(CONDOR ENTERTAINMENT UNIT)
The California High School Entertainment Unit is the biggest and loudest organization on campus. Comprised of 150+ members, this award winning marching band brings spirit and pride to any event. The Cal Hi EU is a typically a Fall only ensemble and can be found performing at local marching band competitions, parades, pep rallies, and every Cal High Football home game! Rehearsals begin in the Summer and continue through the Fall within the school week. Whether you've been playing an instrument for 4 years, or you're just getting started, we are sure that you will find a home in this ensemble. If you're ready to make memories that will last a lifetime be sure to join the Cal Hi EU!
The Color Guard performs with the Entertainment Unit in the fall during the marching season. The Color Guard works with flags, sabres, rifles, and other auxiliary type equipment or props. Color Guard also fulfills the Physical Education requirement (first 2 years) and Fine Arts requirement (last 2 years) for graduation. It is open to all grades by auditions held in the spring. In addition to performing with the band in parades and field shows, the CG also performs at pep rallies and assemblies. These performances are often to music provided by the band or of popular contemporary songs.
Wind Ensemble is Cal High's premier concert ensemble. This is an audition only ensemble. While membership for this ensemble is competitive, we believe that any student can make this ensemble during their high school career so long as they demonstrate a strong work ethic, a desire to grow as a musician and strong musical proficiency. This ensemble meets regularly during the Spring semester and performs at various local concert band festivals. While private lessons are not required for this ensemble, studying with a private instructor has been proven to expedite student's musical progress and is highly encouraged. Auditions for Wind Ensemble are held in the Spring of the preceding academic year.
Symphonic Band, formerly known as Concert Band, is our non-audition ensemble. This means that anyone who would like to join band and has a basic understanding of their instrument can participate in this ensemble. The Symphonic Band meets regularly during the Spring Semester and performs at various local concert band festivals and concerts. In this ensemble, students will learn the skills necessary to grow as strong ensemble players.
After marching season, the Color Guard performs in Winter Guard competitions. Winter Guard is the indoor competitive season. Competing in high school gyms around the area, the winter guard season allows for closer audience interaction and intricate choreography to take place. CHS WG has earned top placements at many WGASC competitions. Over the last 7 years, they have become Silver and Gold Medalists at multiple WGASC Championships. There are now 2 teams to represent Cal Hi in 2 divisions. Winter Guard Blue competes in WGASC HSA and Winter Guard Gold competes in WGASC HSAA.
All Year Round
(BLUE & GOLD)
The 'Blue' Band is Cal's intermediate jazz ensemble. This is a great ensemble for any students interested in Jazz, who may not have had any prior jazz experience, as well as interested jazz musicians who want to develop their skills. The Blue Band can be seen performing at various Cal Hi events as well as performances around the city of Whittier – providing all students a unique real world gigging experience. Students will learn fundamentals and history of jazz in addition to learning standards. This is a great way for any student to dive into the world of jazz! Email Mr.Hernandez to inquire about enrollment!
The 'Gold' Band is Cal's premier jazz ensemble. Students in this ensemble have a strong understanding of key jazz fundamentals in addition to demonstrating exceptional technical facility on their instrument. In this class students will have the opportunity to work in the big band setting as well as dive into the world of combo playing. The Gold Band can be seen performing at various gigs and Jazz Festivals in the area. The Gold Band is an audition based ensemble. To find out more about this ensemble please email Mr. Hernandez!
Our String and Chamber Orchestras are available to 9-12 grade students. The musical selections cover a wide range of musical styles from the 1700's to the present. From Bach to Phantom of the Opera and Green Day to fiddle tunes. The Orchestra meets in "0" period during the school year. Each student is provided the opportunity to develop his/her skill level though rhythm and scale studies, internet research, and other exercises to help develop individual technique.
At Cal High we believe that it is never too late to start music and we strongly encourage all students to try our beginning band ensemble. Whether you are new to band, picking up an old habit or just wanting to try something new, we are sure to find a place for you in this ensemble. No prior experience is necessary! This ensemble meets during both first and second semester and focuses on a well rounded music education. In addition to learning how to play a new instrument, students will learn basic theory as well as gain a basic foundation of music history.