El Estoque

COVID-19’s impact on the MVHS Band

Band Director John Gilchrist talks to wind ensemble through zoom (photo used with permission of John Gilchrist)
How Concert Band’s new instructor and students have adapted to virtual practices
October 27, 2020
How Concert Band’s new instructor and students have adapted to virtual practices

JOHN GILCHRIST: The new marching band director

Director of Marching Band John Gilchrist stands in front of Monta Vista, beaming  //  Used with Perrmisson
Getting to know John Gilchrist and his plans for the future of the music department
October 17, 2020
Getting to know John Gilchrist and his plans for the future of the music department

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

Photo by Jodi Johnson | Used with permission
Students and teachers explain the adjustment to learning over Zoom
September 18, 2020
Students and teachers explain the adjustment to learning over Zoom

Spirit of Song

Senior Yoanna Lee practices
Members of local Christian praise teams reflect on the value of praise and community
February 11, 2020
Members of local Christian praise teams reflect on the value of praise and community

VERGE: Spirit of Song

Senior Yoanna Lee practices on stage.
Behind the scenes of a worship band’s rehearsal
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
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
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...

Band seniors say goodbye at the Spring Pops Concert

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.
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...

Music teacher Jon Fey will leave MVHS on Wednesday, Oct. 29

Music teacher Jon Fey will leave MVHS on Wednesday, Oct. 29
October 23, 2014

After teaching for 13 years at MVHS, Fey finds a new job at Northgate High School “So you finally cleaned up the library?” The voice belonged to senior Karen Xu, who had been a member in band...

New kids on the block

New kids on the block
May 9, 2010

Passive Walk is a brand new kind of two-person band Movies often brainwash the mind to believe that a high school band is a ruckus in a garage, but not all bands fall into the stereotype. Sophomores...

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