This page addresses many general questions regarding the Corona del Sol High School Band Program, additionally links to specific areas have been provided to help navigate. Whether you are a new band member/parent or a seasoned member, questions arise; we hope we hope we can help answer them.
At football games, if you do not know where to sit, just look for the sea of bright yellow shirts. Not surprisingly, for HOME games, we sit on the HOME side. And for AWAY games, we sit on the AWAY side (visitors). We generally sit in the section next to the Band. Corona performs the half-time show when at home, and the pre-game show when away. Boosters always stand when the CdS band comes onto the field. We also stand for the opposing school band’s entrance to show respect for their hard work and dedication. During the games, whenever Corona plays the Aztec Fight Song, we all stand up. You’ll recognize this song before long. Don’t worry if you don’t know the lyrics, you’ll learn them quickly. Band members are required to stay through the entire football game. At home games, they then march in parade formation to the band room. If you are providing the ride home, please allow time for this and to check in uniforms.
Can we chat with our student in the stands during football games?
We respectfully ask that you refrain from talking to the Band during the football games, as it can causes the band members to lose focus. Band members already know this rule, and we ask you to honor it as well.
We ask that you silence your cell phones and the like, and that you refrain from using flash photography during the performance. Please enter and exit the auditorium only during the applause breaks. As you probably already know, it is customary and considered good concert manners not to applaud between movements or sections of a piece, but rather to hold your appreciation until the completion of the entire artistic work. Solo performers will generally be recognized after the end of the piece.
Your band student is responsible for properly hanging the uniform after each performance. The uniforms are kept at Corona at all times. Parent volunteers are needed after each game (home and away) to assist the students with hanging and storing away the uniforms. At some point during the marching season, students will be allowed to bring the uniforms home. You can get your own close-up photographs at that time. Of course, there is never any eating or drinking (except water) while in uniform. Buddy pictures will be taken toward the end of the season – watch for information! Also, each member is responsible for having the uniform dry-cleaned once during the season. The cost is usually about $10.00.
Generally, yes. However, there is a small fee for the Pops Concert and Winters Concert. Regional and State honor bands ask a small fee for their concerts, generally about $5. This offsets the costs of a well-known conductor and top-notch clinicians.
To perform in the marching show and concert festivals, the band member must travel with the band to the event. The students should preferably also return with the band. Marching band members turn in their uniforms at the band room upon arrival at CdS. After concert festivals, the staff reviews the performance with the band members. If the rare situation arises where a student cannot return with the band, see this form, which must be completed and returned to band staff at least 24 hours in advance. NO EXCEPTIONS.
The auditions, which are closed to the public, are usually held on a Friday night and all day Saturday in mid-to-late January, at various locations. The calendar will be updated when time and location details are known. During teh auditions, a group of judges sit behind a screen so that they do not know the identity of the auditioner. Auditions traditionally consist of scales, three etudes, and sight-reading.
The Solo and Ensemble Festival runs concurrently with the Regional Honor Band auditions. The calendar will be updated when time and location details are known. The public is invited to attend the Solo and Ensemble portion. Judges need an ORIGINAL copy of the music so they can follow along. Soloists are reminded that they must furnish their own accompanist, live or recorded. Medals are awarded for performance.
Where can I find out about the Frankie Valenzuela Memorial Scholarship?
This scholarship has been set up in loving memory of Frankie, who will be remembered always as an outstanding member of the CdS Marching Band and and inspiration to all. Find more detailed info in the form available here.
Where should I get my student’s band instrument repaired?
For your convenience, the following merchants are listed here as a service to help you with your instrument repair and maintenance needs. For the cost, timeliness, and quality of the repairs, we highly recommend:
The calendar on the front page is most up-to-date, but generally we try to have them around the first Tuesday of each month, moving them around as necessary to accommodate other activities. Meetings are in the CdS High School Band Room at 7:00pm.