November 21, 2022: 2023 OMEA District Solo & Ensemble Registration Information

Registrations for the 2023 District Solo & Ensemble Contest are now being accepted! Please look for the email sent by Mr. Zander today 11/21 for full details and registration links.

November 21, 2022: Congratulations All-Northwest Honor Group Music Conference students!

Congratulations to the following students from Mountainside HS who were selected to participate in an All-Northwest Honor group at this year’s All-Northwest Music Conference:

All-Northwest Honor Band

Liam Andrews (percussion)

Tori Hand, All-NW Band (percussion)

Henry Marr, All-NW Band (trumpet)

Kalina Rencher, All-NW Band (flute)

All-Northwest Honor Orchestra:

Carter Cluff (percussion)

Rowan Oakes-Harada (horn)

These students were selected among thousands of applicants from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska, Wyoming, and Montana. Congrats to them for this huge achievement!

November 8, 2022: Marching Band Award Banquet

The Marching Band Awards Banquet is right around the corner! This special evening is a celebration of our kids’ hard work and accomplishments over the last 2.5 months. Our students (and staff!) are amazing and we want to celebrate them with a delicious dessert potluck, so please join us and bring a treat to share!

When: Tuesday, November 8th

Time: 7:30 - 9:00pm

Where: MHS Commons

Who: All marching & guard students AND their families!

Bring: A dessert to share, homemade or store-bought

Volunteer on the Pit Crew for the NWAPA Championships

The NWAPA Championships at Autzen Stadium is this Saturday! Our students have worked so hard and have accomplished amazing things this season, and we are excited to support and cheer them on this Saturday!

We are *almost* there in terms of volunteer needs, but we need SIX MORE volunteers for Pit Crew. We don’t have our official itinerary yet, but we would need you for the entirety of the day in Eugene, from about mid-morning until about 10 PM in the evening (firm details coming). It’s a long day but an AWESOME day with the best parent community around! Can YOU help us out?

What does Pit Crew do?

You would arrive first to Autzen Stadium and help unload our trucks of all equipment and instruments. This team puts together Camp Mountainside — setting up the tents and creating our uniform and food stations. When students are warming up or performing, Pit Crews helps push the front ensemble instruments and equipment to where it needs to go (for both prelims and finals). At the conclusion of our final performance, Pit Crew will tear down Camp Mountainside, then reload the trucks and head home. These amazing parents are the backbone of our whole operation and we are so grateful for how they take care of our students and volunteer teams!

Please consider joining us for this awesome finale to our 2022 season. Go to and look for “2022 Pit Crew - Competitions” to sign up TODAY!

Oct 31,2022: Prep for Championships this weekend and the End of Marching Season

It's championships week! Please note:

  1. The band will be performing pep tunes ONLY for Friday night's football game; no half-time show.

  2. Saturday is a LOOOONG day. Plan ahead throughout the week, grabbing as much rest whenever you can get it.

  3. Truck unloading will take place on Sunday afternoon - plan to help unload the truck if you are in pit, drumline, guard, or sousaphone sections.

  4. On Monday after school next week, we will be cleaning up from marching season. All pit, drumline, guard, section leaders, drum majors, and anyone who used a school-owned instrument will need to attend. Clean up starts at 2:45pm.

Oct 31,2022: Schedule Change this Week

This week we prepare for the most important performance of the season, NWAPA Championships. Due to this and the successes of the football team, we have a few updates for this Thursday and Friday. Please see the details below:


  • This rehearsal will shift to 4:30 - 7:30. This change is reflected in the online calendar. Coach Mannion & the football team have been flexible and a great partner throughout the whole season and we have figured out a way to have the stadium field on Thursday for a whole 3 hours. This means that BOTH of our full ensemble rehearsals will be on the stadium field which is VERY valuable.


  • The football team is ranked 6th in state and has secured an at-home first round playoff game. CONGRATS TO THEM! This means we have an added football game. We will NOT be performing the halftime show to allow the parents to pack the trucks early and make their way to Eugene in a timely manner. (There will be a truck staying later to pack the tubas & battery equipment.)

  • Call time for EVERYONE will be 6:15

    • Winds & Battery: We will be doing the normal football routine with pep band music in the stands. Please come prepared with rain gear, MHS/spirit theme attire, music, water, and instrument.

    • Front Ensemble: You will be preparing your instruments and equipment to be loaded on the truck. When you are complete, you will be excused.

    • Guard: You will also be preparing your uniforms and equipment to be loaded on the truck. Katy will have more details for you.

Thank you all for being flexible and understanding as we prepare for this weekend as well as supporting our football team. If you have any questions or concerns, please let Blake Kuroiwa know.

Century Showcase 2022: 5th Place

Congratulations to our hard working musicians. Great energy in the run at the Century Showcase!

Oct 29, 2022: Century Showcase Volunteers Needed

Please consider spending the day with the absolute BEST students and most AMAZING parent community? Your help means everything to our students and also makes our comp days run smoothly and successfully. Please don’t wait to sign up as this can make it hard to plan our day. Head to and sign up NOW!

Saturday, October 29th - Century Showcase @ Hillsboro Stadium

*Pit Crew - Arrive early to Camp Mountainside to set up camp, push front ensemble and other equipment to warm-ups and on/off field for shows, tear down camp at end of day and unload trucks back at school. THIS TEAM IS ESSENTIAL TO THE SUCCESS OF OUR DAY. Without a full pit-crew, we cannot get equipment on and off the field in a timely manner (this can count against us!) and parents/students will be pulling double duty.

*Chaperones -Ride bus to and from competition, accompany students throughout the day, help keep students safe, assist students as needed.

👉🏼 Both of these roles have a lot of downtime and opportunities to sit and enjoy the company of other parents (or to read a book!). And volunteers get a front row seat to our show!

Liberty Marching Arts Challenge: High Visuals and 2nd Place Overall

Congratulations to our students for recieving High Visurals and placing 2nd overall at the Liberty March Arts Challenge!

Band Booster Sponsorship Program

We are very excited to announce our updated Mavericks Band Boosters sponsorship program. Our new sponsorship perks provide numerous opportunities for our community to engage with and support local businesses, while also raising funds for our amazing music program at Mountainside High School.

As many of you know, getting adequate funding to provide students with a high school level music program requires a lot of support. Oftentimes, funding for the arts program is the first to get cut in a school's budget. With your help, we can build and maintain a program that is diverse and competitive.

Please consider becoming a Patron by donating as little as $20 or sign up for one of our Business Level sponsorship tiers. If you know a business owner in the area who you think would like to join us, direct them to our website. Note: All sponsors must fill out and return the 2022-2023 Sponsorship Form to be eligible for any sponsor perks. After receiving your form and payment the fundraising team will reach out to you directly.

Thank you for your support!

What does it take to be in Marching Band?

Food Donations Needed: Drop off Oct 20th

Our food team is busy planning another delicious meal for students and volunteers at our next competition, but would love some help providing desserts and drinks. If you are able to help, please sign up here:

Desserts can be homemade or store bought. Please drop off all donations at MHS on October 20th between 7:00-7:30pm by the outside doors to the band hall, or email to make other arrangements.

Thank you for helping fill bellies and putting smiles on our students' faces!

Volunteers Needed: Liberty Marching Arts Challenge at Hillsboro Stadium

Our next competition is in less than two weeks and we have lots of opportunities available for you to help out. Volunteers get a front row seat to our show! You can sign up TODAY at The quicker we fill these roles, the less you’ll hear from me! 😉

Friday, October 21st — Truck Loading from 5-7pm

*Truck Loaders (NEED 3 MORE)

- Come help load up the trucks for competition! Bring your work gloves and wear closed toe shoes! **Most equipment is on wheels but some items do require a bit of muscle.

Saturday, October 22nd - Liberty Marching Arts Challenge @ Hillsboro Stadium


- Ride bus with students to and from competition. Accompany students for the entirety of competition day, helping with various needs as they come up. Please look for specific sign up (Band or Colorguard).

*Pit Crew (NEED 7 MORE)

- This essential team arrives at competition site first, sets up Camp Mountainside (tents, uniform & food stations, benches, etc), helps students push equipment on and off the field for each performance (2x each competition day), breaks down Camp Mountainside at conclusion of day and helps unload the truck at the school. These volunteers are the bones of our whole operation and we cannot do competition days without them!

As always, we are so grateful for our parents and how you make our band community a fun and positive place to belong! THANK YOU to everyone who is already signed up to serve in various roles next week!

Questions? Please email me at

Sherwood Fall Showcase: 2nd Overall

Congratulations to our students for placing 2nd overall at the Sherwood Fall Showcase! We had an awesome day, thanks to our students’ hard work and all the amazing parents who stepped in to volunteer.

Marching Season Competition FAQ

]What is the difference between Preliminary and Finals? Most competitions consist of two parts. Preliminary Competition (or prelims) happens in the morning and early afternoon. Finals Competition takes place in the evening. All groups perform in prelims, while only those who are invited stay for the finals. This number varies according to the venue, but is between 15-20 bands. If fewer than 15 bands performed in prelims, then all of the bands will typically return for finals.

How is the order of performance determined? Prelim performance time is based on a lottery system. At a meeting held in August, the show order is determined in a random drawing to determine which order the individual bands will go in within their class. Depending on the number of participating bands, the first performance is sometime around 9 or 10am, with the last prelim performance around 3:30. After an awards ceremony and a dinner break, the Finals begin.

Finals performance order is in reverse order of the preliminary scores without regard to classification. That is, the highest scoring preliminary band will go last in Finals. Finals awards are generally at 9:45pm. It is a long but very eventful and rewarding day!

What is A Class? AA Class? AAA Class? There are four classes of performing groups. Class A contains the smaller groups, while AAAA is the largest groups.

What is the Awards Retreat? For both Prelims and Finals, representatives from the band (usually the Drum Majors and Guard Captains) line up on the field and wait for the results to be announced. When their school's name is called, the representatives salute and step forward to receive any trophies/awards. It is also quite common for representatives to honor other bands by saluting them in some fashion when they receive an award.

How are the bands scored at competition? Six judges evaluate each group at each performance. Details for scoring are listed in the program for the event (these cost anywhere from $2-$5, depending on the venue, but are usually worth every penny). The categories include Music General Effect, Music Ensemble, Music Individual, Visual General Effect, Visual Ensemble, and Visual Individual. Different categories hold different weights toward the total score. The maximum score is 100. Trophies are given for third, second, and first place, as well as for "Caption Awards", such as High General Effect (combined Visual GE and Music GE), High Visual (combined individual and ensemble visual), High Music (combined individual and ensemble music), High Percussion, and High Auxiliary.

What should I know about etiquette at these events? Even though competitions are held in football stadiums, fan behavior is not the same as at a game.

There are definite protocol expectations that are common to all marching band competitions.

  • Please do not enter the stadium during a band performance. Visiting the concession stands between performances is often a great way to support the host band, but do not expect to re-enter if a band has begun playing. This is for the comfort of the audience watching the show, and to avoid distractions for the players.

  • For the same reason, do not leave the seating area during a performance, unless it is an emergency.

  • Please turn off cell phones during performances, or at least set them to "vibrate"

  • Please try to refrain from loud gum-chewing, program rattling, or other noisemakers during performances

  • Except for applauding and cheering, chit-chat during a performance is also discouraged. This bothers those around you who are trying to pay attention to the performance.

  • Try to wear Mountainside colors and look for other Mountainside parents to sit next to.

  • As world-class fans, we cheer for everyone! Booing is in extremely poor taste. Similarly, any comments about another school's program, or even students from our own program need to be limited to positive comments only. Besides the fact that we do not win by putting others down, you never know who is sitting nearby. We have something to learn from every single school that has a program, and our primary goal is to support the overall education of all children in every school.

  • When our students are in uniform, they are working. Please do not expect to pull them away from the rest of the group. If you do want to remove your student from the rest of the Mountainside group, or if you have other questions, please check with the head chaperone. Please do not expect a private conference with the Directors or another staff member on a competition day. Their focus is 100% on our students.

  • After the prelims, please offer only positive comments to our students. Directors and the staff will handle anything that needs to be corrected. Genuine praise is always welcome!

What should I bring as an audience member? You might be more comfortable if you bring:

  • A stadium seat. Even though most venues have chairs with backs, sometimes the seats are hard, and another layer of cushions is welcome. Some venues, such as at Evergreen HS are only able to provide bleacher seats.

  • A blanket, gloves, a hat, and a warm coat. It gets chilly up there by the evening. Dressing in layers is the best way to go.

  • Water and/or a thermos of tea or coffee, and snacks. These are available at the concessions stands, but sometimes it is difficult to get to the stands when you would like to, and it does not add to your overall cost.

  • A pen or two for recording scores. It's fun to keep track of everyone through the season.


Jeremy M. Zander

Director of Bands

Mountainside High School

October 7 & 8, 2022: Critical Need for Volunteers

We are critically low on volunteers. Please look through the opportunities below and consider signing up to help with Pit Crew or as a Chaperone. If we do not fill these roles, our students will not have the support they need to have a successful competition day. Our kids have worked so hard to get to this point and we want to make sure they have everything they need! Will you help?

👉🏼 All opportunities can be found at

Friday, 10/7 - Football Game

*Pit Crew (Need 7 more)

- Help students push equipment on and off field for halftime show.

Saturday, 10/8 - Competition @ Sherwood High School

🆘 Pit Crew (NEED 9 MORE)

- This essential team arrives at competition site first, sets up Camp Mountainside (tents, uniform & food stations, benches, etc), helps students push equipment on and off the field for each performance (2x each competition day), breaks down Camp Mountainside at conclusion of day and helps unload the truck at the school. These volunteers are the bones of our whole operation and we cannot do competition days without them!

*Chaperones - Band (Need 3 more) & Colorguard (Need 1 more)

- Hang out with students for the entirety of competition day, helping with various needs as they come up. Must be able to pull a wagon with water and other equipment. Please look for specific sign up (Band or Colorguard).

THANK YOU to those who have already signed up and who have served in different roles this year so far. Our marching program is awesome because we have amazing parents! Let’s keep it going!

October 6, 2022: MBB Board Meeting 7pm

The next meeting of the MBB board will take place on October 6 at 7pm in the MHS Community Room (across from the band room).

If you are a Marching LEAD, please attend this meeting. We will have a short meeting to discuss the upcoming Sherwood Fall Showcase!

ALL band parents/guardians are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Questions or items for the agenda should be emailed to

Order Show Shirts through Sept 20!

The wait is over! The apparel store for our Show Shirts is now OPEN!

PLEASE NOTE: All Marching and Color Guard members will receive a show t-shirt from the Band Boosters. Anything in addition to the t-shirt will need to be ordered through the link provided.

The store will only be open for ONE WEEK. So please don't hesitate ordering your merchandise.

Store Opens: 9/12/22

Store Closes: 9/20/22

Pick-up/ Ship: 10/5/22

Please reach out if you have any questions at

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities!

Lots of upcoming volunteer opportunities for you to sign up for!

Saturday, 9/17 - Front Walls Work Party

*10:00am - 1:00pm

We need help putting the front walls for our show together! This includes removing the old vinyls, minor repairs to the frames as needed, ironing out the new vinyls and attaching them to the frames. No experience necessary! If you are available THIS SATURDAY from 10-1, to start this process, please sign up on Better Impact — the more, the merrier.

Any of the following would be super helpful to bring:


-Flathead screwdriver

-An iron with a towel

-Staple gun w/staples

Thursday, 9/22 - Football Game

*Uniform Team

*Pit Crew

*Band Seating in Grandstands

Friday, 9/23 - Marching Band Picture Day

*Uniform Team

Sign up for these opportunities today at! Thanks for helping make our band program awesome!

September 10, 2022: Information for Beaverton Parade and Band Day

What to bring on Saturday for Beaverton Parade and Band Day:

• Under-Uniform apparel (black shoes, socks, shirt)

• Band Day clothes • Instrument and supplies

• LOTS of Water (to drink w lunch AND during band day)

• Snacks (lunch is provided, but snacks are always a good idea)

• Sunscreen/hat/sunglasses and other rehearsal supplies

Meet at the school at 8am and you will be dismissed at 5pm.

If you have any questions please contact

How to Volunteer with the Mountainside Band

Parents that have not volunteered before… BSD requires that all volunteers complete an application and background check process in order to help at our events. The application page is:

If you are already an approved BSD volunteer and need to have Mountainside added to your profile… please email: (Note the underscores between words).

• Per OAR 333-019-1030, all volunteers — whether inside or outside, whether during the school day or after-school hours — must receive either two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccine OR the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine AND be at least 14 days past their final vaccine dose. At this point, booster shots are not required.

Volunteers who are unable to be vaccinated due to a documented medical condition (including pregnancy) or due to a sincerely held religious belief must submit the required Oregon Health Authority (OHA) exception form.

How to upload your vaccine card:

  1. Login to your profile.

  2. On the right side of the screen, click on the My Profile tab and then Additional Information.

  3. Scroll to the Beaverton School District and then click on the Select Organization button.

  4. From this new screen, scroll down to the bottom to the COVID Vaccination section and click on the Choose File button to upload a copy of your card or exception.

  5. After you select the file make sure to click on the green Save button to complete the upload

If you have any questions please contact

September 10, 2022: Volunteers Needed for Beaverton Parade and Band Day

Saturday, September 10th will be a big day for the marching band and we still need quite a lot of help to make it happen!

Beaverton Parade:


We need volunteers to chaperone students at the parade. Chaperones will ride the bus to and from parade, walk the parade route with students and help provide water when needed. There will be one or two wagons to pull with water and emergency items. This is a fun day in our community and a great way to represent our school! 8:00AM-12:30PM

Band Day:


We still need MANY more drivers to make this day possible. Drivers will be grouped up with one or two other parents to drive pods of students to neighborhoods in our school boundary, where they will knock on doors, play their instruments and ask for donations. Band Day is our most important fundraiser of the year, which helps make all of our band programs successful, including marching band. Please sign up to be a part of this fun afternoon with students! Car assignments will begin this coming Tuesday, so please don’t wait to sign up! 1:00-4:00PM

All volunteer opportunities can be found at Please email me at if you have any questions.

Thank you for helping make our band program awesome!

September 1, 2022: MBB Board Meeting 7pm

The next meeting of the MBB board with take place on Thursday, September 1 at 7pm in the MHS Community Room (across from the band room).

ALL band parents/guardians are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Questions or items for the agenda should be emailed to

August 29, 2022: Band Online Store Now Open!

We are happy to announce that our MHS Band online store is open! Band apparel and accessories are offered for anyone who celebrates and enjoys music at Mountainside, and can be worn at competitions, festivals, and events all year long.

Order here:

Please note the online store CLOSES on September 12, 2022. Don't hesitate in ordering your apparel!

Items can be shipped to your home address or picked up at Adams Screenprint in Sherwood on October 3, 2022. You may select which option best fits your needs as you complete your order.

Many items are available for personalization. This option is useful for students to be able to identify their specific swag since they will have identical items.

For our new marching families who may not know what to order, the most useful items for students have been the duffel bag (personalized) and warm clothing.

We are offering some new items this year: MHS Performance t-shirt - black (dri-fit), Beanie, Booney Hat, and Fanny Pack!


Show Shirt - I apologize for the inconvenience, but the show shirt will be available in a separate online store that will be provided to you very soon. The Fall Marching show shirt design is offered in both t-shirt and pullover hoodie sweatshirt versions. The back of the shirt has a list of all the Marchers for our 2022 season. The pullover hoodie sweatshirt version can be personalized for an additional fee.

Please Note: All of the marchers and color guard will receive a show t-shirt. Any additional items will need to be purchased.

Please reach out if you have any questions at

August 27, 2022: Marching Band Preview Performance and Potluck

Welcome to our 2022 marching season! We are excited to kick off another great year and what better way to do that than our annual Parent Preview Performance & Potluck?! On Saturday, August 27th at 5 PM, your family is invited to join us for a BBQ potluck, followed by a preview performance, where our students will show us all the amazing things they have learned during band camp. You won't want to miss it!

The Mavericks Band Boosters will be providing burgers, buns and condiments for all in attendance but we would love your help in providing sides, desserts and drinks for this event. You can visit this link to sign up for items today: Food Donation Sign-Up. All food items can be delivered to the tables set up by the stadium concessions between 4:30-4:45pm on 8/27. If you are donating drinks, you can drop them off on 8/25 or 8/26 during the dinner block, between 5-6 pm at the school (someone will be near the outside doors to the band hall to receive your drink donations).

Also! We need volunteers to make this evening a success, so if you are able to help us with any of the roles listed below, please visit Better Impact at to sign up TODAY!

  • UNIFORMS (look for 2022-23 Uniform Team, 8/27 on Better Impact)
    - 4:45 - 8:30 pm
    - Assist students as they get into their uniforms for the first time! Also, help students put their uniforms away correctly at the end of the night.

  • FOOD TEAM (look for 2022 Food Crew, 8/27, various times on Better Impact)
    - 4-5pm Set-up
    - 5-6 pm Serving at BBQ
    - 6-7 pm Clean-up

Thank you for helping us make this day a fun celebration of our students' hard work! If you have any questions, please email

August 24, 2022: Volunteer FAQ Meeting

Getting closer to the start of a new school year means that football games and competition days are fast approaching (not to mention the Beaverton Parade and Band Day!). If you haven’t heard me say this already, it takes a small city to make marching band happen! Parents/guardians are an immeasurable resource to our program and make it possible for our students to have their best performances possible.

With many new incoming families this year, there are naturally a lot of questions about the various volunteer opportunities that make marching season run smoothly. We would love for you to join us for a casual Volunteer FAQ Meeting on Wednesday, August 24th, from 5-6 PM. Drop dinner off with your student and meet us in the Community Room (across the hall from the band room) where our volunteer leads will be available to provide insight to their specific roles and answer all your questions.

Marching Band Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Pit Crew (The show literally can’t happen without this team!)

  • Uniform Crew

  • Food Team

  • Chaperone Team

If you are unable to join us on Wednesday, please feel free to email your inquires to We look forward to seeing you there!

August 24, 2022: Mav Up Picture Day for Marching Band Students

Mav Up Days (School Pictures!): Don't forget the school has set aside a special time for marching band students and athletes to get ready for the school year. Our block of time is on Wednesday, Aug. 24th from 8-9am. This is NOT grade dependent. This is for all marching band students.

August 22-26, 2022: Band Camp Dress Up Days

As it is tradition, the colorguard has come up with themed dress up days this week to create and connect our great band community. My hope is that you will participate in AT LEAST ONE dress up day throughout this week. But also, during full ensemble, we will still need you to be in white and black for your respective sections. By the way, I also email and encourage our staff to also participate in these days as it is pretty fun for everyone! they are:

  • Mis-match Monday - stripes and polka dots, the worst the better

  • Twin Tuesday - match with a friend or a group of friends

  • Wednesdays We Wear Pink - this is in honor of Mean Girls cause on Wednesdays, we wear pink

  • Throwback Thursday - wear anything from the past like an old school, something from the past, or a random past decade

  • Colors of the Rainbow Friday - pick any colors from the rainbow and wear it from head to toe

  • Holiday Swag Saturday - pick any holiday and sport the swag from that holiday

Email Excerpt from Blake Kuroiwa, 'Mid-Band Camp Update', Aug 21, 2022, 10:54 AM

August 13, 2022: Marching Band Registration/Info Meeting

Mark your calendars for the Saturday, Aug 13th Marching Band Registration/Info Meeting and Uniform fitting.

We will meet this Saturday at 9am in the MHS Auditorium for an informational meeting about the upcoming Marching Ensemble and Color Guard season. At this meeting, we will cover the following topics:

  • How to sign up for marching band

  • What to expect at band camp and future rehearsals

  • An overview of the full marching band season

  • What to expect at marching band competitions

  • A brief overview of the budget of the program and costs involved for participants

  • A meet & greet for parent volunteers and those wishing to get involved with volunteering

  • A Q&A session to answer anything we did not already address.