Hundreds of Talented Students Come Together to Perform at 47th Annual District Band Pageant

Students performing in Band Pageant on Novemeber 1, 2023.

The 47th annual Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD) Band Pageant took place on Wednesday, November 1, at Bradford Stadium in Placentia. Students from all six PYLUSD middle schools and all four PYLUSD comprehensive high schools joined together to perform both individually and cohesively in front of thousands of cheering loved ones, teachers, staff, school and district administrators, and community members.

Following a performance of parade marches from each color guard and band, PYLUSD Superintendent Dr. Alex Cherniss welcomed attendees and thanked everyone for their continued support of arts education and students’ overall success.

“As your school district and educational partners, we recognize that learning in the arts is connected to a wide range of academic and social benefits for students. It helps them become well-rounded human beings and fosters positive experiences, leadership opportunities, and an overall pursuit of excellence,” Dr. Cherniss shared. “In addition to the hundreds of students you see before you, music instruction is also provided to over 4,000 students in grades 4, 5, and 6 across PYLUSD. We are deeply committed to the arts.”

He mentioned the district’s plans to implement a new music program for all students in grades kindergarten through 3rd grade. He noted, “This means that almost every student in our district will have access to music instruction by a credentialed music educator.”

Eric Samson, the band director at El Dorado High School, then led all ten bands on the field at once as they performed “Star Spangled Banner” and “This Is My Country” together.

Before a brief intermission and the individual field shows, the high school drumlines combined to showcase their rhythmic skills as one. The annual District Band Pageant was a wonderful evening filled with imaginative music, extraordinary talents, spectacular pageantry, and a ton of PYLUSD pride.

Here’s an overview of PYLUSD band directors.

Bernardo Yorba Middle School – Jocelyn Crecia
Kraemer Middle School – Mark Gunderson
Travis Ranch School – Nicholas Nuss
Tuffree Middle School – David Saliby
Valadez Middle School Academy – Jennifer Garcia
Yorba Linda Middle School – Matt LaBelle

El Dorado High School – Eric Samson
Esperanza High School – Brad Davis
Valencia High School – Richard King
Yorba Linda High School – Bincins Garcia

The Band Pageant would not be possible without Phil Mortensen, PYLUSD Performing Arts Administrator as well as the support of the district’s Maintenance and Facilities and Use of Facilities departments, and Valencia High School.

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