The "Blue Team"

The Mira Mesa HS "Sapphire Sound", nicknamed the Blue Team, is an award-winning ensemble that is located in the heart of San Diego. It is the largest Band program in the San Diego Unified School District. Mira Mesa HS is a community based school, so most of our students have grown up with one another. The Band openly accepts new students each year to the program and they always look forward to the many performance opportunities they have as a group.

The Band has performed at notable events such as the 2000 Olympic Opening Ceremonies in Sydney, Australia, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in New York City at the United Nations and at Carnegie Hall, and they marched in the 2016 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA. The band has been selected once again to march in the January 1, 2022 Tournament of Roses Parade after the cancellation of the 2020 parade.

The school year is always a journey. We look forward to the next set of months in preparation of the Rose Parade which is a world event and celebration.

Dream, Believe, Achieve - this year's Rose Parade motto and a great one for all of us.

The 2021-2022 school year will start off with the "Sapphire Sound" Marching Band and Color Guard having class together. We will be rehearsing for field tournaments, band reviews/parades, and other school/community performances. In addition to Marching Band, there are three concert ensembles: Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and the Concert Band.

Members from the Band have the opportunity to audition for the Musical Pit Orchestra, be a part of Jazz Band or Pep Band, form small ensembles, or be a part of the solo and ensemble concert in the spring. Students will also be encouraged to audition for the San Diego Unified School District Honor Band, the SCSBOA All-Southern Honor Band, and the CBDA All-State Honor Band.

The Color Guard works along side the marching band in the fall semester, adding beauty and grace through dance techniques and expression. In the second semester the group performs for spring evaluation called Winter Guard.

Our program believes in hard work, focus, commitment, and being "All in!". We have community pride and work always towards excellence in music! Our Band room is BRAND NEW and a second home for all. The doors are always open in Sapphire Sound.

One of the most important aspects of the Sapphire Sound is their unity as the "Blue Team", their grit, their willingness to learn new things, and their hope.

Together, we achieve great things.

πŸ’™πŸ’›, Mrs. C

DIRECTOR OF BANDS

JEANNE CHRISTENSEN

(AKA: Mrs. C)

Mrs. C is beginning her 31st year in education for the 2021-2022 school year. She has had the belief in "Music" and all that it can do for a student. The arts are essential to the academic success of all students. Passion and a commitment to help students along these four years of high school is one of the things she prides herself in.

Within the Band and Color Guard, she offers a comprehensive program for students of all musical and artistic levels. Students learn and develop instrumental skills, can take AP Music Theory, which helps their growth in music comprehension and composition. Students have repeated opportunities for performance, set high goals and standards, and have the opportunity to become a student leader. Accountability and teamwork are essential in each class.

Mrs. C strives to build relationships and a community for everyone, both with students and the families in the program.

Mrs. C is currently President of SCSBOA (Southern CA School Band & Orchestra Association), one of the oldest professional organizations for music education in the State of CA. She is also a board members of CBDA (CA Band Directors Association).

Mrs. C says, "It is an honor and privilege to help guide music education, not only for the students of Mira Mesa HS, but also at the state level in CA." Her favorite mottos are "All in" and "Make a Difference".

Welcome to the Blue Team!

DIRECTOR OF ORCHESTRAS/BAND ASST. DIRECTOR

MATTHEW MULVANEY

(AKA: Mr. M)

Mr. Mulvaney, is the Director of Orchestras and Assistant Band Director at Mira Mesa High School. As the orchestra director at Mira Mesa, Mr. Mulvaney oversees both the Symphony and Concert Orchestras.

Mr. Mulvaney is an active member of the National Association for Music Education, the American String Teachers Association, the Southern California School Band & Orchestra Association, and currently serves as Past President of CODA (California Orchestra Directors Association). Mr. Mulvaney holds degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of Miami.

He's talented, will make you laugh, and is very smart! 😊

Blue Team Staff

Joseph Hayes - Visual Caption Head and Brass Instructor

Kevin Harrell - Program Coordinator

Mike Holguin - Percussion Caption Head

Jack Nevin - Percussion Instructor

Sarah Abdulal - Color Guard Director

Chance Webb - Color Guard Instructor

Brendalyn Knight - Marching Tech

Brandon Wallace - Marching Tech

Edison Cartas - Marching Tech