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The Marching Dons are a voluntary organization consisting of over 320 students each year. The band has been a Western Band Association (WBA) State Finalist every year since 2005 and are a Bands of America (BOA) Regional Finalist at each regional they have attended. Additionally the band has twice appeared in the London New Year’s Day Parade and the Fiesta Bowl National Band Championships and Parade, winning the field show portion in 2016.
The musicians of the marching band play in a total of five Concert Bands – two Wind Ensembles, two Symphonic Bands, and a Freshman 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 Winter Guards and Winter Percussion units.
The Choir Department consists of three different large groups: Concert Choir, Women's Choir, and Chamber Choir. We also have lunch time ensembles which consist of MVE (Mixed Vocal Ensemble, shown right), Barbershop Quartet, and Men's Ensemble.
The five concert bands at Amador are the cornerstone of the Amador Valley High School band program: Wind Ensemble I, Wind Ensemble II, Wind Symphony Purple, Wind Symphony Gold and Symphonic Band.
The Marching Dons are a voluntary organization consisting of over 300 students each year. The band has been a Western Band Association (WBA) State Finalist every year since 2005 and are a Bands of America (BOA) Regional Finalist at each regional they have attended. Additionally the band has twice appeared in the London New Year’s Day Parade and the Fiesta Bowl National Band Championships and Parade, winning the field show portion in 2016.
Amador Valley has a highly successful jazz program consisting of three ensembles: Jazz A, Jazz B, and Jazz Workshop. All bands have full instrumentation. Jazz A and Jazz B consistently earn high honors and awards for their musicianship and skill. In addition, members participate regularly in local, regional and national honors jazz ensembles.
We have over 120 students involved in the Amador Valley High School orchestra program. Ensembles include the String Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra. Literature rehearsed and performed consists of primarily Baroque, Classical, and Romantic music. We also work on music including Broadway, jazz, popular, fiddle, Celtic, multicultural, and many other styles.
With a 25-year history of national, regional, and local success, the Amador Valley Guard program supports two competitive scholastic Guards, competing in Winter Guard International (WGI) and California Color Guard Circuit (CCGC).
The Amador Winter Percussion program has earned national, regional and local accolades in the last 20 years through award-winning performances in Winter Guard International (WGI), and the Northern California Percussion Alliance (NCPA). Amador Valley High School Winter Percussion were awarded first place at NCPA championships in 2016 and second place in 2017, and are regular medalists in local circuit competitions and consistent finalists in WGI regional competition.
Mr. Jonathan Grantham is the Director of Jazz Workshop, all five concert bands, the Marching Dons and Winter Guard and Winter Percussion.
Mr. Mark Aubel is the Director of Jazz A, the orchestras and the choirs.
Mr. Patrick Dandrea is the Assistant Director of Bands and co-directs three of the concert bands as well as directing Jazz B and teaching AP Music Theory.
Mr. Grantham and Mr. Aubel both have been recognized with a Pleasanton Unified School District Excellence in Education award as well as being awarded PUSD Teacher of the Year.
Everyone in AFM is a volunteer. AFM supports more than a dozen ensembles, two music directors and a non-profit corporation (AFM). We coordinate fundraising, haul equipment, fit uniforms, cook, serve, drive, organize rosters, bookkeep, arrange travel, run festivals, and the list goes on. Nearly 350 music students at Amador receive the benefit of this support. If you have any amount of time (no amount is too small) and a desire to help one of the best music programs in all of California, then just ask "How Can I Help?".
The Amador Friends of Music (AFM) is recognized as a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization, and is the community booster organization in support of the music ensembles at AVHS .
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