Upcoming Events

Rancho Bernardo
Spirit of the Fourth 2018 Parade

Rehearsals - Monday, July 2 & Tuesday, July 3

Parade - Wednesday, July 4

All Band and Color Guard students are invited to perform in the Rancho Bernardo Spirit of the Fourth 2018 Parade, including incoming Freshman and Alumni. The rehearsal and performance schedule is below:

  • Monday 7/2, 5:00-7:00 p.m. - Rehearsal at Poway HS, meet in N-1
  • Tuesday 7/3, 5:00-7:00 p.m. - Rehearsal at Poway HS, meet in N-1
  • Wednesday 7/4, Call Time 2:00 p.m., Parade Start Time 3:30 p.m. - Meet in the parking lot in front of the RB Post Office, 16960 Bernardo Center Dr.

IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ: All students participating in the RB 4th of July Parade must complete Form A and Form B (if applicable) before they may participate in the parade. Please download, complete, print, and sign the forms below. A hardcopy of all forms can be turned in at the parade rehearsals.

For rehearsals, wear athletic shorts, T-shirt, and sneakers. No flip-flops, sandals, or jeans. Be sure to bring your marching instrument and water.

White Emerald Brigade polo shirts (AKA travel shirts) are required to march in the parade. They will be available for sale by N-1 at the end of both rehearsals. The cost is $25. Checks should be made payable to "PHSMB".

Performance attire on parade day will be the Emerald Brigade travel shirt (white polo), black shorts, white socks, and white athletic shoes. Water will be provided.

Traffic will be restricted on Bernardo Center Drive and parking will be a challenge. Plan to arrive early. Carpooling is encouraged. Parking may be available in the RB Town Center parking lot near Vons (11986 Bernardo Plaza Drive).

See the following for more information about the event:

Poway 4th of July Fireworks Celebration

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Gates Open at 6:00 p.m., Fireworks at 9:00 p.m.

$5 per person at the gate, children 11 and under are free

Poway High School Titan Stadium, 15500 Espola Road, Poway

Cap off your 4th with an "awesome" fireworks display! At this annual event, the PHS Music Boosters are given the opportunity to earn valuable fundraising dollars (around $6,000!) in partnership with the Community Services Department of the City of Poway. A portion of the entrance fee will go to PHSMB.

We need adults volunteers for fireworks security. Please sign up for this easy job - all you need to do is find a buddy and sit back in your beach chair for 2.5 hours and watch over the perimeter to make sure no one goes in the fall-out zone. If we don't get 24 people to sign up for security we lose this fundraiser altogether. So please do your part this year and sign up. Go to the 4th of July Adult Volunteer Sign-Up Page to volunteer.

We also need students to sell concessions and merchandise on the football field before and during the fireworks show. Go to the 4th of July Student Volunteer Sign-Up Page to volunteer.

This will be a fun event for all. All of our volunteers will get into the show for free (spectator admission is $5 per person for ages 12 and up).

Contact Kari Nietz-Gigstad at kngigstad@gmail.com if you have any questions.

See the following for more information about the event on the City of Poway's website:

Bertrand's Music Fundraiser

July 7, July 9-13, 2018

Bertrand's Music, 12439 Poway Road, Suite C

This fundraiser is fun for the whole family - ALL band and orchestra families are invited to participate! Bertrand's Music will pay PHSMB $5 for every instrument that we clean and check for adjustments. This could be worth thousands of dollars!!! The event will be held at the Bertrand's location at 12439 Poway Road, Suite C, directly across the street from Jack in the Box (almost on the corner of Poway and Pomerado Roads) next to Burger King.

Last year student and parent volunteers made over $4,000 cleaning and testing hundreds and hundreds of instruments! We can do it again this year!

We need 5 students and 2 adults for three two-hour shifts each day on July 7 and July 9 through 13. Bertrand's will train us to become experts in cleaning and evaluating woodwind instruments, AND testing violins. ANYONE can sign up, including brass, string, percussion, and non-musicians! Orchestra students - violin cleaning and testing are on Wednesday, July 11, but you can sign up for any day.

Contact Pam Yates at pamyates12@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Please use the links below to sign up for a shift:

NOTE TO WOODWIND MUSICIANS: Please bring your mouthpiece and reeds of preference for testing.

NOTE TO STRING MUSICIANS: We will be testing violins on Wednesday, July 11!!

Annual Welcome Back Emerald Brigade Picnic

Saturday, August 11, 12:00-3:00 p.m.

Lake Poway, 14644 Lake Poway Road map

The PHS Music Boosters along with your 2018 Band Leadership will be hosting the Annual "Welcome Back" Emerald Brigade Picnic on Saturday, August 11 at Lake Poway. All Band & Color Guard members AND their families are invited to this celebration of the upcoming marching season.

Leadership would like all freshmen at join them before the picnic at 11:30 a.m. This will be a great opportunity for incoming freshmen to meet their section leaders and have their burning questions about band camp answered!

This FAMILY event is a potluck-style picnic. Pizza will be provided. Bring chairs, blankets, pop-ups, and a dish to share (see section assignments below):

  • Color Guard: Chips
  • Clarinets: Salad
  • Flute: Fruit & Veggies
  • Saxophones: Side Dish
  • High Brass: Side Dish
  • Low Brass: Drinks, Ice, Ice Chests & Coolers
  • Percussion: Dessert

Please RSVP to Melissa Martinez at melissamqmartinez@gmail.com by Thursday, August 10 with a headcount if you plan to attend. She needs to how much pizza to order!

2018 Emerald Brigade Band Camp

Monday, August 13 - Friday, August 17

Attendance at the Emerald Brigade Band Camp is required for all marching band students. During this week, students are introduced to the field show that will be featured at halftime during home football games and performed at tournament competitions.

Please check back soon for the Band Camp schedule.

The traditional Family & Friends Concert will be held on the evening of Friday, August 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the N-Quad to close out Band Camp week. Everyone is invited. Be sure to bring a lawn chair and some snacks!

What should you bring to Band Camp? Here's some recommendations, but be sure to check with your Section Leader:

  • Sun block - bring plenty and plan to re-apply often during the day
  • Sun hat with good coverage (see the expert campers below)
  • Sneakers (NO sandals or flip-flops)
  • Lots of water - one gallon in an insulated drink container isn't too much!
  • NO soda, but Gatorade is great
  • Lunch and nutritious snacks
  • 3-ring binder for music and a pencil
  • Dot book (ask your Section Leader where to get one)
  • Your instrument!

Band Camp Family & Friends Concert

Friday, August 17, 6:30 p.m.

PHS N-Quad

The traditional Family & Friends Concert will be held on the evening of Friday, August 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the N-Quad to close out Band Camp week. Everyone is invited.

The Emerald Brigade will perform part of their field show music, and fire up the crowd with the PHS Fight Song. See how far they have come after one week of hard work! Be sure to bring your camp or beach chair.

Performance attire will be the Emerald Brigade travel shirt (white polo), black shorts, white socks, and white athletic shoes.

White Emerald Brigade polo shirts (AKA travel shirts) will be available for sale before the concert. The cost is $25. Checks should be made payable to "PHSMB".

Emerald Brigade Uniform Fitting & Registration

Saturday, August 18, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 19, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

PHS Band Room N-1

Welcome, new and returning Marching Band students! Uniform Fittings for all marching band students will be held on Saturday, August 18, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and Sunday, August 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Band Room (N-1).

All students MUST be accompanied by at least one parent.

For detailed information about Registration & Uniform Fitting including links to all registration forms, go to the Emerald Brigade Registration Page for 2018.

First Day of School

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

The Emerald Brigade will be playing the fight song at the morning Assembly before first period. Wear your white Emerald Brigade polo shirt, black shorts, and white sneakers to school in the morning. All students should meet at the Band Room by 7:15 a.m. You can bring a change of clothes for the rest of the day.

First Thursday Night Rehearsal

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Call time on the field at 6:30 p.m.

Rehearsal ends at 9:00 p.m.

PHS Titan Stadium

Everyone is invited to sit in the stands and watch the Emerald Brigade prepare this year's field show! The best time for parents and siblings to come is for the last hour, although spectators can view the rehearsal at any time. Thursday evenings are an awesome time to show your support for our hard-working kids, enjoy the progress of the field show, and meet friends.

Color Guard Members: Wear a black T-shirt and black shorts.

Band Members: Wear a white T-shirt and sneakers, and bring your dot book. You can also bring your music to check during breaks.

All EB Members: Bring a water bottle for breaks. Later in the season, you may want to pack a sweatshirt or jacket in your bag if the evening is chilly.

Mandatory Emerald Brigade Chaperone Training

Thursday, August 23, 2018

6:45-7:45 p.m.

PHS Band Room N-1

We need to have all of our Chaperones ("Home" and/or "Away"), including Plumers (placing plumes in shakos) and Hair Inspectors, trained and ready for our entire year of events. If you signed up or are interested in signing up for any of these positions, it is mandatory that you come to this very important presentation. This training will only happen once this year, so it is essential that you attend.

Training will be conducted by Melissa Martinez (Lead Away Chaperone), Jamie Casados (Co-Lead Away Chaperone), and Pam Yates (Lead Home Chaperone).

If you are unable to attend, please send email to Pam Yates at pamyates12@gmail.com or Melissa Martinez at melissamqmartinez@gmail.com.

Orchestra Welcome Back Picnic

Saturday, August 25, 12:00-3:00 p.m.

Lake Poway, 14644 Lake Poway Road map

The PHS Music Boosters along with your 2018 Orchestra Leadership will be hosting a "Welcome Back" Orchestra Picnic on Saturday, August 25 at Lake Poway. All Orchestra students AND their families are invited to this celebration of the new school year. Please download a Picnic flyer and put it on your refrigerator or pass it on to your orchestra friends.

This FAMILY event is a potluck-style picnic so please bring a dish to share! Drinks and paper products will be provided. Bring chairs, blankets, pop-ups, frisbees, etc.

Please RSVP to Melissa Martinez at melissamqmartinez@gmail.com or 858-229-7267 by Thursday, August 23 with a headcount if you plan to attend. She needs to how many drinks to provide.

Emerald Brigade Picture Day

Saturday, August 25, 2018

7:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

PHS Band Room N-1

2018-2019 Emerald Brigade pictures will be taken in full uniform on Saturday, August 25. Photos will be taken of the full band, sections, and individual members. You can also ask the photographer to take a picture of your select "buddy group." As in past years, Most Valuable Photographers (MVP) will shoot our "official" photos.

Remember to bring your black marching shoes and to wear a black T-shirt, black shorts, and black socks. Please, NO MAKEUP - foundation, powder, and blush will stain the uniforms. Hair may be styled. You will not have to wear a shako.

Please check back for pricing and ordering information.