High School Band Challenge

Golden Gate Park - Bandshell (Spreckels Temple of Music)
Monday, October 14, 2019
10 am - 2 pm

The United States Marine Corps 1st Marine Division Band kicks off this event with a stirring performance of patriotic songs and a musical celebration. The thrill of the music continues as select Bay Area high school bands then take the stage, competing for prize money to support their school music programs.

Navy Band Southwest

Navy Band Southwest is one of the Navy's finest and oldest continuing musical organizations. Now with over 80 years of support to the San Diego community, the band serves as the musical ambassador for the Commander, Navy Region Southwest. Under the direction of Lieutenant Jane E. Hoffman, the band is located onboard Naval Base San Diego, and serves the military and civilian communities throughout the Southwestern United States.

The 45-member organization calls upon its Ceremonial Band for the majority of its work. The band's other performing ensembles include the Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, SeaBreeze, the band's reception combo, Brass and Woodwind Quintets, 32nd Street Brass Band, and the popular music group ensemble the Destroyers.

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Navy Band Southwest averages over 600 performances a year. In addition to the many military activities it supports, the band's majority of performances are in support of the Navy's retention and recruiting initiatives. It also performs for many different community concert series and professional sporting events, including regular performances with the San Diego Symphony Summer Pops. As the strong proponent of music education, Navy Band Southwest proudly participates in the Navy's "Partnership in Education" program through educational concerts and clinics for school music programs.

Navy Band Southwest is a particularly important part of San Diego's military heritage. Originating in 1923, Navy Band Southwest takes pride in upholding its rich tradition and promoting the pride and professionalism of today's United States Navy.

2018 SFFW - Neighborhood Pop-up Concert Schedule

32nd Street Brass Band

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Woodwind Quintet

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Ceremonial Band

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United Marine Corps - 1st Marine Division Band

Visit The Band's Website


2018 SFFW - 1st Marine Division Band Performance Schedule

Oct. 4th - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Honor Our Fallen Concert - Marines' Memorial Theatre
Oct. 5th - 11:00 am - 12:00 pm - Powell Street Cable Car Turnaround
Oct. 5th - 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Argonne Park - Richmond District
Oct. 6th - 11:00 am - 11:30 am - K9 Heroes: Bark at the Park - Duboce Park
Oct. 6th - 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm - 82 West Portal Ave - West Portal District
Oct. 7th - 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm - Italian Heritage Parade Through North Beach

High School Band Challenge Performances

Oct. 8th - 11:55 am - 12:15 pm | 2:20 pm - 2:40 pm | 2:50 pm - 3:00 pm - GGP Bandshell