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Cupertino High School Intersellar Odyssey

Video editor Neeraj Dharmadhikari

Video filmers Neeraj Dharmadhikari, Paul Knaack, Shivani Maisuria, Rudy Pollak

Video includes footage from NASA's space launch


A video that captures the energy and the dedication, the magic and the fascination, the thrill and the exhilaration, the enthusiasm and the pride! A video that summarizes our 2015 season, the Interstellar Odyssey!                                                                                                                                 

Cupertino High School Proud Pioneers Marching Band & Color Guard Home Show 2015


Cupertino High School Band Vintage 2015

Video by CHS bdirector

Cupertino High School Marching Band & Color Guard Veteran's Day Parade 2015


Cupertino High School Lodi Review 2015

Video  taken by Mayumi Sugano

Halftime Performance at Football Game v. Monta Vista

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Photo Taken by: Nancy Wong

Cupertino High School Marching Band & Color Guard 2015

Cupertino High School Marching Band & Color Guard

Cupertino Tournament of Band 2015 parade

Pictures taken by Rudy Pollack

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.  

"Interstellar Odyssey": Cupertino Proud Pioneers at FUHSD Band Expo 2015 

We had an amazing (but windy) time at the FUHSD Expo on Saturday. It was amazing to see all the other fabulous bands in our district. Hopefully the audience got as many chills from our performance as we got from the cold evening weather!

Thank you to Homestead High School for the video! 





Check out our first football game performance!

Cupertino's homecoming game is TONIGHT
We will be performing during the varsity halftime. Can't wait to see everyone there!

A view 150 feet above the stadium. Shot in 4K.

Venue Change

There has been a change in the venue of our November 7, 2015 competition.  We will be attending the Lodi Band Review in place of the Bands of America Competition.  The day schedule will be as follows.

8:45am-12pm  Full Band Rehearsal

4pm-12am      Lodi Band Review

A detailed itinerary will be provided prior to the event.  We look forward to a great performance and seeing you at the show!  

Registration | August 1st | CHS Band Room | MANDATORY!

Student & Parent Handbooks for 2015-2016 are Available!

The 2015-16 CHS Band Student and Parent Handbooks have been updated and are available now!

The Student Handbook is in the Student Information Folder in the Band Locker.

The Parent Handbook is in the Parent Information Folder in the Band Locker.

Please refer to them as they provide great information about our program!


The band's final, visual concert of the year

featuring the music of Bruno Mars

can be seen here.

A Summary of the 2014 Marching Season Performances

Lodi "Grape Bowl" Review | November 1, 2014 | Performance Here

Vintage Review | November 8, 2014 | Performance Here

Veteran's Day Parade | November 11, 2014

Home Show | November 13, 2014 | Stadium-Level & Drone-Level (350 feet)

Stockton Review | November 15, 2014 | Performance Here & Here




Sixty-seven members of the Cupertino High School Marching Band traveled to Oahu, Hawaii to perform on the U.S.S. Missouri at the beginning of Spring Break. They performed a selection of patriotic music in front of the historic backdrop of the “Mighty Mo”. It was an amazing trip!

Links to Performances:

Star Spangled Banner

Armed Forces on Parade

God Bless the USA

Picture taken by Rudy Pollak




Wednesday, December 16, 2015 / Winter Concert  / CHS

Friday, December 18, 2015 / Recruitment Concert ( Tentative ) / CHS


CHS Band Boosters Receives $2,500 Donation from Ross Dress For Less


In the News....

Two CHS band students performed at a Memorial Day ceremony. They received a standing ovation and were praised by visiting digitaries.

Here is a link to the News video. They are at the end of the spot:

The Sunnyvale Sun and Cupertino Courier published an article about the band's trip to Hawaii and their performance on the USS Missouri on May 16th here:


The San Jose Mercury published the article here on May 22nd:


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