The Dos Pueblos Marching Chargers is composed of the members of the Marching Band, Drumline and Colorguard. During the Fall Semester, the Marching Chargers perform at all home football games, participate in field competitions in Southern California and march in the State Street Holiday Parade. The Marching Chargers meet almost every day, working hard to put together a great show. For many students, being a part of this award-winning group is one of the highlights of their high school careers and a place to make long-lasting friendships and incredible memories for years to come. This years show is titled ‘Light as a feather’.
Key Band Components
- Drum Major –The drum major leads the band in preparation and training; also leads the section leaders. Brandon Dutcher is the drum major for this season (2015). Also, Annebel van der Meulen is assistant drum major.
- Band section leaders – Students from each section are chosen by the band director to assist with organizing training and practice for their sections. They assist as leaders during band camp.
- Dance Guard – This group is incorporated into the field shows, demonstrating a variety of artistic and physical skills during the show. They use flags, rifles, and swords. During the winter, the cdance guard performs in Winter Guard competitions, an indoor performance without the band.
- Drum Line – This is the drums and pit crew. For field show, the drums are part of the marching unit and the pit crew is set up in front of the band with the assistance from the parents. The pit has multiple xylophones, an electric piano, gong, glockenspiel, a set of tympani, and other equipment. During winter semester, the Drum Line competes indoors with the drummers marching and the pit crew performing in the front.
Marching band fulfills Physical Education requirements for graduation, and is limited to one semesters worth of PE credit per year.
Dos Pueblos High School provides all of the equipment and instruments required for the Drum line as well as tubas, baritones and mellophones. Many band students own their instruments but the school has used instruments available for students who may need them.
Football Games & Competition
At home football games on Friday nights, the Marching Chargers play the national anthem before the start of the game. During half time, the group performs the field show and provides pep music throughout the game.
Many students consider the field show competitions the highlight of the marching band experience.