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The Milpitas High School Music Program has an award winning Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra, and Color Guard with an active performance and tour schedule.

The Music Program and the Boosters have been recognized by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), the City of Milpitas, the School Board, and Community Leaders for their continued contributions to education, the arts, and the community.

With good time managment, students are able to keep up with their homework and other activities. Once a student makes the commitment to join a music class, they make lifelong friends, share the unique ability to create music, and have an exceptional high school experience that will prepare them for the demands and rigor of a college education.

Marching/Concert Band #7311 (All band and percussion students)

Orchestra #7251 (String players only)

Choir #7451

Jazz Band (by permission only)

Color Guard (by audition only, practices after school, not an official class)


The Marching Band (class #7311) has 100 members who perform at the home football games and several competitions each year.


The Marching Band members also form the “Wind Ensemble,” an advanced concert band, after the marching season ends in December.


The vast majority of the Marching Band members have had no problem with the after school time commitment and performances. More information below.

The Orchestra consists of violins, Violas, Cello, and String Basses. Non-string students will need to learn a string instrument and audition if they wish to participate in the orchestra class.

The Jazz Band is a class that meets before school every day from 7:00AM – 8:50AM.

It only has the following instruments:

  • Saxophone
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Bass
  • Guitar
  • Piano
  • Drumset

All Jazz Band students are required to also be currently enrolled in a regular music class like Band, Orchestra, Choir, or are a member of the Band Color Guard team.

The Color Guard, also known as the Auxiliary, is an award winning group of students that meet after school, Monday – Thursday, during the Marching Band season.


They learn dance choreography and flag work that is used to enchance the visual performance of the Marching Band. No experience is necessar but a background in dance is very helpful. Guard members do not need to sign up for a music class.


This group only meets after school during the marching band season.

Yes, students are encouraged to learn a different instrument in high school. Learning a new instrument will help you become a better musician and will allow you more leadership opportuniities.

It is highly encouraged for you to take private lessons for your instrument, but it is not required.

Students who take private lessons regularly out-perform their peers and earn top honors and awards. These students are also more likely to end up in a leadership position within our music program.

With a strong music foundation, students get greater enjoyment from playing and being a part of an outstanding music program. The MHS Music Boosters offer limited scholarships for students taking private lessons in order to encourage a high level of individual performance and leadership abilities.

Each group has a different performance schedule. Please take a look at the Calendar, it is updated in June for the following school year.

Accordion Content

PeriodGroup/ClassCourse #
0Jazz BandPermission only
2Teacher prep periodN/A
4Marching Band/Concert Band (Wind Ensemble)7311
5Pep Band / Concert Band (Symphonic Band)7311

More Information about MHS Music Classes

  • The Marching Band mainly consists of 10th – 12th grade students.
  • Most 9th grade students will be placed in the Pep Band (woodwinds and brass) or Orchestra (strings).
  • Occasionally, 9th grade students may audition for an open spot in the marching, but priority is given to returning members.
  • All percussionists must attend after school trainings and summer practices so that we can place you in the section.
  • Mondays: 3:00PM – 5:30PM
  • Wednesdays: 2:00PM – 5:00PM
  • August – December
  • 3 Saturday practices in September (1PM – 9PM)
  • 5 Saturday competitions in October and November (Marching Band members only)
  • 4-5 Friday night football games from September to November (Includes Pep Band members)

Yes, there are a limited number of spots in the durm line and front percussion ensemble. The marching band also incorporates a large FRONT ENSEMBLE (Pit) of percussionists. All percussionists must attend scheduled after schoolt rainings and summer practices so that we can place you in the section.

Private music lessons on your instrument are highly recommended.

The only teams that have direct schedule conflicts are Girls Volleyball, Football, Cross Country, and Girls Tennis. So students on these teams should not sign up for marching band. The Pep Band and Orchestra does not conflict with any sport practices.

Generally, these conflicts are minimal. Most of the Marching Band’s Saturday performances start after 12:00PM. If you have any specific conflict concern, please talk to the music teacher.

More Information about the Orchestra

The Orchestra usually has 60-70 violins, violas, cellos, and string bass.

There are NO woodwinds, brass, or percussion students in Orchestra.

The Orchestra only has 5-7 performances each year, in addition to 1 or 2 after school practices before each performance.

For a complete and current list of events, check the calendar.

Most students have not reported any conflicts with other MHS activities or classes.

If you have a specific conflict concern, please talk to the music teacher.

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