Latest News From VMAPA

Vanguard Cadets name new Corps Director for 2019

As we approach the start of audition season, Vanguard Music and Performing Arts is very excited to introduce the 2019 Vanguard Cadets corps management team! Please join us in welcoming Rob Shetland as the Vanguard Cadets’ new Corps Director, and Chris Roberts as the Vanguard Cadets’ Assistant Corps Director. “We are very pleased to welcome […]
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Meet the 2019 SCV Caption Managers

Following the recent announcement of the 2019 SCV Design Team and appointment of David Yunis as SCV Corps Director, Vanguard Music and Performing Arts is now pleased to introduce the 2019 Santa Clara Vanguard Caption Managers! “This team is made up of world class educators who are some of the greatest minds in our activity […]
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2019 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 2019 seasons of our Youth Brass and Youth Percussion Ensembles! The Youth Brass Ensemble (YBE) and Youth Percussion Ensemble (YPE) are premiere performing […]
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VMAPA 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! We will be having our VMAPA Gift Wrapping Booth at Westfield Valley Fair Mall starting December 1st […]
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David Yunis Selected As New SCV Corps Director

With just over one month until our first audition camp of the 2019 season, Vanguard Music and Performing Arts is very excited to announce the promotion of David Yunis to the position of Santa Clara Vanguard Corps Director! No stranger to the organization, David previously served as SCV Corps Manager and played a key role […]
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2019 Vanguard Cadets Audition Info!

We’re extremely excited to know that you’re interested in spending your summer as a member of the Vanguard Cadets! Whether it’s your first time auditioning or you’re hoping to return to the organization for another season, we are eager to welcome you. Your journey to excellence starts here! This season we are hosting one Vanguard […]
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Vanguard Performance at San Jose Earthquakes Game!

Sunday, October 21, join Vanguard at Avaya Stadium in San Jose as we help celebrate “Santa Clara Day” with the San Jose Earthquakes soccer team! The Earthquakes’ final regular season home match of 2018 will kick off at 2:00pm – but make sure you show up plenty early because we’ll be there jamming out and […]
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Welcome Back: The 2019 SCV Design Team

Vanguard Music and Performing Arts is pleased to introduce the 2019 Santa Clara Vanguard Design Team. Michael Gaines, Creative Director & Drill Designer Scott Koter, Program Coordinator Andy Toth, Visual Coordinator Paul Rennick, Music Coordinator & Percussion Arranger Sandi Rennick, Percussion Arranger JD Shaw, Brass Arranger Bart Woodley, Consultant Michael Rosales, Lead Choreographer As you may notice, […]
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News from Vanguard Music and Performing Arts

It is with great sadness and best wishes that Vanguard Music and Performing Arts announces the resignation of Shaun Gallant, SCV Corps Director and VMAPA Director of Programs. After two successful years at Vanguard, Shaun has accepted the Executive Director position at Blue Devils Performing Arts and will be transitioning effective September 24, 2018. As […]
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Vanguard Cadets Launch California Initiative

Every year around this time, the Board of Directors and VMAPA Management team take a hard look at each program to make sure VMAPA is staying true to its mission and operating within a budget. Changes are then considered within all programs, which is normal, especially for an innovative and forward-thinking organization like VMAPA. The […]
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Vanguard at Santa Clara’s Art & Wine Festival

The Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival returns on September 15 & 16 to celebrate 38 years of bringing our community together! With nearly 60,000 people in attendance each year, this annual event features the talents of local and regional artists with 165 arts and crafts booths to visit, 25 community food vendors, six vintners pouring […]
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2019 Vanguard Auditions

We’re extremely excited to know that you’re interested in spending your summer as a member of our Vanguard Family! Whether it’s your first time auditioning or you’re hoping to return to the organization for another season, we are eager to welcome you. Your journey to excellence starts here, with just 3 easy steps! Step 1: […]
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Miss Amana Update: How You Can Help

Following this morning’s unfortunate news, we have been amazed by the outpouring of love and support from our drum corps community. To all the parents, alumni, and fans who have reached out with donations and have offered to help volunteer – thank you! Rest assured that the corps will not miss a meal, due to […]
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SCV Kitchen Truck Involved in Accident, Driver is Safe

Early this morning, July 17, Santa Clara Vanguard’s mobile kitchen truck, lovingly known as Miss Amana, was involved in a single-vehicle accident along KS-99 while traveling to Oklahoma following the corps’ performance in El Dorado, KS. The driver of Miss Amana is safe while only sustaining minor injuries. “We are thankful to those who first […]
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SCVC 2018: “Off The Wall”

For millennia, all artists have been captivated by the simple question, “What will happen next?” And when the answer surprises us – a left turn when we expect to go right; silence instead of cacophony – we lean in, curious. An unfulfilled expectation can suddenly shift our view of an idea, another person, or even […]
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SCV 2018: “Babylon”

In a time when words fail, music and movement become the foundation upon which to communicate, and serve as the building blocks to once again unite humanity. This summer, the Santa Clara Vanguard is proud to present their 2018 program – “Babylon” The infamous story of the City of Babylon tells of a utopian society […]
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The Vanguard Experience: Ashland, OR

Year after year we work hard to provide our members with the best possible VANGUARD EXPERIENCE, and now we want to share that with you! Join us for this new and exciting marching music clinic, aimed at providing students with a deeper look into what it’s like to be part of a world class drum […]
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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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DCI West Skybox Tickets

The incredible sights and sounds of drum corps are returning to Stanford Stadium on Saturday, June 23! DCI West is one of the biggest drum corps shows on the West Coast, and we want to make sure you have the best seats in the house. To get your tickets in the Vanguard Skybox, simply call […]
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Celebrate with us at the Vanguard End of Season Banquet!

We would like to invite you to celebrate with us at the 2018 Vanguard End of Season Banquet in Indianapolis! The day after DCI World Class Finals, we will all come together at the JW Marriott to recognize the outstanding season-long achievements of the Santa Clara Vanguard and Vanguard Cadets. When: Sunday, August 12 from 10:30 AM to […]
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Pacific Procession 2018

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 2018! Join us on Monday, June 25 at Santa Clara High School for this year’s show featuring Santa Clara Vanguard, Vanguard Cadets, and our special guest the Troopers from Casper, […]
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2018 VMAPA Spring Workshop Series

Are you searching for an opportunity to become a better musician or performer? Have you ever wanted to learn from the talented educators at SCV? Now’s your chance with the 2018 VMAPA Spring Workshop Series! For select dates in March and April, we are bringing our staff to YOU. Sign up for an event and […]
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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: Sales@scvanguard.org or call: 408-727-5532 x15. VANGUARD 2017: OUROBOROS COSTUME 47 – White and Red Tunics (1-XS, 20-S, […]
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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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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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2018 VMAPA Birthday Brunch

Happy 51st Birthday Santa Clara Vanguard!  The 2018 Silent Auction is now live with items including electronics, sports tickets, wine tastings, travel packages, and more! We’re even auctioning off a few special pieces from SCV history. Click here to check it out and start bidding today! Vanguard Music and Performing Arts is proud to celebrate […]
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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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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 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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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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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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