The Mead High School music program is proud of its longstanding tradition of excellence in every component of the program. The marching band is a huge part of that and the recipient of numerous sweepstakes and caption awards throughout the Pacific Northwest and Western United States.
Marching band at Mead High School is one of the most exhilarating performing experiences you can be a part of. The amazing performances and trips, the excitement of competition and the long-lasting friendships all create an unforgettable experience and memories that last a lifetime.
The season typically begins with "retreat" and band camp, or two-a-day rehearsals. Our retreat for the MHS Marching Band has been established to kick off the season with an introduction or re-familiarization to basic skills needed throughout the season and team-building through social activities. Evening activities may include movie watching, karaoke singing, video games and many others. Retreat is commonly an overnight event and has historically been held on the campus of Mead HS or a nearby camp such as the Chewelah Peak Learning Center.
Following our retreat we begin our two-a-day rehearsals. These rehearsals will continue to develop fundamentals as well as introduce elements of the competitive show. Often on Friday of this week the group loads buses and heads to Silverwood for a complete day of fun! Although the band prides itself on discipline, hard work, and stellar performances we do like to have fun along the way! This is a very fun day.
During our two-a-days the show starts to take shape. This becomes a very important and exciting time for the group. Much of their efforts begin to be realized through the story-telling of the show and group success. Rehearsals are disciplined and hard work but are not without reward. This investment in oneself to be the best you can be pays off through great performances, travel, pride and ownership.
When school resumes, weekly rehearsals begin for the group. Rehearsals are usually 3 times per week after school as MBCG becomes much like a Fall sport. These rehearsals take place on the campus of MHS and are typically 3pm to 6pm. During September there are also 2 Saturday rehearsals that are held at Joe Albi Stadium; what a great venue for improving our show!
Our contest portion of the season is throughout the month of October. Our typical performance schedule includes three competitions throughout Washington and Oregon as well as an exhibition performance for our home crowd at the Pacific NW Marching Band Championships and home football games.
For more information about the Mead High School Marching Band contact:
Brandon Campbell - Brandon.Campbell@mead354.org