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The BOSS (Bands Of Santiago Sharks)

Corona, California

Corona, California

UNIFORM: Teal Band Jacket with a silver white and black (slight "s" shaped) stripe; Black pants,shoes, hat and plume.

BAND DESCRIPTION: 290 total, 5 leaders, 3 drum majors, 90 brass, 25 flag bearers, 27 percussion, 125 woodwinds, 10 banner carriers, 5 color guards.

The Bands Of Santiago Sharks (BOSS) is made up of three large concert bands, three full Jazz "Big Bands" a number of jazz combos and chamber ensembles, a drumline and a championship Color Guard.

The Bands Of Santiago Sharks (BOSS) has traveled to Hawaii, San Francisco, Seattle, Virginia, Washington DC, New York, and Florida. The band performed a moving concert in Pearl Harbor on Memorial Day of 2007, and received accolades for their stunning performances in the famous Carnegie Hall in March of 2009. Each year, individuals represent the BOSS, Santiago High School, and the City of Corona with their selection to regional, All-southern, and All-State honor bands.

The Santiago Marching Band is representing Southern California as the Grand Champion of the L.A. County Fair Band Competition. In addition, the BOSS has won numerous Sweepstakes and first place awards for marching band, and Jazz band, and the concert bands continually garner the top rating of “Superior” at Band and Orchestra festivals.

Sitting on land previously used as a commercial lemon grove, Santiago High School still has two symbolic lemon trees planted in front of the administration building. Santiago High, a California Distinguished School, is one of five comprehensive high schools in the Corona-Norco Unified School District, which is located approximately 45 miles southeast of Los Angeles in the Western section of Riverside County. Corona-Norco Unified School District is currently the 7th largest district in California. Santiago High School opened its doors in 1995 with under 700 students. Today, close to 4,000 students grace the halls of Santiago High. Banners displaying the school’s motto, “Home of Scholars, Achievers, and Champions” line the main thoroughfare. Santiago’s mascot is the shark. Shark Athletics boast many league and CIF championship titles and often have CIF playoff qualifiers in almost every sport. Santiago students have been selected to all-league and all-state teams and receive athletic scholarships to attend prestigious colleges and universities.

Academically, Santiago High maintains the highest scores in the district on California Standardized Tests (CSTs), California High School Exit Exams (CAHSEE), and the Academic Performance Index (API). Students, parents, and staff take great pride in our shark family. Santiago’s first band program was made up of a mere 29 students. The music program quickly grew, adding a jazz band and then a second concert band. In six years, a second band director was added to accommodate all of the courses offered. Today, the BOSS includes three concert bands, three jazz big bands, a drumline, a color guard , and a 280-member marching band. The Santiago Instrumental Music department also offers Class Guitar, Music Appreciation, and Music Theory. The mission of the Instrumental Music program is to build a strong, well-balanced, exciting program that uniquely meets the musical needs of each student. Here at Santiago High, we take great pride in the fact that our program provides a well-rounded music education experience. Whereas so many other high schools excel in only one area, Santiago’s marching band, concert bands, and jazz bands are equally successful.

PERSONNEL: Joe Dudek and Kris Parish, directors; Eddie Pimentel, Mike Huynh and Chris Corso, drum majors; Colorguard Captains: Sara Valdez and Alec Arbizo.

PREVIOUS APPEARANCES IN THE ROSE PARADE: This is The BOSS's first appearance in the Rose Parade, but for the past 10 years, members of the Santiago Marching band have auditioned for and won opportunities to march in past Rose Parades with the Pasadena City College Honor band.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Santiago High School Band Nickname: The BOSS (Bands Of Santiago Sharks). The Fanfare that the band performs (Fair Fanfare) was composed specifically for the B.O.S.S. by the band director Joe Dudek. President George W. Bush recognized the band for their tribute to 911 concert. The City of Corona gave special recognition to 2 band members, who, while on tour with the band in Hawaii, rescued a woman from drowning. Band Directors Joe Dudek and Kris Parish are both married, and each have a son and daughter. Their sons (Spencer and Aaron) both graduated from Santiago High School, were in the band program all four years, and both served as band president their senior year of high school. Their daughters (Brenna and Megan) are both currently in the band program at Santiago High School; all four kids play the trombone (although Aaron’s main instrument is French Horn).

Updated on: 11/30/2012 4:04:29 PM

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