can be purchased from Ms. Bounds with checks made payable to SJWS.
Something a little more traditional but on the Jazz side? “The Nutcraker Suite” by Duke Ellington will be performed by Nineteen, San Jose’s premier professional jazz band. Tickets for any of the seven shows can be purchased online at The Tabard Theater. Prices vary by date and seating selection. Ms. Bounds currently plans on attending the December 15th matinee.
So, here we are. It’s 2:30 on a Monday. I know exactly where I would rather be.
There is a poem I love by a famous Buddhist monk. To me, it portrays the feeling of being grounded, truly comfortable with yourself, in the now.I have arrived. I am home. In the here. In the now. I am solid. I am free.
In the ultimate I dwell. - Thich Nhat Hanh
I think of this poem when I think of this season. When you know something so well, when you are truly no longer thinking, your body reacts to its surroundings, almost like it’s in auto drive. You are truly calm, relaxed, and able to be at peace with yourself, even while doing something highly technical and physically demanding. You reached that point in your show performance this year, where mind and body meld, and both work together, without thought, and you perform with the utmost in confidence and compose.
This past weekend was quite the whirlwind. I can’t express in words just how proud I am of the STHS Marching Band. Breaking school records for highest score several times, finally making it into WBA Finals for the 1sttime ever, and being truly in the mix and competitive with the best of the best in 4A all year. At Prelims on Saturday, you beat Oak Grove and Granite Bay in Music. Did you know that? You beat Clovis in Visual. Did you know that? You beat Oak Grove and Clovis in General Effect. Did you know that? You are in the mix, and in some spots beating, the elite 4A bands in the state of California. The best of the best now includes Santa Teresa High School. I never thought I would be able to say that. But here you are!
You have arrived!
I pushed you all so hard throughout the season. I demanded more from you than ever before, and pushed you harder and harder each rehearsal. Some days, I literally worked you into the ground. Literally. I yelled and I screamed. I may or may not have even thrown things. You could have pushed back, you could have rolled over and given up, you could have gone home. But you didn’t. You fought through it and forced more from yourselves and each other. And in the end, that’s how you got to where you are now. By demanding more from yourself, by forcing a higher level of performance.
And now, after all these years of working towards it, after all the years of heartbreak and tears, you finally know what it feels like to be able to hang with the best of the best. You finally know what it’s like to be a member of that elite Top 5 at Finals. Do you like it? Do you want more? You got here, now do you want to stay here?
You see, I’m not just the Brass Caption Head. I’m also an Alumni. Class of 1995. So you can add 4 years, plus 1 more as a staff member the year after I graduated, to the 11 years I have been on staff under Ms. Bounds. That means I have 16 years invested in this program. I know exactly where we are coming from and just what our roots are. The marching band season of 1991, my freshman year, was the first year of the return of the Santa Teresa marching band field show program. We didn’t compete that first year, as none of us had a clue what we were doing. A whole band entirely of rookies, imagine that. In the years following, we competed here and there, had some successes, and had a great time.
And I remember back then watching schools like Oak Grove, Clovis, and Granite Bay, and thinking that they were unbeatable. At another level. I would watch them perform with my jaw dropped. And to know now that you are competing right up with them… I’m still speechless.
You have arrived.
I have heard so many comments and compliments about your show this year. STHS Alumni are loud and proud of you right now. Former members from the last 11 years, to all the way back to my era, over 20 years ago. They loved the show, they have been following you all year. Never forget, their hard work to continually improve every year is a very big part of your success. This hasn’t been a one year journey, or even a four year journey. This journey spans decades. And it is not done.
You have also gotten many comments and compliments from folks outside this program. At a Fremont High School rehearsal a few weeks ago the tuba soloist added robot moves while he rested between phrases. He wanted to be like The Machine. True story. And hearing the chatter in the stands is amazing. Parents of other schools love your show. You continually got the best response both during and after your performances. You got many compliments and well wishes from the parents, alumni, and fans from other schools as well. Even parents from competing schools, including the Granite Bay parents, loved your show. Members of other schools would run back to the back stands to be able to catch your performance when they see the fog pillars rolling out. “It’s the smokestack school! Run, we have to catch them!” That is the ultimate compliment.
They know you’ve arrived.
Even staff members of other schools are in on it. I can’t count the number of times I have run into friends on staff at other schools at shows, and they stop me to tell me that they caught your show. Every time they loved it, thought it was amazing. Bands and staff members waiting on the ramp or in the end zone to go on after us were amazed. At one show, right when the smokestacks go off after the drum break, one staff member from the waiting school threw his hands in the air and said, “Ah crap, they just won.”
This season has been a dream, it has been my pleasure to work with you. I will miss it. Life goes on, time moves forward, and next Band Camp is only months away. The journey continues, some folks are moving on to bigger and better things, some get to go through the same journey again next year.
But there will never be another 2013 Santa Teresa High School Marching Band.
Seniors, you were an absolute dream to work with. You absorbed everything I threw at you, you raised the performance level beyond my expectations again and again. You will always be the senior class that broke through, the class that played on Sunday for the first time. I wish I could have put that into words this past weekend, but I simply could not speak. Congratulations.
Returning members: Get ready now. Next year I want top 5, to be right in the mix and competitive with Oak Grove, Clovis, and Granite Bay. The better you can get now, the more you can help the incoming freshmen next year. Which is, of course, what really makes a band as good as they are. Band members helping and teaching other band members. Internal improvement. Get on it!
Thank you all so much for an absolutely incredible season. I can’t express in words just how proud I am of every one of you. You saw me try on Saturday, and again and Sunday.
Speechless. Tears. Happiness.
You Have Arrived.
- Erik Dabel
STHS Marching Band Member 91-94
STHS Class of 95
STHS Marching Band Staff 95
STHS Marching Band Brass Caption Head 03-13
p.s. And brass, you owe me 440 seconds of banana. Get that too me when you can.
p.p.s. Thanks for Matt Vaughan and Lisa Thornburg for these wonderful pictures, and to the rest of the parents, family, friends and acquaintances that helped make this season into what it was!
For the first time in Santa Teresa High Marching Band and Color Guard history they took the field in competition at the Western Band Association Championship finals.
The two day competition was the toughest challenge the band and color guard face. Traveling to Clovis by bus early Saturday morning they hit the ground running when they arrived. A quick early lunch then into uniform for warm up before performing in the preliminary round. The finals are made up of the top 5 bands in AAAA division plus the top 5 bands in AAAAA division plus the top 5 scores after that. STHS finished 12th in the preliminary round securing a place on the field for the finals.
Standing at attention with Drum Majors Joey Edsburg and DJ Peterson, Color Guard Co-Captains Genevieve Valentine and Alsatia Thompson were the Class of 2014 seniors. They had taken the field not knowing if that would be their final performance but it was not. They had one more to go.
Taking the field today they were amazing. They left knowing they had done a great show. They gave it their best and stood tall as they accepted the applause of family and fans in the stands. Getting back to the buses, getting out of their uniforms and heading home they waited for the results to be announced.
At 6:50 the announcer proclaimed loud and clear, “In 11th place with a score of 78.90 SANTA TERESA!”
Congratulations to OUR SANTA TERESA HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BAND AND COLOR GUARD!