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 periods 6 and 7, 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 ‘Emerald’ and incorporates a ‘Wizard of Oz’ theme.
Last year, the 60-member Dos Pueblos Marching Chargers won first place at the Royal Classic Competition in Simi Valley on October 17th. The Chargers took second place in the 2A division at the Oxnard Tournament on Nov. 14th. The Chargers finished the year participating in the SCSBOA Championship in San Diego on Dec 5th.
Key Band Components
- Drum Major –The drum major leads the band in preparation and training; also leads the section leaders. Andrew Barone is the drum major for this season (2013). Also, Amanda Blau and Brandon Phung are assistant drum majors.
- 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.
- Color 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 color 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 Drumline 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.
Football Game Day Routine
- Students will load the equipment truck around 6th or 7th period
- Arrive at 6:00 pm and be on the football field at that time
- Wear pants, black socks, shoes, black t-shirt; bring jacket, gloves, cumberbund
- All girls (and boys with long hair) should wear their hair in one french braid…..if you hair is not long enough don’t worry about it, but please pull it back and out of your face.
- National Anthem at 6:50
- Parents arriving for start of game: allow about 20 minutes to park, buy tickets, and find a seat.
- Game “usually” ends approximately 10:00 pm.
- Unload truck (if needed) at DPHS band room after game.