The Samohi Viking Marching Band (VMB) is one of the largest and best-known ensembles at Samohi. Our musicians and color guard perform at pep rallies, football games, and community events, and they compete in field-show competitions all over Southern California.

In the fall, Marching Band and Color Guard meet every morning at 7:20 am, even on Samohi late-start days. They also have one three-hour rehearsal each Thursday or Friday afternoon as they learn and practice their field show, which they start taking to comps starting in mid-to-late October.

In the spring, Color Guard also has an optional A-period class, Winter Guard, which competes and performs on its own. Each semester of marching band or color guard counts for one semester of PE credit.

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Registration and Expenses: Necessary forms and voluntary contributions keep the marching band program humming.

Band Camp: Mandatory marching band camp is held over the last two weeks of summer.

Football Games: The band plays pep songs in the stands at all Friday night home games during football season, which runs from late August to late October.

Marching Band Comps: The band competes in five field-show tournaments (or competitions/comps), mostly on Saturdays, between late October and mid-November.

Uniforms: Read about casual and competition uniforms here.

Volunteering: Read about volunteering for marching band here.

Reach Out to Us!

Questions? Problems? Write to Kevin McKeown, Director of Bands, at; send an email to; or write to the 2023 VP of Marching Band, Stephanie Manglaras, at

We look forward to working with your student. Go Vikings!