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Week of 10-29

A BiG THANK YOU! to all who helped with our Tournament on Saturday! The tournament was a huge success and nothing but compliments from the visiting band directors. 

In addition, great performances by our students after they worked so hard during the day.

We are now down to the final three weeks of Marching Season!

This is the final week for students to earn a “C” on any remaining pass offs!

Monday-Percussion and guard rehearsal 6:00 PM

Tuesday-parade and field split rehearsal period 5.

Wednesday-Halloween Evening  rehearsal! 6:00 to 9:15 PM Parade  Band call 6:00, everyone else 6:30 PM. Students may wear costumes as long as their vision and movement is not obstructed. Every few years our rehearsal falls on Halloween night, Trunk or Treat follows the rehearsal in the parking lot! We will have a lot of fun! This is a very important rehearsal and everyone needs to attend! Halloween is  NOT a Holiday…sorry, there will be no excused absences! Missing this rehearsal means you cannot perform at Mira Mesa!

Thursday-parade rehearsal.

Friday-Load equipment/take home your instrument!

Saturday-Mira Mesa Tournament of Bands!

Parade Band Call Time: 12:45 (those students who are taking the SAT test need to have their parents ready to pick them up as soon as they finish the test and drop off at Mira Mesa High School ASAP. Have your instrument ready to go and wear your uniform undergarments and hair up, so you can quickly change when you arrive). Most SAT takers should be able to arrive by 1:15-1:30 on average.

Remember, Mira Mesa Blvd will be closed for the PARADE!…so approach Mira Mesa High School from the South. Take Miramar Road and go north on Camino Ruiz toward Mira Mesa Blvd. Drop your student off at Mira Mesa High School from this route to avoid road closures.

There is no parking on the Mira Mesa Campus. If you’re staying to watch, you will need to find parking in the neighborhood around the school.

On Parade Competition Line at 2:18 PM

You may stay for awards and buy a ticket to the afternoon show to watch some bands or you may go home and return later for the evening show. If you stay, bring money for tickets, food and bring sun screen and a hat.

Field Band Call Time 7:30 PM

Perform at 9:00 PM after the performance, change and return for awards!

Awards at 9:45 PM Parents, meet your student by 10:15 PM.

*Next Parade Band Saturday rehearsal isNovember 10th at 9:00 AM



week of 10-22

Congratulations students on another Sweepstakes victory at the Poway Invitational Tournament!

Parents: We still need help this weekend with food donations!

Please volunteer for the Mt. Carmel Tournament this Saturday October 27. Please sign up NOW! We need everyone’s help with our Tournament of Bands! Remember this is not the tournament to watch in the stands, it’s the one we need everyone to help and work.

MC Tournament is an exciting day on our campus and lot of fun. The day works so much better when everyone pitches in and helps!  “ALL HANDS ON DECK!”

Click here to sign up: Volunteer

Wednesday-parade band at stadium 6:00 PM call for everyone else is 6:15 PM at the stadium.

Friday-no school

Saturday-Mt. Carmel Tournament of Bands!

Please remember your volunteer times and bring money to buy food and drink throughout the day!

Parade Band Call Time 10:30 AM

On Competition Line at 12:00 PM

Performance Call time-7:00PM report to band room and change.


Everyone stays to help with clean up!

Week of 10-15

*PARENTS! Our donation drive is happing now. We are currently below 55% of parent support of our program and we will soon need to make cuts to our staff and events planned for the year. Please contribute what you can to help fund our wonderful and premier program. To fully fund our yearly budget, we need contributions of $650.00 per band/guard student. Donations are tax deductible and can be made to MCMF and dropped in the MCMF mailbox located in the band room hallway. Please donate what you can or set up a monthly contribution on your credit/debit card. Click on the Donate Now button on this page or contact MCMF President Dave Brooks for assistance. Lets support our students and this great program!

MORE FOR PARENTS: We need your volunteer support for the Mt. Carmel Tournament which is coming up on Saturday October 27. Please sign up NOW! We need everyone’s help with our Tournament of Bands! Remember this is not the tournament to watch in the stands, it’s the one we need everyone to help and work.

MC Tournament is an exciting day on our campus and lot of fun. The day works so much better when everyone pitches in and helps!  “ALL HANDS ON DECK!”

Click here to sign up: Volunteer

We are asking each family for:
– 1 shift on Friday evening for Setting up
– 1 shift on Saturday
– 1 shift on Sunday to help cleanup
– As many food donations as you can – see the “Food Donations” tab in the volunteer system

Wednesday-6:00 PM-9:15 Rehearsal in stadium.

Thursday-String Orchestra Concert with Black Mountain Middle School 7:00 PM in our PAC.

Friday-Percussion, Guard and Sousas-Load Semi Trailer after school.

Saturday- Poway Invitational Tournament of Bands

Call time at Poway High School 5:00 PM

Drop your student off in front of Poway High School in the bus loading area. Your student will need to walk over to the back of the Poway Performing Arts center on Titan Way and look for our Semi Trailer.

Parents-after you drop your student off, park and buy tickets to the show and cheer on our students!

Performance-7:00 PM

After the performance, change out of uniform and go back for the awards ceremony. Be on your best MC behavior!

Awards at 7:45PM

PIFT Final Schedule 2018



Week of Oct. 8

Congratulations on your Sweepstakes performance at the RB Tournament!

Tuesday-Parade Block rehearses period 5. All other go to the stadium.

Wednesday-6:00-9:15 PM Rehearsal

Friday Football Game vs. RB Call time 6:00 PM full uniform.

Saturday-Band and Guard Picture Day and rehearsal. We will be rehearsing from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM. Following rehearsal, we will change into uniform and go back to the stadium to take our formal picture. Also, Mr. Christlieb will take individual shots and section shots. Thanks Brett Christlieb for all you do for us!

Information on the Poway Tournament will be posted soon…check back on the site!


Week of Oct. 1st

First week of competition! Please make sure you know your call times and responsibilities.

Monday-parade auditions during class. All students are given an equal chance to make our awesome competitive Parade Band. Auditions go through Wednesday. Students should have been preparing for several weeks now.

Wednesday-Middle School and MC Night Rehearsal 6:00 PM-6:30 PM memorize “Soul Finger”. After MC rehearses with the middle schools, our regular rehearsal will run until 9:30 PM…plan ahead with your homework, this is traditionally a later end time. Also, we may have rain so bring a rain coat, hat or poncho. We’ll have to wait and see if the rain comes or not.

Friday-Football Game and Middle School Night-call time 5:30 PM. Full uniform.

After the game, Guard, Sousas and Percussion load semi trailer for RB Tournament.

Everyone else-take home your instrument and everything you need for Saturday’s performance. (Don’t forget your shoes)

Saturday-Rancho Bernardo Invitational Tournament!

Call time 6:00 PM in the parking lot at Rancho Bernardo High School.

Parents, you are responsible to deliver and pick up your student at Rancho Bernardo High School. Once you drop off your student, please stay, buy a ticket and cheer on our students! We need lots of fans clapping for us! Click on the below links for more information. Your student has worked very hard and needs your support at every show!

After our performance, our students will change back to street clothes and go to the awards ceremony. Parents can collect their student after the awards and go home. Please make sure you pick up your student following the awards, our parent chaperones need to go home too.

RB Field Tournament Schedule

Map to RB

More info