Latest News From VMAPA

Announcing the 2018 Vanguard Hall of Fame Class

Vanguard Music and Performing Arts is honored to announce our 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees. Please join us in welcoming JW Koester, Stephenie Hebert, and Dan Smith! These three notable individuals join the 23 previously inducted SCV Hall of Fame members, including Vanguard greats like Myron Rosander, Fred Sanford, and our Corps founder, Gail R. Royer. View the complete […]
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Meet the Leadership: 2018 SCVC Drum Majors

At the center of every strong drum corps is a strong team of member leadership who serves the corps both on and off the field. As a liaison between performers and staff, this team of veteran members takes on additional responsibility, puts in the extra effort to lead by example, and sets a standard for […]
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VMAPA Receives Generous Donation from Rudolph & Sletten

In a ceremony held on January 9, 2018, Rudolph & Sletten employees generously presented a check for $4,744 to Vanguard Music and Performing Arts through the company’s Leo Jansing Fund! Named in memory of the man who served as the company’s Vice President and Chief Estimator for many years, the Leo Jansing Fund exists to support one […]
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DCI 2018: Vanguard Ticket Blocks

This season the Santa Clara Vanguard and Vanguard Cadets will perform at a combined 40+ shows in over 20 states as they travel along the 2018 DCI competitive tour! Once again, we have set aside a block of tickets at select events this summer for Vanguard alumni, family, friends and fans to come together and […]
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DCI 2018: Vanguard HQ Hotel & Banquet

When you come to Indianapolis for the 2018 DCI Championships, stay and celebrate with us at the Santa Clara Vanguard Headquarters Hotel – the JW Marriott (clink the links for pictures)! The JW Marriott in Downtown Indianapolis soars 33 stories above the city and boasts luxury accommodations to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Just steps from […]
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2018 VMAPA Birthday Brunch

Happy 51st Birthday Santa Clara Vanguard!  Vanguard Music and Performing Arts is proud to celebrate this exciting occasion with a celebratory brunch on Saturday, March 17! The morning affair will consist of a hearty meal with freshly prepared mimosas, followed by the 2018 Vanguard Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony where we will recognize the achievements […]
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Submit Your VMAPA Hall of Fame Nominations

The time has come once again to submit your nominations for the VMAPA Hall of Fame! Established in 2012, the VMAPA Hall of Fame serves to recognize and honor volunteers, staff and performers of Vanguard Music and Performing Arts programs who have played a significant and long-term role in the advancement of our organization. Each […]
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SCV/SCVC Local Brass Workshop

This Sunday, Dec. 10th, the SCVC Brass & Visual Staff will be hosting a FREE workshop day for potential SCV/SCVC Brass players! For those preparing to audition for the Vanguard Cadets on Dec. 15-17, this is an excellent opportunity to refresh your skills and get some advanced information for what will be expected that weekend. This opportunity is […]
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New Year’s Eve Bingo Marathon

Come celebrate your New Year’s Eve at Vanguard Bingo and kick off 2018 with a little extra cash in your pocket! On the evening of December 31, from we will be playing a 35-game marathon program. Each player will receive 2 pages of all the games and specials for $50. Extra packs will be available […]
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Food Trucks at the Vanguard Hall

Mark your calendars and prepare your appetite – we’re bringing food trucks to the Vanguard Hall! Every Tuesday evening from 5:00-8:00pm, come visit us at 1795 Space Park Drive in Santa Clara to enjoy a delicious meal from some of the Bay Area’s most popular food trucks. We’ve got plenty of parking so bring the […]
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#GivingTuesday 2017

On Tuesday, November 28, charities, businesses, and communities around the world will come together in honor of #GivingTuesday – a global day of giving and celebration of the way your donations can make a difference! For many years, millions of people have reached out to support the causes they believe in and the communities in […]
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Holiday Gift Wrap-a-palooza Fundraiser is Back!

‘Tis the season to be jolly and help raise funds for Vanguard Music and Performing Arts! Once again, we are getting in the Holiday spirit by gearing up for our annual Gift Wrap-a-Palooza Fundraiser, and we need your help to spread some cheer through the power of gift wrapping! We will be having a Vanguard Gift […]
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Vanguard Brass Programs Build Common Vision

The Santa Clara Vanguard and the Vanguard Cadets have coexisted for over 40 years, each successfully educating young performers in their own way. With a vision toward the future, and a long term goal of greater organizational cohesion, both corps have now embraced a unified strategy to the benefit of the students and staffs, as well […]
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2018 SCVC Design Staff & Caption Managers

Vanguard Music and Performing Arts is pleased to announce the 2018 Vanguard Cadets Design Team and Caption Managers! Rob Ripley, Program Coordinator Rick Pina, Assistant Program Coordinator *New Role in 2018* Fred Smith, Music Coordinator/Percussion Arranger *New Role in 2018* Matt Hartwell, Drill Designer *New Addition in 2018* Ryan Adamsons, Brass Arranger/Caption Manager *New Addition in 2018* Jesus Sanchez, Percussion Caption Manager *New Addition in 2018* Jenny Lyons, […]
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2018 Youth Brass & Percussion Ensemble Auditions

Vanguard Music and Performing Arts envisions a world in which everyone has access to valuable life-transforming experiences through performing arts. That is why we are very excited to announce auditions for the 2018 seasons of our Youth Brass and Youth Percussion Ensembles! “I’m extremely thrilled to be entering a new season with the Youth Brass […]
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Alumni In Action: Blast! The Music of Disney

Six Santa Clara Vanguard alumni recently wrapped up a three month, nationwide tour of Japan performing as cast members in a new Disney-themed spinoff of the hit musical sensation, Blast! We caught up with Benji Baker (SCV Front Ensemble 2012-2015) to talk about the show and how drum corps has prepared him for this amazing […]
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Alumni in Action: 2017 SCV Alumni Corps

Hundreds of Alumni, representing each and every year of Vanguard history came together to put on one of the most memorable performances of 2017 at DCI Semifinals in Lucas Oil Stadium! Thank you to all the SCV Alumni Corps staff, members, and volunteers for devoting your time and efforts to something so special. Enjoy this […]
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2018 SCV Design Staff

Vanguard Music and Performing Arts is pleased to announce the 2018 Santa Clara Vanguard Design Team! Michael Gaines, Creative Director & Drill Designer  *NEW ROLE IN 2018* Scott Koter, Program Coordinator Denise Bonfiglio, Advisor Andy Toth, Visual Program Coordinator Adam Sage, Consultant Paul Rennick, Percussion Arranger Sandi Rennick, Percussion Arranger JD Shaw, Brass Arranger Bart Woodley, Consultant *NEW ADDITION IN 2018* […]
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Alumni in Action: Megan Arns

This past summer, we had the great pleasure of rehearsing at the University of Missouri where we caught up with SCV Alumna (2005-2006, Front Ensemble) and Mizzou Percussion Professor, Megan Arns!
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Fall Dance Classes with Carol Abohatab

Calling ALL dancers! Whether you’re a current, future, or former color guard performer; a dancer from the community; or even a drummer/horn player looking to gain more dance experience – we’ve got an exciting opportunity for you to express yourself and give back to the community! For the first three Wednesdays in October, join Carol […]
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Flags, Equipment, and Costumes for Sale!

The Santa Clara Vanguard has various flags, equipment, and costumes available for sale from previous seasons of the Vanguard, Vanguard Cadets, Santa Clara Vanguard Winter Guard and Vanguard Winter Percussion. If you’re interested in purchasing, or for more specifics, please e-mail: MTeevan@scvanguard.org or call: 408-727-5532 x15. VANGUARD 2017: OUROBOROS COSTUMES 50 – White and Red Ouroboros Costumes w/ belts […]
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Alumini in Action: Jordan Brooks

From rehearsing with the Santa Clara Vanguard drumline in Weed, CA with the views of Mount Shasta in the distance to now performing in a nationally acclaimed Broadway production in New York City – SCV alum Jordan Brooks is carving his path in the music industry. A Dallas, Texas native, Jordan attended Berklee College of […]
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Join the Santa Clara Vanguard – 2018 Audition Dates!

To sign up and receive more information for Vanguard and Vanguard Cadets 2018 auditions, you will need to create a MySCV account , as well as fill out the 2018 audition questionnaire and check the specific Vanguard program in which you have an interest in pursuing (Vanguard or Vanguard Cadets). From there, we will send […]
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2017 SCV Banquet & Awards

Yesterday, members, staff, and volunteers of the Santa Clara Vanguard gathered in Pottsville, PA to celebrate the 2017 season! After rehearsal ended on Friday, everyone got dressed up, loaded the busses, and took off to the banquet hall where a fantastic dinner was waiting. A huge thanks to the staff at St. Nicholas Hall for […]
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SCV 2017: A Conversation with Andy Toth

Pete Weber is at it again this year with drill design for “Ouroboros” that has been captivating audiences all across the country. In this video, SCV Visual Caption Manager, Matt Hartwell, sits down to discuss some of the most interesting visual aspects of our show – check it out!
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SCV 50th Anniversary Gala Recap

The Santa Clara Vanguard 50th Anniversary Gala was held on June 25, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara. Alumni, family, friends and fans from all 50 years of Vanguard history gathered together to celebrate our organization and look ahead to what the future holds for SCV. A historical display, cocktail auction, numerous speakers, and […]
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SCV 2017: The Uniform

This year we are very proud to present a new look to go along with our 2017 program, “Ouroboros”! Designed in collaboration with our friends at Stanbury Uniforms, it’s a fresh, modern look that still exemplifies the elegance and sophistication synonymous with Santa Clara Vanguard. In our latest video, get up close and personal with Visual Coordinator, Andy […]
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SCV Memorabilia in Online Auction!

Don’t have a ticket to the Gala? You can still show your support by bidding in our online auction! Wine tasting excursions, special gift baskets, DCI ticket packages, sports collectibles, paintings from local artists and so much more! These are just a sampling of the nearly 100 items that will be up for bid at […]
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SCVC 2017: “In Pieces”

There’s just a little over a week before the Vanguard Cadets take the field in Michigan City for the 2017 Open Class DCI Prelims. Catch up with the corps and see what they’ve been up to on their national tour!
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Meet The Leadership: 2017 Vanguard Cadets

At the center of every strong drum corps is a strong team of member leadership. Serving as a liaison between performers and staff, this team of veteran members also puts in the extra effort to lead by example and set a standard for the entire corps. “This fine group of leaders with SCVC for 2017 will […]
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SCV 2017: “Ouroboros”

This summer, audiences nationwide will experience the 2017 Santa Clara Vanguard through the eyes of the Ouroboros. One of the oldest mystical symbols in the world, the Ouroboros is an ancient image of a serpent eating its own tail, which is known to represent introspection and the cyclicality of something constantly re-creating itself. This serves as the perfect metaphor to celebrate […]
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Meet The Leadership: 2017 SCV Color Guard

At the center of every strong drum corps is a strong team of member leadership. Serving as a liaison between performers and staff, this team of veteran members also puts in the extra effort to lead by example and set a standard for the entire corps. “We have a very talented and experienced group of performers […]
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Paul Rennick Inducted to DCI Hall of Fame

Vanguard Music and Performing Arts is proud to say “Congratulations” to Santa Clara Vanguard’s Percussion Caption Head and Designer, Paul Rennick! Join us in celebrating Paul’s well-deserved honor of being inducted into the the DCI Hall of Fame! He joins the company of 125 other incredibly talented individuals, including fellow SCV design staff members Denise Bonfiglio, […]
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Meet The Leadership: 2017 SCV Percussion

At the center of every strong drum corps is a strong team of member leadership. Serving as a liaison between performers and staff, this team of veteran members also puts in the extra effort to lead by example and set a standard for the entire corps. “In each area of the percussion section, we are fortunate […]
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Vanguard Welcomes Michael Gaines as Creative Director

With the 2017 DCI season quickly approaching, Vanguard Music and Performing Arts is excited to announce the appointment of Michael Gaines to the organization in the role of Creative Director! In this key role, Gaines will work closely with the Santa Clara Vanguard design team, while also overseeing the creative direction of all programs and marketing for the VMAPA organization. “I am […]
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SCV 50th Anniversary Book!

It has been an exciting 50 year journey for the Santa Clara Vanguard. Year after year, our members perform spectacular productions, in amazing venues, for eager fans all around the country. Regardless of the year you were active in our organization, all of us share that common bond and the love we have for this […]
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Meet the Leadership: 2017 SCV Brass

At the center of every strong drum corps is a strong team of member leadership. Serving as a liaison between performers and staff, this team of veteran members also puts in the extra effort to lead by example and set a standard for the entire corps. “We are fortunate to have 4 outstanding leaders in the […]
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Vanguard Winter Guard Will Continue Local Education

As we wish our best to the 2017 WGI performers this week, Vanguard Music and Performing Arts will continue to grow its educational programs by enhancing workshop and clinic offerings for the 2017-2018 season. VMAPA will focus on widening these offerings to include more music, dance and winter guard opportunities to young performers in the Bay […]
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2017 Pacific Procession

Coming this summer, Vanguard Music and Performing Arts is proud to present Pacific Procession, one of the Bay Area’s most exciting drum corps events of 2017! Join us on Monday, June 26 at Santa Clara High School for this year’s show featuring Santa Clara Vanguard, Vanguard Cadets, and special guest the Phantom Regiment from Rockford, […]
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DCI Finals Week: SCV Headquarters Hotel

When you come to Indy for the 2017 DCI Championships, stay and celebrate with us at the Santa Clara Vanguard Headquarters Hotel – the Downtown Marriott (clink the links for pictures)! The Indianapolis Marriott Downtown boasts 622 guest rooms and junior suites which include luxurious linens, signature bath products, flat-screen TVs with HD programming and functional work areas. […]
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“Building Our Future” Capital Campaign

It is an exciting time for Vanguard Music and Performing Arts and the Santa Clara Vanguard as we celebrate 50 years of history and excellence. In May of 2016, we sat down with our board of directors, staff, and a group of select Vanguard constituents for a strategic planning session to lead us into our […]
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Announcing.. Vanguard Music and Performing Arts!

The Santa Clara Vanguard, one of the nation’s leading drum and bugle corps and performing arts organizations based in Santa Clara, CA, announced today that it is updating its legal name in recognition of its expanded mission as it celebrates more than 50 years of providing music and performance opportunities to young men and women […]
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Meet the Leadership: 2017 SCVC Drum Majors

It is our pleasure to announce that the 2017 Vanguard Cadets will be led by Head Drum Major, Joselyne Grace and Assistant Drum Major, Sarah Nishikawa. Both these talented young women served in drum major roles with SCVC last summer, and we are proud to welcome them back to the podium. The pair has shown great direction, […]
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Announcing the 2017 SCV Hall of Fame Class

The Santa Clara Vanguard is honored to announce our 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees. They are: Lou Avilla, Elaine Kono, and Kathy Pearson. These three notable individuals join the 20 previously-inducted SCV Hall of Fame members, including Vanguard greats like Myron Rosander, Fred Sanford, and our Corps founder, Gail R. Royer. View the complete list of SCV Hall of Fame members […]
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Volunteer with Vanguard in 2017!

Vanguard volunteers serve as the heart of our organization. Made up of parents, friends, alumni and fans, they generously offer their time in a variety of ways including: preparing meals, fitting and washing uniforms, driving corps vehicles, fixing equipment, and providing support for our summer tour. We are currently looking for volunteers to help on “Miss Amana” – our fully […]
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Volunteer on Vanguard Hall & Fleet Day!

Are you.. Looking for ways to give back to your local community?  Needing to fulfill some volunteer service hours for school? Wondering how you can help out your favorite nonprofit organization? If so, we want YOU to come out and volunteer at our upcoming Vanguard Hall and Fleet Day! Running a facility and vehicle fleet as large as […]
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DCI Finals Week – SCV HQ Hotel & 2017 Ticket Blocks

  When you come to Indy for the 2017 DCI Championships, stay and celebrate with us at the Santa Clara Vanguard Headquarters Hotel – the Downtown Marriott (clink the links for pictures)! The Indianapolis Marriott Downtown boasts 622 guest rooms and junior suites which include luxurious linens, signature bath products, flat-screen TVs with HD programming and functional work […]
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2017 DCI Annual Meeting Recap

Last weekend, representatives from Drum Corps all around the country came together in Atlanta for DCI’s annual winter business meetings. Topics ranged from judging recaps to SoundSport involvement and everything in between! It’s a great opportunity for drum corps directors to put their heads together and discuss ways to move our activity forward. Here is a taste of […]
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2017 SCV Birthday Brunch

50 years, 5 decades, half a century – no matter how you look at it, it’s an incredibly huge milestone. That’s why we’re throwing a “Birthday Brunch” in celebration of our 50th birthday on the morning of Saturday, March 25 at the Vanguard Corps Hall! We hope you will come and join us in celebrating the Vanguard’s rich history with […]
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Meet the Leadership: 2017 SCV Drum Majors

Behind (or should we say.. in front of) every great drum corps is a great drum major. Someone who can lead the membership not only on the field, but off the field as well. Someone who is willing to accept additional responsibility and take on new challenges. Someone that represents and embodies the values of the organization, […]
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