The Pride of Portola
Marching Band & Color Guard
Welcome to the 2018 Pride of Portola Marching Band and Color Guard!
Marching Band and Color Guard is an exciting way to be involved in the spirit of your school. It’s also a great way to meet friends and develop leadership, which you can use beyond the music classroom. This season we will be performing at our football games, 3 competitive field tournaments, as well as the annual Irvine Band Spectacular! Each of these performance appearances places our students in the public spotlight, where they served as musical ambassadors for both Portola High School and Irvine at large. In tandem with the Fall Competition season, the Pride of Portola Marching Band and Color Guard will be performing their 2019 field show RUSH: Closer to the Heart at a number of home football games held at Portola Stadium, giving the general public a chance to experience our competition program at our home venue.
Schedule and Performances
Rehearsals and Preparation
Jul 31-Aug 2 - Color Guard: Skills Boot Camp
Aug 5-9, 12-16, & 19-20 - Marching Band & Color Guard Camp
Aug 24-25 - Overnight Retreat @ PHS
Aug 30 - Home vs Santa Rosa Academy
Sept 13 - Home vs Cerritos HS
Oct 4 - Home vs Beckman
Oct 11 – AWAY FOOTBALL GAME @ Uni HS
Oct 18 - Home vs Northwood HS
Oct 25 – Home vs Irvine HS
Nov 1 – AWAY FOOTBALL GAME @ Uni HS
Competitions and Showcases
Oct 12 – South Coast Invitational @ Costa Mesa HS*
Oct 26 – University High School Field Tournament @ Uni HS
Oct 30 - IUSD Band Spectacular @ Irvine HS
Nov 9 – San Clemente Field Tournament @ San Clemente HS*
* = Bus Transportation. Students will meet at PHS.
Every learner has a place in the Pride of Portola Marching Band & Color Guard program – without respect to their ability to contribute financially. We are, however, dependent on our families for assistance in our fundraising efforts and support through financial contributions. Per state law, our school district does not charge fees for educational activities, and thus a donation is not required to participate in the Marching Band & Color Guard programs and families that choose to contribute to the program may do so at any amount.
A suggested donation of $550* per student will help establish The Pride of Portola into a comprehensive marching band and color guard program. These donations go to help offset additional costs associated with being a member of the Pride of Portola Marching Band and Color Guard, such as instructor salaries, coaching stipends, competition entrance fees, and transportation. Although there will always be a Marching Band and we will always strive to do the most with what we have, insufficient enrollment and/or insufficient funding could result in the cancellation of course activities and supports.
This donation will be split in order to cover the costs most efficiently.
$250 (made payable to “PHS”) - this donation goes toward covering the costs of
Stipends for Coaching Staff (Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, & Color Guard coaches)
Fees for Tournaments/Competitions (Irvine Invitational, South Coast Invitational, etc)
Bussing to/from competitions
$300 (made payable to “PHS Music Boosters”)**- This donation goes toward covering the costs of
Snacks, Lunches, & Dinners provided at Band Camp & Football Games
Uniform Dry Cleaning/Maintenance
Music, Drill, and Copyright Permission
or if you prefer, you can make your in a single convenient payment through our
We encourage families who have the means and who wish to contribute above and beyond our typical donation to consider a Crescendo Club donation* of $1300 ($250 to “PHS” and $850 to “PHS Music Boosters”). By joining the Crescendo Club, your family’s donation goes toward the growth of our Marching Band and Color Guard Program. Crescendo Club donations provide The Pride of Portola Marching Band and Color Guard to set aside money for large-ticket items such as new instruments, equipment, and technology without having to take away from the quality of instruction and music due to lack of funds for that season.
Crescendo Club families will be acknowledged during all of the Pride of Portola’s performances as well as with a complimentary T-shirt for each Parent/Guardian to wear as a show of support during our performances.
ASK YOUR EMPLOYER ABOUT MATCHING FUNDS!
Many employers offer to match an employee’s donations to non-profit/charitable causes like the PHS MUSIC BOOSTERS, often in a dollar-to-dollar basis. You may be able to join our Crescendo Club -- at a lower out-of-pocket expense to yourself than you would remitting our standard contribution -- by combining your own funds with those of your employer to fund a Crescendo Club membership.
We Need your support… now!
We are asking that all families remit their $250 donations (made payable to “PHS”) by the end of the 2018-2019 school year (before June 7, 2019) so that we may begin making decisions about coaching staff for Band/Color Guard Camp in August as well as our ability to sign up for competitions in the 2019 season. We ask that the remaining $300 donation be made during Band/Color Guard Camp in August.
**This donation to the PHS Music Boosters goes directly toward activities and costs associated with the Marching Band and is separate from our Promote Our Musicians (POM) Donation asked for in our other music classes.
Our Budgeted Expenses for This Season Include:
Marching Band & Color Guard Camp + Weekend Retreat (August)
Meals + Snacks
Music, Drill, & Equipment
Coaching/Instruction + Facilities Use
All instruction by our professional coaching staff during the Marching Season (Aug-Nov)
Woodwind Coach (Weekly)
Brass Coach (Weekly)
2 Percussion Coaches (Everyday)
Color Guard Coach (Everyday)
Visual Coach (Weekly)
Original music arrangement and drill design
Entrance fees for all field competitions
Transportation fees for busses
Food provided at Field Tournaments & Competitions
Dinner provided during home football games
Uniform dry cleaning and maintenance
Show T-Shirt & Insulated Purple Water Jug
Gloves for performances
Equipment truck rental/transportation
How to Make Your Contributions
Making your financial contribution to our PHS Music Boosters is easy! Simply click DONATE at the top of the website and visit our Donation Webstore, then pick the “product(s)” you wish to support. Please pay by September 6, 2019 so we can ensure that we accurately budget for all of our potential expenses this Marching Season.
If it is more convenient for your family, feel free to use cash or write a check or money order payable to “PHS Music Boosters”. Payments can be dropped off with Mr. Stevens or Mr. Traska during school/camp hours or maybe be placed in the teachers mail boxes in the front office.
Each Marching Band student MUST wear BLACK leather marching band shoes for performances and competition. The expense of acquiring this shoe falls to each individual student and cannot be a part of the above-mentioned donations, as many Pride of Portola members have already purchased their marching shoes in previous years.
The shoe is the “BLACK DINKLES GLIDE MARCHING BAND SHOE.” We recommend that you purchase them from a site like www.bandshoppe.com because there is no minimum order.
Color Guard Shoes
Each Marching Band student MUST wear TAN leather jazz shoes for performances and competition. The expense of acquiring this shoe falls to each individual student and cannot be a part of the above-mentioned donations, as many Pride of Portola members have already purchased their jazz shoes in previous years.
The shoe is the “Tan Theatricals Adult Gore Insert Jazz Boot.” We recommend that you purchase them from a site like www.DiscountDance.com because there is no minimum order.
Members of the Color Guard class will transition from fieldwork to skills and routines in the gym starting in November. In this class, members will work on advanced techniques in equipment and dance. Winter Guard beings at the end of Marching season and will last until season Championships in April. During second semester, will require 5 additional practices (weeknight) and performances (weekend) outside of class time beginning in Early February and ending mid-April.
The Donation for Winter Guard goes to paying for
Maintenance of the vinyl floor
Drill and Choreography