MC Tournament of Bands Weekly Meetings

As you all know, each year Mt. Carmel hosts the “Annual Mt. Carmel Tournament of Bands”, San Diego County’s largest marching band tournament with participating schools joining us from as far away as Los Angeles. This year’s tournament will be the 46th we are hosting, taking place on October 28, 2023.

As you may remember from Mr. Fierro’s presentation, the tournament is not only a fantastic community outreach but is also the Music Foundation’s largest fundraiser.

The proceeds of the tournament account for almost one-third of our annual budget!

However, a tournament of that size can only be successful with as much volunteer help as possible.

All of our students in the music programs (band, guard, and orchestra) are required to participate but we do need a lot of support from adults due to the various responsibilities.

Last year we had 23 bands participating and we hope to have even more bands join us again this year.

We are therefore asking that at least one adult member of each family volunteer during the tournament.

Michele Prescott, who so successfully has led the tournament efforts over the past years, has again kindly agreed to chair the tournament organization and share all her knowledge with other parents, for which we are very thankful.

There are a number of different areas we need to cover in preparation for the tournament, each of which will be chaired by different members. To assure continued coverage of the various responsibilities (e.g. in case of unforeseen events before or during the tournament), it is imperative that the various sub-committees are chaired by at least two parents.

In preparation for the tournament, we will be meeting every Wednesday at 6:30 pm in the Band Room.

Meetings generally last until 8:00 pm, sufficient time to drop off students for Wed night rehearsal prior to the meeting, and to join the students after the meeting in the stadium to enjoy the progress in their performance.

During the meetings, we will discuss and coordinate efforts and outstanding action items.

Please join us this Wednesday, August 23 at 6:30 pm where you can meet fellow volunteers and determine which committee you may wish to participate in.

Thank you very much in advance for any support you can provide to make the 46th tournament another great experience for everyone and success for the Mt Carmel music program.