In the Poway Unified School District, Fall brings Homecomings, Red Ribbon and Character Counts weeks, along with a much-anticipated field competition season for the high schools' marching bands and color guards. This is the cumulation of months of practice and hard work, providing spectators with visually stunning shows, full of precise movements and music and artistry. We wanted to bring you some of those striking images to you, with the help of some generous photographers, Jim and Gina Leverette, Lisa Degelsmith, Brett Alan, and Tim Garcia. Please scroll down to enjoy the photos. If you're viewing this on your phone, make sure to turn it sideways (landscape) to see the full photos.

Photo Courtesy (Top, Mt. Carmel Senior Night): Brett Alan Photography; (Above, Presentation of Bands): Tim Garcia, right angle portraits

This year, four PUSD campuses are hosting tournaments: Rancho Bernardo Field Tournament (Oct. 7), Poway Invitational Field Tournament (Oct. 21), Mt. Carmel Tournament of Bands (Oct. 28), and Westview Field Show Tournament (Nov. 8). PUSD is proud to be hosting so many outstanding student groups from all over the state. Thank you for sharing your talent and passion with us on the field.

A message from our Superintendent: "Visual and performing arts have a long and exciting history of excellence in our District. We have seen firsthand how music can change and enrich our children’s lives. I am thrilled to see this tradition continue in PUSD with shows that inspire, dazzle, and lift our spirits. Special thanks to all of our sponsors and donors, boosters and volunteers, community members, music directors, and everyone else who worked so hard behind the scenes to make this event possible. And congratulations to our students on the realization of those countless hours of practice in their brilliant performances." -Marian Kim-Phelps, Ed.D.

Rancho Bernardo Royal Regiment, Photo Courtesy: Tim Garcia, right angle portraits

Rancho Bernardo High School kicked off the season with the Rancho Bernardo Field Tournament on October 7, 2017, presented by the Southern California School Band & Orchestra Association (SCSBOA) and the Rancho Bernardo High School Music Boosters. All of our high school bands participated. You can click on the smaller photos to enlarge them.

All Above Photos Courtesy: Tim Garcia, right angle portraits
Poway High Emerald Brigade, Photo Courtesy: Jim & Gina Leverette

On Saturday, October, 21, 2017, Poway High School welcomed 20 bands from all over Southern California to the Poway Invitational Field Tournament (PIFT). The visiting bands performed their competitive field shows for a panel of Southern California School Band & Orchestra Association (SCSBOA) judges.

It takes a huge behind-the-scenes effort from students and Music Booster volunteers to pull off an event like this. The Poway Invitational Field Tournament is in its 25th year.

Photos Courtesy Jim and Gina Leverette, Lisa Degelsmith
Photos Courtesy Jim and Gina Leverette
(Top left, Del Norte; Bottom left, Rancho Bernardo; Top right, Mt. Carmel; Bottom right, Poway High) Photos Courtesy: Lisa Degelsmith
Marching Sundevils, Photo Courtesy: Brett Alan Photography

On October 28, 2017, Mt. Carmel High School will host the 41st Annual Mt. Carmel Tournament of Bands, one of Southern California's largest and oldest High School Parade and Band Tournaments. The all-day event, presented by the Mt. Carmel Music Foundation, combines a band review and parade with morning and evening field shows. Over 40 bands and color guards are expected to perform. For ticket information go to this link.

All Above Photos Courtesy of Brett Alan Photography
Westview Gold, Photo Courtesy: Tim Garcia, right angle portraits

Finally, Westview Gold Marching Band will be hosting their 14th Annual Field Show Tournament on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 starting at 6pm. For more information, follow this link.


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