Dustin Friel, Percussion & Drum Line Instructor
Sarah Kirkbride & Haley Lamos, Color Guard Instructors
The Wind Ensemble is an advanced level concert band open to instrumentalists with the appropriate skill and maturity (by audition only). The Symphonic Band is an intermediate level concert band open to instrumentalists with the appropriate skill and maturity. The Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band perform at community events, competitions, and numerous concerts throughout the year. Both groups perform at the Winter and Spring Concerts, and combine to form the PHS Marching Band.
The Wind Ensemble and the Symphonic
Band combine to form the Marching Band, so members of the concert
bands are automatically members of the Marching Band.
Marching Band students are required to attend a week-long
Band Camp at the end of summer to prepare for the Fall marching
season. The Marching
Band goes on hiatus at the end of November, but returns to marching
in April. The group performs at several Northern California
competitions and events on Saturdays during the school year, and
takes a tour to places like Disneyland,
The Chamber Choir is an intermediate level class offered to vocalists with the appropriate skill. The Chamber Choir performs at several festivals and events outside of class during the school year, including the Winter and Spring Concerts, and take a tour to places like Disneyland, Chicago, Vancouver, New Orleans, and Washington D.C. once a year. The ensemble requires an audition to join.
The Varsity Jazz Ensemble is an advanced level class offered to instrumentalists with the appropriate skill, maturity, and instrumentation (by audition only). The Junior Varsity Jazz Ensemble is an intermediate level class offered to instrumentalists with the appropriate skill and instrumentation (by audition only). The Jazz Ensemble instrumentation consists of saxophones, trombones, trumpets, piano, guitar, bass guitar, and drum set. The Varsity Jazz Ensemble performs at many community events (including the Mystic Theatre) and Bay Area competitions. Both ensembles perform at the Winter and Spring Concerts. Concurrent enrollment in the Wind Ensemble or Symphonic Band is required.
This extracurricular all-percussion group rehearses once a week during the school year, and members are required to attend a week-long Drum Line Camp at the end of summer. Drum Line is open to any student who is a member of any PHS instrumental ensemble. The group performs at several school and community events, and at Winter Percussion Competitions during February and March. The Drum Line currently rehearses on Monday and Tuesday afternoon/evening. The Drum Line Instructor is Dustin Friel.
PHS Jazz Combo
This extracurricular group consists of
the most advanced members of the Varsity Jazz Ensemble playing in a
smaller ensemble of 5 to 7 players. The Jazz Combo performs at
numerous community fundraisers, charity events, and private parties
The Color Guard is a coordinated movement, dance, and equipment based performance group open to any PHS student. The Color Guard performs with the Marching Band at parades during marching season, but also performs separately at competitions during Winter Guard season (February and March). The Color Guard currently rehearses twice a week after school for two hours. An audition is required in the Spring, and attendance at the summer Color Guard Camp (concurrent with the summer Band Camp) is also required. The Color Guard Instructors are Sarah Kirkbride and Haley Lamos
Instrumental Director at PHS
As director of all band classes at PHS,
advisor to the Drum Line and Color Guard, and the former Choral
Director (8 years), Mr. Eveland has proven himself to be a dedicated
and hard-working teacher. For over 16 years, he has elevated
the Music Program at
Choral Director at PHS
The PHS Music Boosters is an
organization of music parents that provide the financial and
physical support necessary to keep the Music Department at Petaluma
High operating. The Boosters main fundraiser is a weekly bingo
game. The game is staffed and operated by the parents of PHS
music students in cooperation with the music parents at
The band and choir classes have student leadership organizations that consist of presidents, treasurers, librarians, section leaders, etc. These groups are responsible for coordinating fundraisers and activities, and for providing team leadership and general assistance.
Questions regarding the PHS Music Program can be directed to Cliff Eveland or Elizabeth Robertson at 769-9650 (PHS Music Office, leave a message).