Poway Band & Orchestra Festival

April 3 through 5, 2018

Orchestra Showcase, Wednesday, April 4

Winds Showcase, Thursday, April 5

Poway Center for the Performing Arts (PCPA)

15498 Espola Road, Poway, California 92064map

The annual Poway Band and Orchestra Festival hosted by Poway High School (PHS) and the PHS Instrumental Music Program was held on April 3rd through April 5th at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts (PCPA) on the PHS campus.

The three-day festival presented 47 talented middle school and high school ensembles from the Poway Unified School District (PUSD), as well as, from other Southern California communities. They performed before a distinguished panel of Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA) judges. In addition to festival performances, sight-reading adjudication was held for many of the ensembles.

The SCSBOA judges, who are specialists in their respective fields, made constructive comments and criticism using official adjudication forms. No winners or rankings were awarded. Ratings were given, including Superior, Excellent, and Good. Experienced music educators set the rating standards; however, the rating received is not as important as the learning process that has preceded the performance.

Participating Schools

The following schools participated at the 2018 Poway Band & Orchestra Festival:

  • Bernardo Heights Middle School
  • Black Mountain Middle School
  • Del Norte High School
  • Escondido High School
  • John Burroughs High School
  • Meadowbrook Middle School
  • Mesa Verde Middle School
  • Mt. Carmel High School
  • Oak Valley High School
  • Poway High School
  • Rancho Bernardo High School
  • Rincon Middle School
  • Twin Peaks Middle School
  • Valley Center High School
  • Westview High School

Festival Adjudicators

The Poway B & O Festival was proud to host the following distinguished adjudicators:

  • Paul Bluto, Head Judge, Tuesday, April 3
  • Doug Fischer, Band & Orchestra Judge, Tuesday, April 3
  • Ken Gammie, Band & Orchestra Judge, Tuesday, April 3
  • Charles Wolf, Head Judge, Wednesday, April 4
  • Albert Jeung, Band & Orchestra Judge, Wednesday, April 4
  • Gary Yearick, Band & Orchestra Judge, Wednesday, April 4
  • John Vorwald, Head Judge, Thursday, April 5
  • Mitch Fennell, Band & Orchestra Judge, Thursday, April 5
  • Mark Lowery, Band & Orchestra Judge, Thursday, April 5
  • Karl Fitch, Sight-Reading Judge, Tuesday, April 3 through Thursday, April 5


The Poway B & O Festival would like to acknowledge the following individuals for their support:

  • Marian Kim-Phelps, Superintendent, Poway Unified School District
  • Ron Garrett, Principal, Poway High School
  • Peter McKee, Aaron Little, & Catherine Burling, Assistant Principals, Poway High School
  • Mike Cook & Sylvester Sybilski, Festival Hosts
  • Doug Crooks, PHS Instrumental Music Assistant
  • Kelcie Kopf, PCPA Recreation Supervisor
  • Garrett Moreau & James Ingersoll, PCPA Technical Theatre Coordinators
  • Lisa Najmi, PCPA Front of House Coordinator
  • Paula Pullenza, Festival Chair
  • Laura Gonzalez Garcia, Melissa Martinez, Rhonda Skvoretz, Ilse Tyler, Kim Wetzker, & Pat Whitson, Festival Team
  • Lee Doxtader, Barbara Luena, Janet Penner, & Pam Yates, Concessions
  • Patrice Switzer, PHSMB Treasurers
  • Jamie Casados, PHSMB President

The Poway B & O Festival would not have been possible without the time, energy, and donations generously given by Poway High School students, parents, family members, friends, and alumni.

Contact Us

If you have questions or comments about the Poway Band & Orchestra Festival, please contact Paula Pullenza, at festival@phsmb.com.