El Estoque

Marching band equipment lined up on MVHS track field (photo used with permission)

Blurring the lines between art and sports

Amber Milesi, Staff Writer August 29, 2021

urple and gold flags fly six feet into the air. Dancers pirouette across the gym floor. A cacophony of saxophones and trumpets echo throughout the open band room door. The sights and sounds of many of...

Graphic by Annie Zhang

This is ________: Music and the human condition

From “Edelweiss“ to "808s & Heartbreak,” music is nestled within our day-to-day Zoom breaks, karaoke sessions and midnight adrenaline rushes. Read more about MVHS students and teachers’ nostalgic...

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
From serving as bonding events to fueling athletes in reaching their maximum potential, food is an integral part of an athletes’ experience. Whether it’s increasing intake of specific food groups to compensate for dietary restrictions or making their own meals, MVHS student-athletes have taken their diets into their own hands to make sure they’re “fuelin’ up.”

Fuelin’ Up

Anna Jerolimov, Jayanti Jha, Elena Khan, Lance Tong, and Brian Xu September 16, 2020
Exploring how food affects athletes before and during the COVID-19 pandemic
MV Marching Band performs at one of their home games. Photo courtesy of Music at Monta Vista.

MVHS Color Guard and MVHS Marching Band perform at the 2019 annual Cupertino Tournament of Bands competition

Justine Ha and Lance Tong October 17, 2019
MVHS Color Guard takes second place and Marching Band takes third place at their second competitive event of the year
MVHS 50th Anniversary Celebration

MVHS 50th Anniversary Celebration

Jai Uparkar September 25, 2019
Alumni and FUHSD board members reflect on the impact of MVHS on their lives
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...

First flags of the season: MVHS Color Guard’s first performance of the year

First flags of the season: MVHS Color Guard’s first performance of the year

Ananya Bhat September 15, 2017

It’s friday night at MVHS’s first home football game. The buzzer rings, signaling halftime. As the scuffed up bodies of the MVHS varsity football team jog over towards the sidelines, twirls of color,...

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...

Senior Anu Vaishnav looks longingly upon her uniform. The move to terminate Marching Band, while perhaps an economic necessity, has inflicted casualties. Hopefully, the optimism Vaishnav and Fey have faced the unfortunate circumstances with will rekindle the fire and allow the organization to re-emerge in a more practical form.

Discontinuation of marching band is a sad but sensible move

Pranav Parthasarathy September 26, 2013

Monta Vista Marching Band, an organization which previously won awards in many local and state competitions, had declined in terms of student interest for several years. Seeking to rejuvenate the ailing...

Seniors Mike Thomas, Anu Vaishnav and Connie Guan display their instruments and matching band sweatshirts. With the cancellation of the program, they will lose the experience of competing as marching band this year. Photo by Yashashree Pisolkar.

Marching off

Yashashree Pisolkar September 26, 2013

The bell for fourth period rang as senior Anu Vaishnav walked past the drill of cafeteria construction toward the F-building. It was the second week of school, and this Monday morning felt as uneventful...

Senior Anu Vaishnav recalls the time when she used to compete in her Marching band uniform. Recently, however, Vaishanv and her Marching Band teammates have not competed in their uniforms for a while since the program has been cut due to stressors such as lack of student interest and budget. Photo by Yashashree Pisolkar.

Marching band discontinued for remainder of school year

Yashashree Pisolkar September 10, 2013

The music department suspends Marching Band due to lack of student interest and unjustifiable budget usage. For students who enjoy the performing arts as well as team rivalry, the marching band is a...

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