​SWMEA and CSBC Partner in 2020 - 2021 Season Events

Chino Hills, CA - August 3, 2020 - The Southwest Music Education Association and the California State Band Championships are affiliated non-profit organizations that support music education and music competitions in California and beyond. In order to best meet the needs of all stakeholders, the joint board of directors have announced the following offerings for the 2020 - 2021 school year:

  1. SWMEA Music Advocacy Network
    1. SWMEA will be a resource for the musical arts community for music advocacy information, education, and partnership.
  2. V-Max Education Clinics
    1. The MAX experience (Marching Arts Experience) has been expanded to V-MAX: The Virtual Musical Arts Experience.
    2. Online master classes will be offered for Music Teachers, Coaches, Students, and Community Members in various areas throughout the fall.
  3. FREE Virtual Solo and Ensemble Competitions.
    1. Individuals and Small Ensembles (if feasible with social distancing or through the use of technology) will be able to submit their performance to be evaluated by our judges.
    2. Master classes will be given by industry professionals at the beginning of the process to help prepare the students for their submission.
    3. Top performances will be highlighted during a live capstone master class and featured as the paradigm for excellence.
    4. Schools and students will have access to this resource at no charge.
  4. CSBC to expand its competition offerings to CSBC Winds and CSBC Jazz.
    1. CSBC Winds will be an indoor marching competition offered between March and May. Competition dates and locations will be announced at a later date.
    2. CSBC Winds is a WGI Circuit Partner. CSBC Winds will support the WGI Competition format and adjudication criteria.
    3. CSBC Jazz will be offered on the same day at the same location as the CSBC Winds competitions, but will be in a different venue at that location.
    4. CSBC Jazz will offer quality adjudication and clinics from education professionals as well as active performing artists.

SWMEA and CSBC strive for excellence in partnering with schools and independent performing ensembles. While a traditional field competition season will not be held in the fall of 2020, the above offerings are an expansion to the current areas of service and not in lieu of the fall activities. The joint board of directors looks to the future with these new and innovative offerings and is excited to add these offerings to our annual line-up.

Registration opens April 1st @ 12 PM PST

The 2020 CSBC Event Schedule is NOW available!!

CSBC registration is powered by Competition Suite. Please check your log in credentials PRIOR top April 1st to make sure that your profile and ensemble information is correct. If you are new to CSBC, please contact Carl W. Nelson, Director of Operations. [email protected]

Registration for ALL events including the Marching Arts Experience - MAX! and CSBC Championships will open on April 1st @ 12 PM PST. To register for the 2020 CSBC Season go to WWW.COMPETITIONSUITE.COM

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Drum Corps at the Rose Bowl - FREE

We are proud to be a sponsor of the Pacific Crest Outreach Program and helping 100 students attend the Drum Corps at the Rose Bowl free of charge! Nearly 11,000 people attended the 2019 edition of Drum Corps at the Rose Bowl. In the audience were 4,300 high school band students — many of whom were introduced to the magic of live DCI performance that night. Check out this FANtastic opportunity from Pacific Crest and CSBC! #CSBC2020

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2019 CSBC Championships


The 2019 CSBC Division Finals and State Finals were a FANtastic culmination to an exciting season!! Congratulations to all of the student performers, staff members, and directors that participated in the 2019 season!!

2019 CSBC Championships - Division Champions

Division 1A - Ocean View HS

Division 2A - Dana Hills HS

Division 3A - Capistrano Valley HS

Division 4A - Herbert Hoover HS

Division 5A - Gahr HS

Division 6A - Woodbridge HS

2019 CSBC Championships - State Champions

1A/2A/3A - Capistrano Valley HS

4A/5A/6A - Gahr HS

CSBC - Where Champions Play!

CSBC - The History of Champions

From its inception in 2007, the California State Band Championships has had a rich history of champion bands over the last 12 years. The CSBC offers Divisional Finals, where “class champions” are crowned every year. In 2014, due to the expansion of the circuit, an open class “state finals” was created, offering the title of “State Champion” to the winner of this competition. As we approach the final weekend, the CSBC sends out a special recognition and thank you to the following champion bands (number in parentheses indicates the number of champion titles since 2007):

    • Temescal Canyon HS
    • Calvary Chapel HS
    • Bellflower HS
    • Ocean View HS (4)
    • Desert Hot Springs HS (2)
    • Bishop Amat HS (2)
    • Jurupa Hills HS
    • Huntington Beach HS
    • Chaffey HS
    • Pacifica HS (2)
    • North Torrance HS
    • Edison HS
    • Orange Lutheran HS
    • Sultana HS (2)
    • West Valley HS
    • Pacifica HS
    • Don Lugo HS (3)
    • Torrance HS
    • Capistrano Valley HS (6 + 1 State Champion)
    • Summit HS
    • Gahr HS (6 + 5 State Champion)
    • Lakeside HS
    • Herbert Hoover HS (4)
    • Valhalla HS
    • Redondo Union HS (2)
    • Mayfair HS (3)
    • Schurr HS
    • Ontario HS
    • Fountain Valley HS
    • South Torrance HS (2)
    • Woodbridge HS (3)

The California State Band Championships salutes all of our over 150 bands that participated in our shows in 2019, and offer a hearty “good skill!” to our 52 Divisional Finals marching bands.

Here is a complete listing of the CSBC History of Champions!

End of Season Survey

The CSBC is California's most exciting marching arts circuit today! In order to meet your needs as a participant in CSBC, we HIGHLY value your input.

We would not be here without YOU!

Please take a moment to go through this very important survey, and let us know where we did things right, where we can be better, and anything else you need us to know!

2019 CSBC End Of Season Survey


2020 CSBC Event Host Application - New and Returning Event Hosts

Are you interested in hosting a CSBC event in 2020? All potential new and returning event hosts must complete the 2020 CSBC Event Host Application no later than December 20th. Don't miss out on the action, host a CSBC Event in your area. CSBC - Where Champions Play!

2020 CSBC Event Host Application

Championship Tickets NOW AVAILABLE

Get your tickets today for both championship weekends:

November 16
Semi Finals Division 2A/5A @ Yorba Linda HS
Semi Finals Division 3A/4A @ Capistrano Valley HS
Semi Finals Division 1A/6A @ Irvine HS

November 23
Championships 1A/2A/3A @ Newport Harbor HS
Championships 4A/5A/6A @ Huntington Beach HS

Please feel free to share this information with your friends, colleagues, boosters and on social media. Follow CSBC on Facebook at California State Band Championships @CalStateBandChamps or Instagram at calstatebandchamps or Twitter at CSBC @CalBandChamps .

#CSBC2019 #WhereChampionsPlay

Final 2019 Score Grid

The Grid was used by the CSBC Board to finalize schedules for the the 2019 CSBC Championships - Semi Finals events. Ensembles participating in the 2019 CSBC Championships Semi Finals are listed for each division and have been verified through registration records in Competition Suite.

The Grid is available HERE!

Week #7

This weekend marks the end of the regular season with three events! San Gorgonio, Mayfair, and San Clemente. Check out our EVENTS page for all the details!

CSBC Score Grid

The Grid is used by the CSBC Board to finalise schedules for the the 2019 CSBC Championships - Semi Finals events. Ensembles participating in the 2019 CSBC Championships Semi Finals are listed for each division and have been verified through registration records in Competition Suite. If you have any questions, please contact Carl Nelson [email protected]

The CSBC Score Grid as of November 3, 2019 may be viewed HERE!

November is here!

Where will you be? Scripps Ranch HS, Big Orange Classic @ RCC, or the Orange County Invitational @ Westminster HS! Check out all of the action today and for the remainder of the season on our EVENTS page!

CSBC Change of Classification Policy

Directors, please take a moment to review the CSBC Change of Classification policy. This addendum to the CSBC Field Tournament Rules was put into affect to support the correct classification of an ensemble and encourage directors to select the proper classification when registering for CSBC events.

Week #4 and 4 CSBC events...YES PLEASE!

This weekend CSBC will have shows at Frontier HS in Bakersfield, Capistrano Valley HS in Mission Viejo, West Valley HS in Hemet, and Grossmont HS in El Cajon! Check out this weekend and all of our events on the EVENT page!!

Week #3...Ready...Set...Go!

Join us this weekend as CSBC spans from the sea, at the South Coast Invitational on the beautiful campus of Costa Mesa HS, to the Inland Empire for the Colony Field Tournament, to the Gahr Invitational Field Tournament in Cerritos! Check the Events page for schedules and event information. See you there!

The 2019 season kicks off THIS weekend!

CSBC is proud to partner with Oak Hills High School for their field tournament this weekend as we kick off the 2019 season. Check out the EVENTS tab for information on all of the exciting CSBC events in 2019!

2019 CSBC Championship Sites NOW AVAILABLE!

Semi-Finals, Saturday, November 16, 2019

Division 3A and 4A: Location and Host: Capistrano Valley High School, 26301 Via Escolar, Mission Viejo, CA 92692, Andy Waldukat, Band Director

Division 2A and 5A: Location: Yorba Linda High School Nathan Shapell Memorial Stadium, 19900 Bastanchury Road, Yorba Linda, CA 92886, Host: El Modena HS, Band Director Brian Glahn

Division 1A and 6A: Location: Irvine High School Stadium, 4321 Walnut Avenue, Irvine, CA 92604, Host: Woodbridge HS, Band Directors Joslynne Blasdel and Brad Harris

Division Finals and Finals, Saturday November 23, 2019

Division 1A, 2A, and 3A: Location and Host: Newport Harbor High School: 600 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach, CA 92663, Band Director Andy Julian

Division 4A, 5A, and 6A: Location and Host: Huntington Beach High School: 1905 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648, Band Director Gregg Gilboe

Check out the EVENTS page for more information! Registration is still OPEN for Championships!

Registration is now OPEN!

The 2019 CSBCEvent Schedule and Registration is now open!! If you are registering with CSBC for the first time, please contact Carl Nelson at [email protected] to get set up. Be a part of the action!

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