The Marching Band & Colorguard, also known as the Marching Dons, counts approximately 330 students in 2014-2015. The Dons are a Western Band Association (WBA) State Finalists every year since 2005, a Bands of America (BOA) Regional Finalist, 2006, 2007 and 2009, and have appeared in the London New Year’s Day Parade in both 2005 and 2009.
The musicians of the marching band play in a total of five Concert Bands – two Wind Ensembles, Wind Syphonies, and Symphonic Band. The Amador Valley Music program also includes three Jazz Bands (Jazz A, Jazz B, and Workshop), two Orchestras and several Choir ensembles, including Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, Women's Choir, Mixed Vocal Ensemble and Men's Ensemble. The Guard and Percussion units perform in two Winterguards and Winter Percussion units.
Mr. Jonathan Grantham is the Director of Jazz B, all of the concert bands, the Marching Band and Colorguard, and Winterguard and Winter Percussion. Mr. Mark Aubel is the Director of Jazz A, the orchestra and the choirs. Mr. Matthew Fell is the Assistant Director of Bands at Amador Valley High School, and also assists with the bands at Harvest Park Middle School. Each director has been recognized with a Pleasanton Unified School District Excellence in Education award.
Amador Friends of Music
The Amador Valley Music program is supported by the Amador Friends of Music (AFM), a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization which provides organization, fundraising, and volunteer support to the music program.
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The Amador Valley Music Department and AFM are the hosts of an annual Winter Guard and Winter Percussion Show, and the Campana Jazz Festival, both of which are held on the campus of AmadorValleyHigh School each February.
The Annual Magic of Music - an evening of dance, dinner, and auctions – is the primary fundraiser for instruments, uniforms, and other expenses associated with the award-winning music programs. In 2011, the Magic of Music will be held on Saturday, April 30.