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‘Tournament Program Shout-Outs’ Limited Time!

Announcement: Limited Time Opportunity

Parents, this is your opportunity to recognize your student’s hard work and dedication to the Mt Carmel Instrumental Music program by placing a Shout-Out in the upcoming Tournament of Bands Program. We offer special pricing for the families of senior students. This opportunity is for all band, color guard, and orchestra students. The Tournament program is printed in full color and makes a great keepsake. Click on the link here to download the form. For more information, please contact Dimple Sidhpura at

Band Picture Day (Full Band, Guard & Sections)

Picture Day (For band only, including The Pit) on Saturday, September 16, 2023

-Students will be taking the official band and color guards pictures in the stadium with Brett. All band students will be in their black/red field show uniforms without the shako.

-Band students should come in dressed in their uniforms’ appropriate black undergarments, such as a black v-neck t-shirt (v-neck is preferred, crew neck is acceptable); black bike shorts or compression shorts or tights; black crew socks, socks need to cover over the ankles.

-No makeup, nail polish, or jewelry are allowed. No phones or wearable devices are allowed while in uniforms. Exception must be cleared by Mr. Fierro.

-Students will not need to use the shakos for the pictures. Therefore, the only hair requirement is to keep it neat and presentable. A minimum hair product should be applied.

-Students need to bring in their black marching shoes and wear them for the pictures. Please check to make sure the shoes are properly laced with no blank holes.

-Students should bring in another set of field practice-appropriate clothing and shoes to change into after the pictures.

-Sunscreen products should be applied after the use of uniforms.

—Sincerely, the MCHS Band Uniforms Team Leads (Lori Welch and Nicole Goebel)

Additionally for this Saturday only, the rehearsal will be from 8 am – 2 pm. 8 -10 a.m. is scheduled for pictures and uniforms. Rehearsal on the field is to follow.

-Students are highly encouraged to bring in their own water bottle/jug for the day.

-Pizza lunch will be provided by the Foundation for all the band and color guards students and staff. Students can bring in a small snack if preferred. Please note that this is a working lunch situation.

Poway Days Parade 9/9/2023

The Poway Days Parade is on Saturday, September 9th! Call time 8:00 AM at Poway Road & Pomerado Road in the Smart & Final Parking Lot.

Attire: Summer Uniform for this event: Red Polo, Black shorts with a pocket to hold a water bottle or fanny pack (hydration pack is also acceptable), White Crew Socks (no logos), and White Tennis Shoes. No hats, jewelry, makeup, or nail polish are allowed, but sunglasses are acceptable. Leave your instrument case in your parent’s car. Only bring what you need to play your instrument to the parking lot.

Parents: Drop off your student at the “Smart & Final” parking lot. Corner of Poway Road and Pomerado Road. Then drive over to Community Road and Poway Road (take Twin Peaks road to Community to avoid Poway Road shut down) and park in the Aldi/Harbor Freight lot to pick up your student after the Parade. Families are encouraged to watch the parade and cheer on the band. The best viewing spots are near the announcer’s booth. The Parade starts at 9:00 AM and finishes by approximately 11:00-11:30 AM

This year our tentative position in the parade is 41.

8/25 Football Game Info

Info for the football home game on 8/25.

What: Home Football Game vs Patrick Henry

Where: Music Building

When: Friday, AUGUST 25
5:45 pm Call time
6:15ish pm March into Sundevil Stadium
7:00 pm Game Starts
9:15 pmish (depending on game end) Band Dismissal

Dress: Summer uniform [Black shorts, white shoes, white socks, RED polo]

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.