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Band Director Inquiries: Gilbert Iruegas

(408) 366-7395 (Band Office)



We need your help for Tournament of Bands!!

Next year's signup will available in September 2106.

Mailing Address

Please send Applications, Donations, Suggestions and Inquires to:

Cupertino Tournament of Bands

P.O. Box 2171

Cupertino, CA 95015-2171

For donations, our Federal Tax ID # is: 56-2349318

New NCBA Classifications for 2015

Per new NCBA rules, as of June 2015 all bands will be classified as follows.  This is the classification that we will be using for TOB.

Classification is based on ALL student performers on the field including guard/auxiliaries, pit, drum major, winds and battery.   We will be using this for parade classes as well.
Class A =  1-50 
Class 2A = 51-70 
Class 3A = 71-90 
Class 4A = 91-120 
Class 5A = 121-150 
Class 6A (open)  150+

Cupertino Tournament of Bands

Saturday, October 10, 2015


The 45th Annual Tournament of Bands

Cupertino High School Marching Band & Color Guard 2015

Cupertino High School Marching Band & Color Guard

Thank you for joining us this year!

Next year's date:  Saturday, October 8, 2016.  Please mark your calendar.



Photo taken by:  Rudy Pollak

Cupertino High School - Tournament of Bands 2015

Written by Allison Lo and Alex Shieh, Introduction video compiled by Michelle Pyke  

On Oct. 10, Cupertino High School hosted the 45th annual Tournament of the Bands.  With about 20 schools from all over Northern California, more than 2000 students came together to participate in numerous competitions. The event, which starts off with parades in the morning and ends with field shows at night, is an opportunity for school bands to showcase what they have been practicing all season.

 Said drum major Vivi Kung, “I think it’s really awesome getting to see the different variety of performances, especially from different schools. Every school has a different music program, and every school likes to do something different [for] their show.”

Added Thu An Hanley, “This is an event that I have always been to, [almost] every single year since I’ve lived here, and it’s always really fun seeing the march in the morning then coming here at night to see all the different bands perform. [It’s] a really exciting experience.”

In order to put together such a large event, it’s safe to say that a lot of preparation is involved. The Cupertino band practices hours each week, regardless of the weather, and has been preparing for this particular event since the first day of band camp in August.

“We learn drills, we learn music, we put music with the drill,” explained Neeraj Dharmadhikari. “The reason we practice so much is because our motto is to practice not until we get it right, but to practice until we can’t get it wrong.”

Despite the large amount of time spent on practicing, the Cupertino band, as the hosting school, is not judged competitively. However, Tournament of the Bands is still important to the band members. Said Divya Mistry, “I think the fact that [the tournament] is at our school just means a lot to us because we want to show the other bands and the [audience] that [...] we’re just a band that puts a lot of time into what we do.”

Jennifer Shearin further noted that, “[The students] really enjoy being in the band, and [that] gives them the camaraderie and the ability to work together for a great common goal, and I think that’s really nice.”

 As the opening competition of the season, Tournament of the Bands serves as a valuable experience for bands to see where they are and how they can improve for future competitions.

Check out Cupertino High School marching band's performance here:

Allison Lo and Alex Shieh are currently two of three Online Assistants for The Prospector.  


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The Day's Events:

9:15 am:         Parade Competition on Stevens Creek Blvd (Free)

11:00 am:        Concessions open:  two locations to serve you this year!

12:30 pm:        Drill Down in CHS Stadium (Free)

 1:00 pm:         Parade Awards in CHS Stadium (Free)

3:00 pm:         CHS Stadium Opens for Field Show Competition*

 4:15 pm:         Field Show Competition*

 8:30 pm:         Field Show Awards*

Photo taken by:  Rudy Pollack

Thank you to all who helped make TOB a success this year!

The CHS Band and Band Boosters thanks all the parents and volunteers that came and helped make the day run smoothly and be a success.  Thank you very much!

Programs still available if if you missed it!

Complete band schedules included!

2015 Participating Units:

Fremont High School

Redwood Middle School

Del Mar High School

Mountain View High School

Homestead High School

Lynbrook High School

North Monterey County High School

American High School

Mission San Jose High School

Branham High School

Saratoga High School

El Capitan High School

Livermore High School

San Benito High School

Buhach Colony High School

Los Banos High School

Chowchilla High School

St. Francis High School

Hogan Middle School

Hayward High School

Wilcox High School

Cesar Chavez High School


Our Stadium

Our Stadium

Donation Opportunities Available!

We  appreciate your support of our music programs!  We have closed our donations and advertisements for TOB, but our band can always use donations or opportunities for fundraising throughout the year.

Please contact our band director to donate to us.

Our Federal non-profit Tax ID number is 56-2349318.  CHS Band Boosters is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit community organization.