Marching Band & Color Guard

The Amador Valley High School Marching Band began in 1928 with 23 students. The band has since grown to more than 300 members each year, making the Marching Dons the largest single campus activity and one of the oldest, largest and most prestigious marching bands in the state of California.

Amador's Marching Band & Color Guard has been a Western Band Association State Finalist every pre-pandemic year since 2005 and is consistently named a Bands of America Regional Finalist. The band appeared in the London New Year’s Day Parade in 2005 and 2009. In 2019, Amador finished first in its division at the Fiesta Bowl National Marching Band Competition.

For the Fall 2022 season, weeklong band camp begins Monday, Aug 1 (July 30 for new members). Once school starts (Aug 10), practices are Mondays and Wednesdays 5-8pm, some Fridays 4-7pm and some Saturdays 9am-4pm. The Marching Dons perform at home football games (Friday nights), field show competitions (Saturdays in October and November) and compete at WBA State Championships (Nov 18-21 in southern California).

Band students need to enroll in a year-long concert band course. Color guard members practice after school and join all band practices, football games and competitions. 

After marching season, interested students can join Winter Percussion or Winter Guard (Dec-Apr).

Musicians and guard members who complete two seasons of marching band (or fall season plus Winter Guard) receive a waiver for 10th grade P.E.

We have new uniforms this year! 


Jonathan Grantham ✉️


Edwin Cordoba ✉️


Sharolyn Borris ✉️


“The Crown

2022 Field Show

“The Light of the Moon”

2021 Field Show

“Wonder Woman”

2019 Field Show


2018 Field Show