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El Estoque

The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

Sophomore Abha Dash plays the flute during Symphonic Band’s performance. Symphonic Band played two pieces titled “West Highland Sojourn” and “Waltz No. 2” before intermission.

The instrumental music department hosts its annual Festival Concert

Melody Cui and Gauri Manoj February 19, 2022
Band and orchestra perform “From Britain with Love” with a feature from the Brass Ensemble
The symphonic band rehearses a piece of music a couple days after receiving it

From the music stand

Anushka De February 9, 2022
Listening in on how the symphonic band and Variations learn new pieces
Senior Claire Yang experiments with different types of art, from charcoal still lifes to digital drawings.

Choosing artistic and hands-on electives

Kalyani Puthenpurayil January 22, 2022
Exploring the creative courses that students take at MVHS
Photo courtesy of California All-State Music Education Conference

MVHS Music Department’s All-State Band and Orchestra members

Aditya Shukla and Devin Gupta February 8, 2021
How All-State band programs are managed through the screen
Band Director John Gilchrist talks to wind ensemble through zoom (photo used with permission of John Gilchrist)

COVID-19’s impact on the MVHS Band

Tina Low and Minjae Kang October 27, 2020
How Concert Band’s new instructor and students have adapted to virtual practices
Director of Marching Band John Gilchrist stands in front of Monta Vista, beaming  //  Used with Perrmisson

JOHN GILCHRIST: The new marching band director

Anika Sharma October 17, 2020
Getting to know John Gilchrist and his plans for the future of the music department
Photo by Jodi Johnson | Used with permission

Transitioning from a hands-on to hands-off classroom proves challenging

Justin E Kim and Mira Wagner September 18, 2020
Students and teachers explain the adjustment to learning over Zoom
Senior Yoanna Lee practices Jesus Loves Me by Chris Tomlin on stage.

Spirit of Song

Aditi Dixit and Lance Tong February 11, 2020
Members of local Christian praise teams reflect on the value of praise and community
Senior Yoanna Lee practices on stage.

VERGE: Spirit of Song

Ayah Ali-Ahmad January 31, 2020
Behind the scenes of a worship band’s rehearsal
MVHS’ first year of Marching Band comes to a close

MVHS’ first year of Marching Band comes to a close

Sara Entezarmahdi November 17, 2017

As the year comes to a close, the MV Marching Band takes its final bow, successfully closing off it's first season. Watch the video below to hear how the staff felt about the year and what to expect...

Band program revitalizes a marching tradition

Band program revitalizes a marching tradition

Jessica Xing November 11, 2016

espite waning interest that lead to its discontinuation in 2013, the absence of the MVHS marching band has since left a hole in the music program — a hole of the tall feathered hat, booming drum...

Wind Ensemble plays in the auditorium for their Spring Pops Concert. Wind Ensemble’s ending piece was a collection of arrangements from The Phantom of the Opera.

Band seniors say goodbye at the Spring Pops Concert

Dylan Tsai May 25, 2016

The conductor was holding his hand out as a high chime sounded. As the audience and the band sat, waiting, the ringing continued. Finally, in a swift motion, the conductor curled his outstretched hand...

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