CHS Band Members Meet NFL Hall of Famer, Jerry Rice!
On Saturday September 17, members of the CHS Proud Pioneer Band Performed at the Grand Opening Ceremonies of the Main Street Cupertino Shopping Plaza. There they were surprised by a visit from former San Francisco 49er and NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice. He signed 2 footballs and posed with the band.
2016 FUHSD Band Expo
The FUHSD Band Expo is upon us. Come enjoy performances by all our district bands on Saturday, Oct 1 at Homestead HS. Please see itinerary for details.
2016 Band Banquet Photographs
Relive the laughs and sentimental moments from the 2016 Band Banquet at the link below:
Cupertino High School Marching Band & Color Guard 2015
Cupertino Tournament of Band 2015 parade
Pictures taken by Rudy Pollack
Cupertino High School - Tournament of Bands 2015
Written by Allison Lo and Alex Shieh, Introduction video compiled by Michelle Pyke
On Oct. 10, Cupertino High School hosted the 45th annual Tournament of the Bands. With about 20 schools from all over Northern California, more than 2000 students came together to participate in numerous competitions. The event, which starts off with parades in the morning and ends with field shows at night, is an opportunity for school bands to showcase what they have been practicing all season.
Said drum major Vivi Kung, “I think it’s really awesome getting to see the different variety of performances, especially from different schools. Every school has a different music program, and every school likes to do something different [for] their show.”
Added Thu An Hanley, “This is an event that I have always been to, [almost] every single year since I’ve lived here, and it’s always really fun seeing the march in the morning then coming here at night to see all the different bands perform. [It’s] a really exciting experience.”
In order to put together such a large event, it’s safe to say that a lot of preparation is involved. The Cupertino band practices hours each week, regardless of the weather, and has been preparing for this particular event since the first day of band camp in August.
“We learn drills, we learn music, we put music with the drill,” explained Neeraj Dharmadhikari. “The reason we practice so much is because our motto is to practice not until we get it right, but to practice until we can’t get it wrong.”
Despite the large amount of time spent on practicing, the Cupertino band, as the hosting school, is not judged competitively. However, Tournament of the Bands is still important to the band members. Said Divya Mistry, “I think the fact that [the tournament] is at our school just means a lot to us because we want to show the other bands and the [audience] that [...] we’re just a band that puts a lot of time into what we do.”
Jennifer Shearin further noted that, “[The students] really enjoy being in the band, and [that] gives them the camaraderie and the ability to work together for a great common goal, and I think that’s really nice.”
As the opening competition of the season, Tournament of the Bands serves as a valuable experience for bands to see where they are and how they can improve for future competitions.
Check out Cupertino High School marching band's performance here:
Allison Lo and Alex Shieh are currently two of three Online Assistants for The Prospector.
We had an amazing (but windy) time at the FUHSD Expo on Saturday. It was amazing to see all the other fabulous bands in our district. Hopefully the audience got as many chills from our performance as we got from the cold evening weather!
Thank you to Homestead High School for the video!
Check out our first football game performance!https://youtu.be/7u99Ecd8NIA
Cupertino's homecoming game is TONIGHT
We will be performing during the varsity halftime. Can't wait to see everyone there!
A Summary of the 2014 Marching Season Performances
Lodi "Grape Bowl" Review | November 1, 2014 | Performance Here
Vintage Review | November 8, 2014 | Performance Here
Veteran's Day Parade | November 11, 2014
Sixty-seven members of the Cupertino High School Marching Band traveled to Oahu, Hawaii to perform on the U.S.S. Missouri at the beginning of Spring Break. They performed a selection of patriotic music in front of the historic backdrop of the “Mighty Mo”. It was an amazing trip!
Links to Performances:
Picture taken by Rudy Pollak