Why do kids enjoy the Edison Band & Color Guard? They are immediately accepted into the Edison Band Family, become friends with many other kids, have a “home base” at school in the bandroom, have a great time with the band and color guard events, and enjoy being part of great performances!
What do students learn from being in Band or Color Guard? In addition to learning about music, great aerobic/physical training, and leadership, they learn how to work intricately and collaborative as an interactive team. They learn time management, success skills, self-reliance and the joy that comes from the team’s success.
In the fall, the band and color guard perform together as The Edison Marching Band and Color Guard. This is a competitive ensemble that performs at home football games and competes against other high school bands. For the past six years, they have ranked in the top 4 at the California State Band Championships.
Our two-week Field Camp in August serves as preparation for the upcoming season, brings the students together as a team, and sets the band and color guard up for success! Students create strong bonds and enjoy many fun activities during this time as they work together to learn how to combine music and movement. Teamwork and Leadership are developed as vital qualities for success and set the foundation for the following seasons of Concert Wind Ensemble, Winter Percussion Ensemble and Winter Guard.
In addition to the Band Director, the members of the band and color guard receive specialized instruction from a team of expert coaches. In addition, the booster organization provides financial support and parent volunteers step up to support the group on their outings.
The high level of reward felt by students in the band and color guard program is evidenced by the near 100% continuation rate from year to year, as well as the tremendous support provided by the Edison Band and Color Guard Boosters.
Incoming students enroll in Instrumental 1, Instrumental 2 or Advanced Music (Honors) as well as PE: Marching Band. Instrumental 1 and 2 fulfill the CSU/UC “Area F” Visual and Performing Arts entry requirement, and Advanced Music (Honors) fulfills both the CSU/UC “Area F” VPA requirement as well as the “Area G” College Prep Elective requirement. Participation in PE: Marching Band earns PE credit.
Color Guard members enroll in PE: Flag Ensemble and receive PE credit during their freshman year. Once the PE requirement is fulfilled, Color Guard members earn CSU/UC “Area F” credit.